New Columbia B-School Offering

Last year, in the wake of the economic crisis, Columbia Business School formed a curriculum committee that has shared news of the launch of a new course this semester called “The Future of Financial Services.”

The course will take an interdisciplinary perspective, the school explains, drawing on finance, economics, management, behavioral economics, decision making, and risk management to examine real estate, securitization, derivatives, governance, regulation, and other aspects of the industry.

According to the course catalog, the class has three key objectives: 1) Understanding the web of interconnected developments contributing to the crisis; 2) Recognizing the implications of public policy and regulation for the crisis and for the future; 3) Capturing business opportunities and identifying winners in the wake of the crisis.

The professors, which include a team of Dean Glenn Hubbard and Senior Vice Dean Chris Mayer, are not guest lecturing, but rather attending and participating in each lecture, which allows students to learn the synergies between each area of study and how these disciplines can rebuild the economy.

This course will challenge students to discover new opportunities for products and businesses by building on an analysis of the crisis and the changing landscape of the industry.

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