Yuwei Shi is Professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. He was the founding dean of Middlebury’s Graduate School of International Policy and Management, and led the integration of its two predecessor schools in policy and business. He was also the founding director of the Frontier Market Scouts Program, an award winning education program in social entrepreneurship and impact investing. Yuwei is an expert in competitive strategy, early-stage venture business model development and venture performance evaluation. He has published over three dozen papers in peer-reviewed journals and a number of books and book chapters. He is an award winning teacher and researcher who has taught MBA and doctoral programs in nearly a dozen universities across the globe.
He had over a decade of experience building programs and companies as administrator at the Nanyang Business School and Middlebury, consultant to Andersen Consulting and Bain & Co, founder and executive at SFKX, PeerView, DeepK and Scholarly Exchange, and columnist for the China Economic Daily and other business media. His last non-academic job was Advising Partner at Indachin, a boutique venture capital firm, responsible for business model methodology to help grow the portfolio companies.
Yuwei earned his Bachelor of Engineering degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Master of Comparative Law from the Dedmen School of Law at Southern Methodist University, and PhD in international management from University of Texas at Dallas School of Management.
Courses offered in the past two years.
- Current term ●
- Upcoming term(s) ○
Spring 2018 - MIIS, MIIS Winter/J Term only
The Frontier Market Scouts Fellowship Research Project is one of the Fisher MBA Capstone Program options, also known as the FMS Capstone. It is a project-based course designed specifically for those MBA candidates who are enrolled in the Frontier Market Scouts Fellowship Program and choose to leverage the in-field experience with their FMS placement to achieve the learning goals set by the Fisher MBA Capstone Program. Upon successful completion of the FMS Capstone under the guidance of the academic director, students will fulfill the capstone requirements and earn six academic credits toward the MBA degree.
The FMS Capstone projects are set in collaboration with the Center for Social Impact Learning (CSIL), which aims to advance understanding about the nature of social impact ventures, their environment, organizational behavior and performance, and their externalities, as a way of making significant contributions to the growing impact investing sector. The FMS placements, managed under CSIL, allow the capstone students intimate access to the operations of a social venture, the management, and the ecosystem that may cause the rise or fall of the venture. Each FMS Capstone student is responsible for completing a study of at least one social venture that is related to the FMS placement, so as to help CSIL realize its vision. The student may also complete a comparative study of multiple ventures depending on the nature of the FMS field assignment and/or availability of other FMS Capstone students to collaborate with.
While CSIL is in charge of the FMS placement for the FMS Capstone students, the capstone projects are under the supervision of MBA faculty. The students are expected to assume the responsibility of coordinating with both the CSIL staff and MBA faculty for project related activities and scheduling.
Fall 2016 - MIIS, Spring 2017 - MIIS, Summer 2017 - MIIS, Fall 2017 - MIIS, Spring 2018 - MIIS
Building & Investing in Social Ventures II
This is a project-based course to enable students to gain in-depth experience of building a social enterprise from scratch in a complex environment, and to learn from the experience about the management of social enterprise and impact investment. The aim is for students to develop key understandings and skills in conceiving a social innovation idea and transforming it into a scalable venture with measurable impact. The course covers concepts, perspectives, and tools for social ventures to reach the various development milestones, such as building an innovative business model and competitive strategies, developing meaningful strategies to scale the enterprise and social impact, building a convincing financial model and practical financing strategies, developing the right legal and corporate structure for the venture, and building an impact measurement system that are material to the enterprise as well as stakeholders. This course adopts the raw case-method of teaching in order to minimize the classroom – practice gap commonly observed in business and management education.
Spring 2017 - MIIS, Spring 2018 - MIIS
Business Competition Practicum
This is a 3-credit course offered twice a year in the fall and spring semesters for the advanced-entry MBA students, the second-year MBA students, and other GSIPM students with special permission from the course instructor. The course is designed to center the exciting and enriching academic experience on one or more business competitions, and to provide unique opportunities for students to integrate true-life knowledge application and contemporary career skills development.
While traditional classroom learning remains essential, it is inefficient, slow, and even constraining to knowledge acquisition in today’s open-source, hyper-networked, and complex world. We need to strengthen our ability to process data, information, and knowledge from numerous sources and to generate actionable insights in whatever context we may encounter. Such true-life knowledge application requires students to embark on a journey to discover, create and validate new and useful knowledge, a superior way to knowledge internalization as well as development of contemporary career skills, such as ideation, pattern recognition, and complex communication.
Well thought-out and organized business competitions attract students from leading business schools to participate and learn every year. Over the last few years, the Fisher MBA student teams have entered and won some of the top competitions in the world, including the MBA Investment Case Study Competition by The Economist, the Business for a Better World Case Competition by Corporate Knights, the Aspen Business & Society International MBA Case Competition, and the Hult Prize, the planet’s largest student competition to solve the world’s toughest problems. Having served as advisors to most of the MIIS teams, the instructors believe strongly that business competition may be an effective approach to intensive experiential learning and hold tremendous academic value. This practicum is set up so that more students can benefit from similar experiences.
Students enrolled in the course must commit themselves to actively participate in one or more business competitions that MIIS signs up for every fall or spring, and to attend the preparation and debriefing sessions that the instructors may organize. The primary goal for the course is academic learning and career skills development. Students are encouraged to motivate themselves and each other to win the competition and find joy and satisfaction in the process. It is a Pass/Fail course based on student effort as individual and a member of his or her competitive team.
Interested students must enroll and be placed on the waiting list first. In addition, they need to email a copy of their resume to the instructors at smdow@<a href="http://miis.edu">miis.eduand email@example.com.
Fall 2016 - MIIS, MIIS Workshop, Spring 2017 - MIIS, Fall 2017 - MIIS, Spring 2018 - MIIS
This course connects business management directly to global issues. It intends to demonstrate the
importance of applying business competencies in dealing with global problems that affect the long-term viability of business, as well as to highlight the knowledge and skills gap between knowing the business fundamentals and solving complex management and societal problems simultaneously. With these intentions, this course serves as an initiation course for all new students of the Fisher MBA Global Impact Management Program. The course uses the raw-case method of learning that frontloads students with complex decision problems linked to one or more global issues, in order to encourage adaptive learning and capacity building required for analyzing and solving true-world business problems. Adaptive learning also means incorporating cross-disciplinary perspectives, frameworks, and techniques often in compressed time frames. Students should expect similar complexity, ambiguity, uncertainty, and volatility throughout the raw-case study as dealing with a tough business problem in real life.
Fall 2016 - MIIS, MIIS Workshop, Fall 2017 - MIIS, MIIS Workshop
Every manager needs to understand how markets function. This course applies economic principles to the types of decisions that managers will encounter. That may include understanding how markets function, using different techniques to make optimal pricing decisions, and exploring what shapes supply and demand under different conditions. We will also look at other traditional micro-economic concepts such as price elasticity of demand and income elasticity of demand, production and cost functions and profit maximization.
Fall 2016 - MIIS, MIIS Second Half of Term, Fall 2017 - MIIS, MIIS Workshop
This course focuses on key challenges and methods in scaling a social enterprise from seed-stage to growth. We will highlight the differences in scalable business models, and discuss the operational stages and capital needs of growing businesses. In addition, we will evaluate unit economics and the unique challenges of scaling. Finally, we will discuss the importance of scaling sectors along with firms. Through case studies and in-class group activities the class will explore the process of scaling start-ups.
Spring 2017 - MIIS, MIIS Winter/J Term only
This workshop is designed to provide the essential skills for designing low-resolution business models that adhere to the basic tenets of strategic management while taking an elaborate stakeholder approach. The learning in this workshop is predominantly immersive, which allows participants to gain first-hand experience in developing deep understandings of the difficult challenges that a social enterprise is faced with, brainstorming solution ideas, generating innovative business models from scratch, and obtaining direct feedback from the entrepreneurial team.
The workshop is part of the Frontier Market Scouts training program developed for preparing the scouts for their internship and career in impact investing and social venture management. For more information about the program, please visit www.fmscouts.org.
Summer 2016 - MIIS, Spring 2017 - MIIS, MIIS Winter/J Term only
Pre-req: completion of FMS training program, and acquisition of FMS Fellowship placement. To sign up for MBAG 8650, contact Professor Yuwei Shi.
DPP students interested in using the FMS experience to meet DPP Practicum requirements should register via the DPPG 8615 Practicum Project (4 credits) OR DPPG 8616 Independent Practicum (4 or 6 credits). Please contact your academic advisor for instructions.
Summer 2016 - MIIS
Areas of Interest
Social venture management, impact investing, and corporate social innovation
- PhD in Organization, Strategy and International Management, University of Texas at Dallas Jindal School of Management
Professor Shi has been teaching at the Institute since 1999.