Friday Factoid: At Tuck, Research Isn’t Only for Professors

The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College is known for its close-knit community and small faculty-to-student ratio. The school’s research-to-practice seminars complement these characteristics. In 2008, Tuck added these seminar courses, which bring together 15 second-year students with top faculty members for a “deep dive” into a specific topic and provide a link between faculty research and its application in management. The following research-to-practice seminars were offered during the 2010–2011 academic year:

  • “Strategy in Innovation Ecosystems” with Professor Ron Adner
  • “Economics of the Credit Crisis” with Professor Robert Hansen
  • “International Entrepreneurial Finance” with Professor Rafael LaPorta
  • “Finance and Corporate Takeovers” with Professor B. Espen Eckbo
  • “Mergers and Acquisitions, Alliances, and Corporate Strategy” with Professor Margaret Peteraf
  • “Management and Dynamics of Interdisciplinary Teams” with Professor Judith White


In a Tuck Today article, Senior Associate Dean Robert Hansen says he believes the seminars help students “see the way scholars go about the business of knowledge creation.” He also notes that this unique course format is only possible at a school like Tuck, where the research faculty and teaching faculty are one and the same.

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