In the past year we have seen the addition of six faculty to the TMMBA teaching team. Many of them have been repeat recipients of teaching awards and have published well-renowned research in their fields. We’re very excited to have them as part of the TMMBA experience! Here’s a little bit on each of our new faculty members and the courses they teach.
Jeff Barden, Assistant Professor of Management
Why do some organizations succeed while others fail? One fundamental answer is strategy. Students address this question during their second quarter in Competitive Strategy. Starting this year the course is taught by Jeff Barden, who has been at the Foster School since 2005. Barden leads students through an examination of how managerial action can reinvent competition within existing industries and how the creation and implementation of strategy drives the success of business. Check out this article for highlights from his paper on the impact of corporate acquisitions on technology adoption.
Students dive into microeconomic issues their first quarter in TMMBA. Ed Rice began teaching the TMMBA Microeconomics course last quarter. He sees the course as dual purpose. First, it explains the fundamental principles of microeconomics, a theory of how agents interact in individual markets. Second, it shows students how these principles are applied to managerial decisions and firm optimization. Rice has won numerous teaching awards from his students at Foster.
Lance Young, Assistant Professor
Lance Young takes students into the world of finance in the TMMBA Corporate Financial Strategy course. Finance deals with how individuals make consumption and saving decisions and how firms make investment and financing decisions. Through his course, Young shares interesting and useful frameworks and techniques that help students develop a competitive advantage over their peers as they progress in their careers. In 2011, Young won the PACCAR Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Debra Glassman, Senior Lecturer in Business Economics
Debra Glassman helps students understand the complex global macroeconomic environment in her TMMBA course, Domestic and International Economic Conditions. Students discuss economic growth, inflation, unemployment, business cycles, fiscal policy and monetary policy. They also get a global perspective through exploration of national business systems, trade policy, the political economy of trade, and regional economic integration. After just one quarter teaching in TMMBA, Glassman was recognized by students with the Faculty of the Quarter award.
Lovell is a Foster alum, Chief Business Officer at GeekWire, and also teaches TMMBA’s new Venture Capital Investment Practicum. This two-day course synthesizes the TMMBA curricula with a refresher of marketing, finance, and management through the lens of venture capital investing. The output is an all-day competition where teams analyze two businesses and present their analysis and investment decision to a panel of entrepreneur judges.
Andy Boyer is also a Foster alum and co-founder of Social3i, a social media and online marketing consulting firm. This quarter he taught a new Social Media for Managers course in TMMBA. The course familiarized students with successful social media programs and took a broad look at social media – from tactics and tools to how to use social in their business strategy. Boyer had students contribute to a blog to share what they were learning and the progress of their class projects.