Professor Profiles: Terry Taylor, Haas School of Business

Many MBA applicants feel that they are purchasing a brand, but the educational experience itself is crucial to your future, and no one will affect your education more than your professors. Each Wednesday, we profile a standout professor as identified by students. Today, we focus on Terry Taylor from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.

After stints at Columbia Business School and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, Terry Taylor (“Operations Management”) came to Haas in 2007. Considering that Taylor, who has a PhD from Stanford in management science and engineering, is often named in student blogs and online student chats as a favorite among students, he not surprisingly won the Earl F. Cheit Excellence in Teaching award in 2009. Taylor’s academic interests include the economics of operations management and supply chain management. His core “Operations Management” course looks at operational issues confronted by manufacturing and service companies. In addition to reportedly having a well-organized curriculum and classes—which, according to a second-year student with whom mbaMission spoke, have “no down time”—Taylor, who sometimes uses references to Seinfeld episodes to illuminate concepts, can make technical subjects very interesting. A second year told mbaMission, “He’s pretty young and has a style that mixes high energy with a dry sense of humor.”

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