Low stakes assignments, Company value, Refutable statements
I restructured my graduate class, MBA 541, Managerial Finance with a focus on the core concept, company value maximization. The course was structured around assignments where the students would do research on a specific company for the whole quarter. These almost daily assignments all focused on value and I would specifically ask the students to make “refutable statements” on how the company was adding or detracting from value due to their financial decisions. The combination of frequent low stakes assignment and the explicit connection to value enhanced the students’ learning and improved class atmosphere.
Lending, Claire, "Improving MBA Students' Ability to do Financial Analysis" (2018). Backward by Design Mini-Studies. 21.
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