Class Closers

  • “On the first day of class I choose a simple, one-page Fortune article that seems to cover many complex strategy issues.  I have students attempt to summarize and describe the strategy and its merits and limitations to the class.  In the closing session, I bring out the article again and repeat the exercise.  I use this to dramatize how much the students have learned.”
  • “I close the class by outlining the different aspects of business and corporate strategy in a general framework and then ask for students to explain how the class has helped them to make sense of each aspect.  Its pretty exciting to see them show how much they have learned and helps me to re-tool the class for the next time I teach it.”
  • “I close the class by taking the basic strategy tenets and apply them at the level of the individual — to show how the students can use what they have learned to further their own interests, in addition to those of the firms for which they will work.”

Contributed by Mason CarpenterMason Carpenter

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