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SPICE’ing up Strategy

Webster University has the top-ranked chess program and one of the largest business schools in the country. The two have combined forces to offer a special weekend course in October that leverages the insights of both.

The one-credit hour management course, “SPICE’ing-Up Strategy” (MNGT 3100, MNGT 5500), focuses on the key points of successful strategic thinking, using the strategies in chess as a learning tool.

Strategic thinking — planning several moves ahead as in chess — can make a person a better business student, business leader, manager or employee. Through chess and business concepts of movement and counter-movement, students will learn how to set up their best chance of “winning the game.”

The course will be held Friday, Oct. 3 from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 4 from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Applying the strategic thinking of chess to the world of business

This course is co-taught by Susan Polgar, a chess grandmaster and Webster University’s head chess coach; Doug O’Bannon, professor of strategy in the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology; and Paul Truong, director of marketing for the Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence at Webster University.

The course will be taught on-site at Webster University’s home campus in St. Louis, Missouri, but students at Webster campus locations outside the St. Louis area have the opportunity to participate in the course online via web streaming (WebEx). Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to register for this course.

For questions, contact Peter Maher, associate dean, at or 314.246.8622.

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