SOM & BEYOND
As members of the Yale community, SOM students have almost endless oppertunities to engage in Design + Innovation.
We are one of the only business schools with a class called "Innovator" as a core requirement, and numerous courses related to D+I are offered throughout the academic year. Our faculty includes world-class leaders in the fields of creativity, innovation, and organizational behavior who constantly engage with the student body.
Rodrigo Canales does research at the intersection of organizational theory and institutional theory, with a special interest in the role of institutions for economic development. Specifically, Rodrigo studies how individuals are affected by and in turn purposefully change complex organizations or systems. Rodrigo's work explores how individuals’ backgrounds, professional identities, and organizational positions affect how they relate to existing structures and the strategies they pursue to change them. His work contributes to a deeper understanding of the mechanisms that allow institutions to operate and change. Rodrigo has done work in entrepreneurial finance and microfinance, as well as in the institutional implications of the Mexican war on drugs.
Zoë Chance studies persuasion and decision making, working passionately to understand how people can lead happier, healthier, more fulfilling lives. At Yale, Zoë teaches Mastering Influence and Persuasion, advises Center for Customer Insights consulting and research teams, and collaborates with Google and Optum Health.
Kyle Jensen is an entrepreneur, developer, and scientist. Before joining the Yale SOM faculty, he co-founded Agrivida, a venture-backed biotechnology company; PriorSmart, a patent analytics provider (acquired by RPX); and Rho AI, a software development company focused on data science. Kyle worked previously at the non-profit PIPRA, helping universities in developing economies establish technology licensing offices. In addition to teaching, Kyle works with numerous Yale start-ups outside the classroom. His research interests include entrepreneurship, intellectual property, and innovation.
Amandine Ody-Brasier in an assistant professor of organizational behavior at Yale SOM. In her research, she has examined the social construction of the market for Champagne grapes, highlighting the role of the relationships between wine houses and grape growers. Pr. Ody-Brasier’s current projects look at how market actors’ identity, both at the individual and organizational levels, may affect pricing. For instance, she studies how the relationships maintained by minority sellers may, under certain circumstances, help them improve their economic outcomes. Direct practical implications of this work include a better understanding of how organizations create and capture economic value from the relationships they maintain.
Jonathan Feinstein is interested in creativity and innovation, specifically the paths of development of creative individuals, including entrepreneurs, inventors, artists and scientists. He is the author of The Nature of Creative Development (Stanford University Press, 2006). His class The Practice and Management of Creativity & Innovation was featured in the BusinessWeek Online article, "Creativity Comes to B-Schools" in the spring of 2006 and in Fast Company in 2014; he has been extensively cited and quoted in the media for his approach to creativity. He is also interested in creativity in education and the management of creativity.
Professor King’s research examines social influence, social networks, and team dynamics. Her most recent line of research analyzes the individual and group level behaviors that are necessary to implement changes in the (re)design of organizations using wearable social sensors. This work highlights the unanticipated consequences that micro-level social networks can have in mediating planned change initiatives. More generally, Professor King’s research investigates the social processes underlying the adoption, diffusion, and utilization of new information. King’s research has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, and NPR among other media outlets.
Professor Sorenson's research interests include economic geography, economic sociology, entrepreneurship, organizational ecology, the sociology and management of science and technology, and business and corporate strategy. His most extensive line of research examines how social networks affect transactions, thereby shaping the geography and evolution of industries. Although Professor Sorenson has investigated these issues in a wide variety of settings, including banking, biotechnology, and footwear manufacturing, he has most extensively studied the entertainment industries and venture capital.
Professor Ederer's research is in the areas of organizational economics, innovation, social learning and experimental economics. Some of his recent research focuses on how investors learn from and are influenced by the decisions of their peers. He has written a series of papers on how firms design compensation and performance evaluation schemes to motivate workers to innovate, on the design of incentive systems that prevent gaming and on the optimal use of feedback mechanisms in organizations. Methodologically, he draws on a broad set of tools to most effectively address this set of research questions often combining theoretical models with experimental evidence from the lab and the field.
Yale SOM offers courses in a number of key areas that are of interest to members of the D+I Club. It starts with Innovator, a required first-year class about creating innovation-friendly environments for employees. Innovator complements the D+I curriculum, providing additional emphasis on the design thinking process.
From there, club members take electives in their personal interest areas, either at Yale SOM or in other departments across Yale University. Students have taken classes in across design, art, architecture, environmental work, public health and more.
Innovator (core requirement)
Creativity and Innovation
Sustainable Innovation in Healthcare
Game Theory and Market Design
GNAM Course: A Primer on Social & Financial Innovation
Entrepreneurship & New Ventures
Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship
Global Social Entrepreneurship: India
Start-up Founder Studies
Start-up Founder Practicum
YCCI: Customer Insights and Applications
Mastering Influence and Persuasion
Listening to the Customer
Designing Experiences and Managing Well-Being
Artificial Intelligence, Innovation, and Markets
Managing Software Development
Venture Capital & Private Equity Investments
GNAM Course: Organizational Networks
At Yale SOM, we're not just business school students - we're members of the Yale University and New Haven communities, which means that we're able to take advantage of all that Yale and New Haven have to offer. By getting involved with the greater community, D+I members enrich not only their own experience, but that of those around them as well.