It is de rigeur among MBA bloggers to write an entry describing one's pleasant surprise at finding that the teacher of at least one course that one has been dreading is able to make the driest subject come alive in wonderul and unexpected ways. To be honest, I wouldn't say that I have been dreading any particular course. However, it is fair to say (and I try to be fair, at least some of the time) that the standard of teaching is higher than we experienced while undergraduate physicists at Oxford. Given that I am paying £17k of my own money to be on the course, I should hope it is.
Stefan Szymanski (Business Economics) is a pretty damned good lecturer in my opinion, lively, interesting and a little bit opinionated. I know all about downward sloping demand curves, the Giffen good and the Nash equilibrium. If I saw A Beautiful Mind now, I could say "oh, that Nash" if it wasn't for the fact that I knew it was that Nash all along. I'm tempted to do his elective on the economics of experiences (i.e. sport and leisure), even if it is taught with PY Gerbeau of Millennium Dome fame. Actually, these days, he is best known as the finance of the delectable Kate Sanderson. I saw her once in the Anglesea Arms in Brackenbury Village and she's even better looking in real life than on TV. I saw Sophie Rasworth there once too. Anyway...
Jaideep Prabhu (Marketing Management) has the makings of not a bad lecturer, even if he did regurigate the old chestnut about the Chrevolet Nova car being a flop in Spanish-speaking countries. That one was put to rest long ago and, frankly, I expect a bschool professor to know this. But still, I'm now familiar with STP, the 3Cs and the 4Ps.
Yiannis Gabriel (People and Organisations) comes from the old school of lecturing. Pretty dull really, but at least I'll know a Weberian bureaucracy if I ever run into one. The less said about Innovation Management the better probably, but Apple did not a monopoly of the GUI from 1984 until 1995. What about GEM, Windows 1.0/2.0 not to say Windows 3.x from 1990? 1993 was the first year more Windows software shipped than DOS software, so it did take a lonfg time for the GUI to catch on on the PC, but it was there. And we shouldn't forget windowing systems on non-PC platforms. A polite veil is probably best drawn over Quantitative Skills (but I've never done a proper statistics course, so there is interesting stuff there) too. Paul Klumpes is an eccentric Australian who is teaching us Financial Skills. He does indeed manage to make a dull subject both interesting and understandable.
Four of the courses end this week. Next week is given over to the TEchnology Venture Project and a new set of core courses starts the week after. Four more lecturers. Could (should?) be interesting.
It's the launch event for the Tanaka Business School Venture Capital Club this evening. I'm hoping that there will be some bubbly on offer or, at the very least, Imperial College claret.