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Stewart Friedman

Practice Professor of Management

Director, Wharton Work/Life Integration Project

Research Interests: work/life integration, leadership development, dynamics of change

Links: CV, Work/Life Integration Project, @StewFriedman on Twitter, Blog


  • MGMT240 - Group Dynamics

    This course is designed to develop students' skills in effectively designing, leading and consulting to teams in organizations. This will be a highly interactive course with emphasis on class participation and experiential learning. One of the goals of this course is to provide both the conceptual understanding and the behavioral skills required to implement strategies. To this end, class sessions will make use of a variety of approaches to teaching and learning, including the case method, simulation exercises and lectures. We will cover topics such as leading groups, group formation and socialization, diversity, creativity, group problem solving and decision making, conflict and knowledge sharing. Students will leave this class with knowledge of how to most effectively lead a team as well as how to be an effective team member. [NOTE: Instructors may have different objectives for this course. Please see individual instructors' syllabi for further clarification.]

  • MGMT610 - Foundations of Teamwork and Leadership

    At every level of an organization, teamwork and leadership are required for organizational success. Teamwork and leadership have always been critical to society, but they have acquired new significance in recent years during this era of heightened uncertainty, restructuring, and change. The tenor of leadership has changed as well. Many organizations are flattening their hierarchies and building work teams, with "command and control" leadership giving way to facilitation and empowerment. Format: This course focuses on developing your knowledge and skill set for teamwork and leadership. This course ismeant to be an intense immersion experience that draws strongly on the pedagogyof the "Wharton Teamwork and Leadership Simulation," a team-based, highly interactive, simulation that was designed specifically to allow you to experience the core concepts you will learn in this class. The simulation is based on research evidence and on specific business cases and outcomes. The simulation is strongly interwoven with your classroom experience and cutting edge and theory to give you a rich understanding of teamwork and leadership principles.

  • MGMT671 - Executive Leadership

    Leaders mobilize resources toward valued goals. In this course -- based on Prof. Stew Friedman's bestselling book, Total Leadership: Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life -- the focus is on growing the student's capacity as a leader in all parts of life. The purpose is to learn practical and customized lessons about how to improve performance and results at work, at home, in the community, and in the private self (mind, body, spirit) by finding mutual value among these four domains. The core idea is that leadership is about making a difference in all aspects of one's life; this course offers students the opportunity to practice the skills needed to do so, now and in the future. Students learn and apply key leadership principles and actively explore what it means for them to be real (to act with authenticity by clarifying what's important), to be whole (to act with integrity by respecting the whole person), and to be innovative (to act with creativity by experimenting with how things get done). Please visit www.totalleadership.org to learn more.

  • MGMT740 - Leading Effective Teams

    This course develops your knowledge and skills for designing, leading, and consulting with teams in organizations. The goals are to provide both the conceptual understanding and the behavioral skills required to improve effectiveness. This course emphasizes class participation, readings, analytic and reflective writing, assessments, peer coaching, lectures, simulations, and an intensive field project. Four kinds of teams are the focus of study: teams of which you've been a member in the past; your 740 team, with three or four classmates; a team outside of 740 that your 740 Team will observe, analyze, and report on --your Host Team; and a team that you expect to be on in the future. The case material for learning and applying course concepts will be these teams that you know from direct observation and experience. Expect to leave this course with new knowledge of how to diagnose and intervene to improve the performance, sustainability, and impact on the members of any team in any setting.