About Mason Carpenter

Mason was the Weikel Professor of Leadership in the Wisconsin School of Business Management and Human Resources Department before he passed in 2011. Academically, Mason was a prolific scholar (Vita), one of those unusual individuals who publishes both in the … Continue reading


The Wisconsin School of Business lost beloved professor and friend Mason Carpenter on September 22, 2011, after a year-long battle with cancer. Mason joined the Management and Human Resources faculty in 1997, and served as professor of Strategic Management, M. … Continue reading

Words in Sentences Org Design Exercise

The attached documents (below) contain the instructions to distribute to students and the raw material strips for the exercise. The attached PowerPoint file contains a list of what to prepare before class (slide 1) and the slides for class, including discussion … Continue reading

Alaska Gold Mine Exercise

The Alaska Gold Mine case is my (Mason’s) favorite starter case for undergraduate, MBA, and executive MBA strategy courses. Reprinted here with permission of author Jeffrey Barach along with my PointPoint slides I use to administer the case. Click to … Continue reading

Quarter-length and Semester-length Simulations

Attention simulation users: It would be great to have a separate page for each simulation below. If you have used it and can summarize strengths, limitations, and some tips for implementing, please submit a full entry on the simulation. Click … Continue reading

Learning Through Simulations and Exercises

I’ve been using simulations to tie together segments in my class and to give students a better experience with the process of strategy.  It is important to allocate a good chunk of time — from one to three hours — … Continue reading

Mini Cases

I developed a number (39!) of mini-cases to demonstrate a range of strategy topics.  I usually use the cases and their attached questions at the beginning of a lecture or part way through to break up the pace.  I find … Continue reading

Thai Chempest: International JV Negotiation Exercise

“I have the students do an international JV negotiation exercise with the case “Thai Chempest” (available through Prentice Hall’s database of cases).  One team plays the role of the U.S. company, one team is the local Thai company, and the … Continue reading

Teaching extended (multi-part) cases

At the 2003 SMS Conference, Mason Carpenter (me), Amy Hillman, W. Gerry Sanders, & Gerry Keim presented a program on challenges and opportunities of teaching extended session strategy classes.  The hand-out with several of the pertinent suggestions are provided in … Continue reading

Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics (various)

The Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics has launched a free online video series, the Masters Seminars in Business Ethics. Topics include: Building Trust with Stakeholders, Creating a Culture of Integrity, Teaching Business Ethics, and History of the CSR Movement. … Continue reading