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BUS 293 — Find Meaning at Work Based on Behavioral Science and Design Thinking

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Mondays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Jan 31—Mar 7
Time: 5:30—8:00 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jan 24
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $510
Instructor(s): Raj Bhargava
Limit: 35
Class Recording Available: No
Status: Open
Please Note: No class on February 21
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Live Online(About Formats)
5:30—8:00 pm (PT)
Jan 31—Mar 7
5 weeks
Refund Date
Jan 24
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Raj Bhargava
Please Note: No class on February 21
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
The pandemic has caused many of us to reflect about our work life. A recent survey found that 85 percent of frontline managers and employees doubt that they can live their purpose at work. Finding a career path that more closely aligns with your values and goals, or exploring ways to find more meaning in your current role, can be a crucial step toward becoming more productive, healthier, and resilient.

In this course, we will explore these and similar questions: What is the right balance of money and meaning at work for you, and how can you drive change in your organization even if you are not in charge? We will first study behavioral science research into the meaning of life, mindsets, vulnerability, and habits, and how each can impede or enhance overall satisfaction with your work. Then, using design thinking, you will apply this research—brainstorming and rapidly prototyping solutions for approaching your career and work life in new ways. Finally, you will create a plan for establishing clear goals for yourself, identifying assets you will draw on, and becoming resilient to deal with personal and organizational barriers. This course is for those at any stage of their career, whether they work at a for-profit or nonprofit organization.

Students will be assigned two hours of homework each week. Before the course begins, students will need to complete a three-hour reading and writing assignment.

Educator and Entrepreneur

Raj Bhargava teaches behavioral science and design thinking at Stanford. As a 2015 Fellow of the Stanford Distinguished Careers Institute, he studied design thinking, leadership, and preventive healthcare. He was a co-founder and board member of Jaspersoft, which was acquired by TIBCO. Earlier, he was a senior vice president at Agile Software, which was acquired by Oracle, and the CEO of Trade Inc.