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Stanford GSB 591 (MBA), Management Practices, Winter 2012

Nick Bloom and John Van Reenen co-teach a course about core modern management practices based on around a decade of research by the LSE, McKinsey, Stanford, the World Bank and the EBRD. Aimed at 1st and 2nd year MBA students.

*In weeks 2,3 and 4, turning-point software used for interactive scoring game (if software not available, scoring game can be accessed on cellphones at www.polleverywhere.com/login).

MIT Organizational Economics PhD Mini-Course, Winter 2010

Nick Bloom and John Van Reenen teach a mini-course on the measuring and explaining the differences in management and organizational practices across firms and countries. Aimed at 2nd+ year PhD students.

  • Lecture 1 – Measuring and Explaining Management Practices
  • Lecture 2 – Measuring and Explaining Organizational Practices


Click here for a 20-minute video providing an overview of a Stanford University and World Bank management field experiment in India which investigates the causal impact of the adoption of modern quality, inventory and efficiency management practices.

Click here for a powerpoint pack including photos related to management and work practices of textile factories in China and India.

Click here for a powerpoint pack including photos related to work practices of small and medium enterprises in Indonesia.