Leadership in the Global Economy

Taught by: Matthew Slaughter, Paul Danos Dean of the Tuck School and the Earl C. Daum 1924 Professor of International Business

Class size: 60

Highlight: Testifying before a mock Congressional committee

Suggested Reading: The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Economist

In the fall of his second year at Tuck, Max Pinto T’13 found himself testifying before the House Financial Services Committee on whether or not the U.S. should raise the import tariff on goods from developing countries. Pinto delivered his testimony cleanly, but was caught off-guard by the first question, which came from the representative from Vermont: How can my state become more competitive when it is losing jobs to China? “I totally flubbed the answer,” Pinto recalled. “And I’m lucky to have faced that challenge for the first time in a classroom environment.” Classroom? Yes. It was just another day in Leadership in the Global Economy (LGE), one of the most popular electives at Tuck.

Taught by professor Matthew Slaughter, the course takes on a different global business issue each week and becomes a mock congressional forum, with students playing CEOs of major corporations, world leaders, and other high-profile roles. The students not testifying get to ask tough questions that wrest control of the narrative from the witnesses. In Slaughter’s words, the intent of the class format is to enable students to craft and present a “teachable point of view (TPOV),” which is an informed vision of the future and a plan for how to get there. “Successful leaders—both in business and outside—tend to be individuals who can develop and articulate TPOVs in a way that others find compelling,” Slaughter said.