Executive MBA Lecturer
Barry Karafin is a lecturer for the Management & Global Business department.
The Art and Science of Strategy
When Steve Chappell, one of the former presidents of Telcordia who was taking a few selected courses in Rutgers EMBA, was told that Barry Karafin would be teaching Strategy in the program, he stopped what he was doing and said, “you mean THE Barry Karafin?”
This would indeed be the perfect description for Dr. Barry Karafin. He has been Vice President at Lucent/AT&T (now Avaya), interim CEO at Eastman Kodak, and is a highly sought-after consultant. His previous clients include 3Com, Adobe Systems, AT&T, Honeywell, Lucent Technologies, Thomson-CSF, and a variety of technology start-ups. His engagements include strategic and market planning, operations, technology strategy and management, and venture investment due-diligence. Two of Prof. Karafin’s start-up clients have been purchased by Fortune-500 firms.
Dr. Karafin teaches a truly capstone course in Rutgers EMBA. He synthesizes elements from finance, economics, marketing, leadership, organizational behavior, global business, and supply chain management to deliver a course that is the envy of other EMBA programs and a course that has EMBA alumni revisiting his classes. Given Prof. Karafin’s remarkable experience and exceptional teaching ability, it is not surprising that Strategy in Rutgers EMBA has been ranked #5 globally by Businessweek.
Cases discussed by Prof. Karafin vary with contemporaneous changes in global business, Some recent companies discussed include Starbucks, Honda, eBay, and Asahi Breweries.
I was honored and humbled that our group received the Karafin Strategy Award yesterday! Thank you again for always challenging us. The level of critical thinking that you demanded from us is exactly what I sought when I joined the program. The balance of content between theory and real world application was especially valuable.
I look forward to diving into the reading list soon as I've only read a handful of them so far. Thank you for taking the time to curate the list for us.
I look forward to seeing you again next month for the lecture on 6/30 (the "Rosa and Barry Extravaganza" as billed by Farrokh)!