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Biography

Stanford Graduate School of Business
Lecturer in Management

Bio

Dan Klein teaches Improvisation full time at Stanford University where he is on the faculty of the Drama Department and the Graduate School of Business and teaches at the d.school. In 2009, Dan was named Stanford Teacher of the Year by the Student’s Association.

At the GSB he co-teaches (with Professor Deb Gruenfeld), “Acting With Power” which explores the use of status behaviors to increase organizational effectiveness. Dan and Deb also do a version of the class for executive education programs like the Executive Program for Social Entrepreneurs. His work at Hasso Platner Institute for Design involves teaching workshops on Improv and Design for interdisciplinary graduate students studying Design Thinking. The Hasso Platner Institue for Design is a graduate program that uses design thinking to drive multidisciplinary innovation. Students from Business, Engineering, Education and the Humanities come together to solve big, messy problems.

Beyond Stanford, Dan has lead similar workshops custom tailored for various groups, including the High Performance Leadership program at IMD Business School in Switzerland and theKauffman Fellows Program helping to train global leaders in venture capital. Dan has also partnered with Stanford Professor Carol Dweck to create interactive workshops on her breakthrough research on Mindset.

Dan’s other clients include: Cisco, Oracle, Nestle, Visa, ING, Barclay’s Global Investments, Randstad, Nobel Biocare, and many more.

Teaching

Degree Courses

2018-19

OB 333: Acting with Power

The ability to function effectively within a hierarchy is a crucial determinant of managerial success, yet many people struggle with "authority issues" that make certain hierarchical roles and positions difficult for them. This course draws on...

STRAMGT 259: MSx: Generative Leadership

Generative Leadership: How to Create Innovative Ideas and Convey Them with ImpactThere are three major sections to this course - Design Thinking, The Improvisational Mindset, and High Performance Communication.Design ThinkingOutcome:Participants...

2017-18

OB 333: Acting with Power

The ability to function effectively within a hierarchy is a crucial determinant of managerial success, yet many people struggle with "authority issues" that make certain hierarchical roles and positions difficult for them. This course draws on...

STRAMGT 259: MSx: Generative Leadership

Generative Leadership: How to Create Innovative Ideas and Convey Them with ImpactnnThere are three major sections to this course - Design Thinking, The Improvisational Mindset, and High Performance Communication.nnDesign ThinkingnnOutcome:...

2016-17

OB 333: Acting with Power

The ability to function effectively within a hierarchy is a crucial determinant of managerial success, yet many people struggle with "authority issues" that make certain hierarchical roles and positions difficult for them. This course draws on...

STRAMGT 259: MSx: Generative Leadership

Generative Leadership: How to Create Innovative Ideas and Convey Them with ImpactnnThere are three major sections to this course - Design Thinking, The Improvisational Mindset, and High Performance Communication.nnDesign ThinkingnnOutcome:...

Executive Education & Other Non-Degree Programs

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Faculty

Dan is an improviser. 30 years ago, he took a class at Stanford called Beginning Improvisation, and has been performing, studying and teaching ever since. Dan is a Lecturer in the Stanford Graduate School of Business, as well at in the Theater department and the d.school. He teaches The Improviser''s Mindset, Design Thinking, StoryCraft, Creative Collaboration, Status and Connection and Game Design at Stanford, and at dozens of companies all over the world. His recent clients include: Google, HP, Uber, VMWare, Colgate, Panasonic, LucasFilm and The Kahn Academy.

Expertise

  • Improvisation
  • Design Thinking
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