UM Professor’s Unique Approach to Teaching MBA Course Earns Recognition

September 17, 2018

MISSOULA – When the Academy of Management distributed best teaching practices to 5,000 of its members earlier this year, it shared innovative educational ideas from the University of Montana alongside those from Harvard University, Dartmouth College and Georgetown University.

Mike Braun, the Poe Family Distinguished Fellow in Entrepreneurship in the Department of Management and Marketing in UM’s College of BusinessThe UM course highlighted was the Master of Business Administration seminar Advanced Strategy, taught by Mike Braun, the Poe Family Distinguished Fellow in Entrepreneurship in the Department of Management and Marketing in UM’s College of Business. Braun was selected based on his unique approach to teaching corporate turnaround.

Students in Braun’s course learn how to diagnose the causes of organizational decline and develop strategies for spearheading a turnaround through individual and group assignments. Real-time case studies of companies such as Jamba Juice and Pier 1 Imports help students consider what it takes to regain competitive advantage once a company has lost touch with its customers.

“There is too much emphasis on the success stories of the Apples and Googles of the world,” Braun said. “In my view, we have lots to learn from failing organizations, and especially those that turn themselves around.”

Braun’s academic research focuses on this topic, as well as the management of family-owned enterprises. He is the U.S. editor of the Journal of Family Business Management, an imprint of Emerald Publishing. He also is co-author of the book “Mastering Strategy: Workshops for Business Success” and its and companion website, http://www.mastering-strategy.com/.

Braun joined UM in 2006 after managing leveraged buyout strategies and transactions for private equity firms for an L.A.-based boutique merchant bank. Swiss by birth, he has taught in Switzerland and Italy.

The Academy of Management is the professional association for management and organization scholars that has 20,000 members in more than 120 countries. The Strategy Division – which highlighted Braun’s course – supports the development of knowledge relevant to those who influence the strategy of organizations.

For more information and to read Braun’s interview on his corporate turnaround course, visit the Strategy Division website at https://strdiv.org/teaching/all-levels/innovative-teaching-michael-braun/.

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Contact: Elizabeth Willy, director of communications and marketing, UM College of Business, 406-243-4436, elizabeth.willy@umontana.edu.