Rolf Strom-Olsen earned his BA from the University of Pennsylvania, his MA from McGill University and his PhD from Northwestern University, all in history. A Fulbright scholar and SSRC fellow, and the author of several articles on ritual and state-building in Early modern Europe, he has been responsible for developing the Humanities curriculum in the highly-ranked MBA program of IE Business School in Madrid, where he has taught since 2009. Professor Strom-Olsen has received several teaching awards and his class is amongst the most popular in the MBA curriculum at IE.
Jan 13, 2014, www.coursera.org/course/criticalmanagement
Week 1 - The Lessons from Rome (I)
In Ancient Rome, merchant organisations very similar to modern firms were critical to capitalising key markets and to solving serious logistical problems to enable a vibrant trading network across the Mediterranean, including, critically, supplying the city of Rome itself with the food its citizens needed to survive. We will examine the Roman grain market and the organisations that operated within that market to ask: what, exactly, is a firm? What led to the firm's evolution? And what is the issue of agency that a firm inevitably entails?
Week 2 - The Lessons from Rome (II)
This lecture expands upon the first discussion, drawing from the insights gained about firm organisation in the Ancient world to ask about the effectiveness of the Forced Distribution Ranking Scheme (also known as "stack and rank", "up and out", etc...) to evaluate and promote or terminate employees, widely used by many of today's leading corporations.
Week 3 - What is Innovation?