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Scott Sonenshein


Scott Sonenshein
Henry Gardiner Symonds Professor of Management

Jones Graduate School of Business
Rice University
6100 Main Street MS 531
Houston, TX 77005

Phone: 713-348-3182
Office: 230 McNair Hall
Email: scotts 'at' rice.edu

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Dr. Sonenshein has taught a variety of courses in the full-time MBA and professional MBA programs, as well as in executive education seminars to participants from a variety of industries and backgrounds. He uses research-based tools and frameworks that come to life through engaging, experiential exercises that challenge participants to rethink and recalibrate how they lead their their projects, groups and organizations. 

Organizational Change

Almost daily, we encounter the need to initiate, lead or adapt to change. We have each negotiated countless changes. As a result of all this practice and out of necessity, most of us have become adequate navigators of change—likely managing with some trial and error to achieve satisfactory results. However, by applying frameworks that elevate our skill set beyond a ‘common sense’ level of performance, we can markedly improve our degree and frequency of success. In this course, students improve their competencies as both leaders as well as participants in change by learning, discussing and putting into action frameworks designed specifically to effectively manage organizational change.

Leadership/Leading Teams

In this course, students learn leadership skills and have the opportunity for hands-on practice within a group setting. Establishing as our foundation two core leadership skills—vision development and influence—students, using cases and exercises, practice these skills by leading key group decisions, leading in crisis and leading information management.

Leadership/Comprehensive Business Simulation

In this course, students learn about leadership through its practice. Using a comprehensive business simulation, each student has the opportunity to take on the role of the CEO of a mid-sized manufacturing company responsible for leading their team through key decisions around research and development, strategy, marketing, finance, accounting and production. As student CEOs lead their teams in a simulated competitive marketplace, they face many unanticipated leadership challenges that test and develop their skills in communications, developing and implementing a vision, managing threats and crises, and providing developmental feedback to their teammates.

Organizational Behavior

This course introduces students to a range of perspectives and theories that enlighten the dynamics of individual, interpersonal, group and organizational processes and allow individuals to apply insights about human behavior in organizational settings. This course is useful in planning careers, managing relationships with other people, groups, and organizations, making complex decisions, designing and changing organizations, and understanding the challenges of managing others and being managed.