Organizational Behavior

Organizational Behavior

The course is designed to be a “user’s guide” to successfully understanding and navigating the work environment, largely employing a case study approach to simulate real world dilemmas and their resolution.

Course Details

January 10 – February 12
Mondays, 3:30 – 6:00 PM

Why Take This Course?

This course explores how people and organizations work. Beginning with the individual and focusing upon typical work environment issues the course moves through aspects of management (including self), team work and leadership.

The course is designed to be a “user’s guide” to successfully understanding and navigating the work environment, largely employing a case study approach to simulate real world dilemmas and their resolution. The course will be highly interactive with a great deal of class discussion and team based work.

Although most case studies are set in the corporate world, the principles they elucidate are universal and consequently have ready application in non-profit and government organizations. Typical issues exacerbated by global operations, for example geographic or time zone non-proximity, language and culture are also explored.

Professor Wallis is Professor in the Practice of International Affairs and Concentration Chair for Global Business and Finance, MSFS.

Prior to joining the MSFS leadership team, Professor Wallis engaged in a global business career working within the financial services industry. This experience was geographically based in London, New York and Tokyo and has included senior executive positions in insurance, investment banking and asset management. Specifically within the insurance industry, Professor Wallis was the Chief Risk Officer and subsequently President and Chief Executive Officer of Ambac Inc., a New York Stock Exchange Company where he also sat on the Board of Directors. Subsequently Professor Wallis worked at AIG both in New York and Tokyo, and was latterly responsible for AIG’s Regional Financial Planning & Analysis Groups based in Tokyo.

Professor Wallis holds an Honors Degree in Economics from Downing College, Cambridge, an MBA from the City University Business School, London and attended the Program for Manager Development at the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University. He also qualified MCT under the Association of Corporate Treasurers in the UK. Professor Wallis served as an Adjunct within Georgetown’s MSFS program in 2012 and 2013.

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