Q: I teach an entrepreneurship/strategy/innovation class, where can I find your cases and teaching plans?
A: As of September 2023, most of the cases are now distributed on Harvard Business School Publishing (HBSP). If you can’t find the case on HBSP it’s likely because the case is still being drafted. Similarly, teaching plans and lecture slides are in progress and should be ready by the end of 2023, though I am happy to share drafts earlier. Just email email@example.com
Q: What is the course’s policy concerning AI writing tools?
A: For students at HBS, please follow the HBS guidelines first and foremost. Beyond that, I think using AI to improve your writing or for brainstorming is totally fine, and I expect most of you will/should use these tools. Grammarly is an AI, and I use it most of the time. Using ChatGPT to write better, for me at least, is no different.
Where the line gets crossed is when you ask an AI to do the following:
“Please write a two-page memo outlining a startup like Uber but for Dogs. Include information and outline experiments that I can run. Then include data from those experiments to convince the class that this startup idea is promising.”
In this example, the AI isn’t helping you think and write, it’s doing the assignment for you, and you are passing it off as your own, which is plagiarism.
However, using a prompt like the one above to inform your thinking and what you eventually write up in your memo is more complicated. My suggestion is to err on the side of disclosure. If you are prompt engineering your way to a great idea disclose the prompts and how the AI helped you write. You very much don’t want to accidentally plagiarize.
Q: What if my childcare falls through, and I must miss or bring a kid to class?
A: Just let me know we will work it out. Parenting is amazing but hard. Babies, toddlers, kids, and annoying teenagers are always welcome. Entrepreneurship is too often separated from family life, but it isn’t. Grandparents, cousins, and friends are also welcome.
Q: How are grades determined?
A: See the syllabus!
Q: Can I teach one of the cases you teach in this course?
A: Of course! Many of the cases are new and so might not yet be in the HBS/HBSP case library, so please be patient. I am happy to share teaching notes and other material if helpful. I am firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: Do you have office hours?
A: Yes. Please see the course’s Canvas page for arranging an appointment.
Q: Your website looks great; how did you build it?
A: I used super.so with Notion as the backend. It is super easy to translate content into a website.