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Guest Speaker: Dr. Ken Shotts, Professor at The Stanford Graduate School of Business

Biography

Stanford Graduate School of Business
The David S. and Ann M. Barlow Professor of Political Economy

Research Statement

Professor Shotts uses game theory to analyze how elections and political institutions influence policy choices made by government officials. He has published papers on presidential leadership, racial redistricting, term limits, and the politics of regulatory enforcement. He is currently doing research on several topics, including electoral accountability, policy entrepreneurship, political risk, and industry-level self-regulation.

Research Interests

  • Political economy
  • Electoral accountability
  • Policy entrepreneurship

Teaching Statement

Ken teaches GSB classes on Strategy Beyond Markets and Business Ethics. He also teaches in several Executive Education programs, including the Stanford Executive Program, Executive Program for Strategy and Organization, and Executive Leadership Development.

Bio

Kenneth W. Shotts is The David S. and Ann M. Barlow Professor of Political Economy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He received his BA in Political Science from Stanford in 1993 and his PhD from the GSB in 1999. In addition to his time at the Stanford, he has taught at Northwestern and the University of Michigan, and has been a visiting scholar at the Hoover Institution and Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD in Political Economy, Stanford GSB, 1999
  • BA in Political Science, Stanford University, 1993

Academic Appointments

  • David S. and Ann M. Barlow Professor of Political Economy, Stanford GSB, 2011-present
  • Professor of Political Economy, Stanford GSB, 2009-2011
  • Associate Professor of Political Economy (with tenure), Stanford GSB, 2006-2009
  • Associate Professor of Political Economy (untenured), Stanford GSB, 2003-2006
  • Assistant Professor of Political Science, Northwestern University, 1998-2003

Awards and Honors

  • Stanford GSB FacultyTrust Faculty Fellow, 2013-2014

Teaching

Degree Courses

2017-18

GSBGEN 208: Ethics in Management

With leadership comes responsibility. This course explores the numerous ethical duties faced by managers and organizations. It combines analytical frameworks with the latest findings on human behavior to inform a wide range of ethical decisions...

2016-17

GSBGEN 208: Ethics in Management

With leadership comes responsibility. This course explores the numerous ethical duties faced by managers and organizations. It combines analytical frameworks with the latest findings on human behavior to inform a wide range of ethical decisions...

Executive Education & Other Non-Degree Programs

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writtenExploring the Ethics Behind Self-Driving Cars

August 13, 2015

How do you code ethics into autonomous automobiles? And who is responsible when things go awry?

writtenKen Shotts: How to Understand (and Avoid) Political Risk

June 18, 2015

Political risk is inevitable, but there are ways to mitigate it.

writtenKen Shotts: Better Decisions Spring From Competition and Balance in Organizations

November 5, 2014

What the Cuban Missile Crisis can teach business leaders about monopolists and informal power.

writtenCalifornia Redistricting Panel Calls on Citizens Like Cynthia Dai, MBA ’93

November 7, 2011

Californians are trying a new way of drawing district lines, and Cynthia Dai, MBA ’93, is a key player.

writtenKen Shotts: How Does the Media Influence Political Behavior?

October 9, 2011

A political economist says an effective media makes politicians less likely to pander.

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Cases

Repsol and YPF (A): A Perfect Marriage? | P90 (A) Katherine Casey, Ken Shotts, Sheila Melvin2017

Repsol and YPF (B): Considering Options | P90 (B) Katherine Casey, Ken Shotts, Sheila Melvin2017

Repsol and YPF (C): Recovering Value | P90 (C) Katherine Casey, Ken Shotts, Sheila Melvin2017

Psaltry International Ltd: Challenges Refining Cassava Starch in Rural Nigeria | P89 Ken Shotts, Geoffrey Otieno2016

Looking Inside: Intel and Conflict Minerals | ETH-5 Kenneth Shotts, Sheila Melvin2015

‘The Nut Behind the Wheel’ to ‘Moral Machines:’ A Brief History of Auto Safety | ETH4 Neil Malhotra, Ken Shotts, Sheila Melvin2014

Barclays and the Libor: Anatomy of a Scandal | ETH-03 Ken Shotts, Sheila Melvin2013

Wastewater Recycling: Public Relations for a Controversial Technology | P73 Ken Shotts, David Hoyt, Ashish Jhina2012

Health Care Reform: 2009-2010 | P74 Alexander Hirsch, Ken Shotts2011

Repsol and YPF (A): A Perfect Marriage? | P90 (A) Katherine Casey, Ken Shotts, Sheila Melvin2017

Repsol and YPF (B): Considering Options | P90 (B) Katherine Casey, Ken Shotts, Sheila Melvin2017

Repsol and YPF (C): Recovering Value | P90 (C) Katherine Casey, Ken Shotts, Sheila Melvin2017

Psaltry International Ltd: Challenges Refining Cassava Starch in Rural Nigeria | P89 Ken Shotts, Geoffrey Otieno2016

Looking Inside: Intel and Conflict Minerals | ETH-5 Kenneth Shotts, Sheila Melvin2015

‘The Nut Behind the Wheel’ to ‘Moral Machines:’ A Brief History of Auto Safety | ETH4 Neil Malhotra, Ken Shotts, Sheila Melvin2014

Barclays and the Libor: Anatomy of a Scandal | ETH-03 Ken Shotts, Sheila Melvin2013

Wastewater Recycling: Public Relations for a Controversial Technology | P73 Ken Shotts, David Hoyt, Ashish Jhina2012

Health Care Reform: 2009-2010 | P74 Alexander Hirsch, Ken Shotts2011

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