Sheena Iyengar courses teaching at Columbia University.

Cookie-cutter approaches to learning no longer work.

What I want to impart to my students is an ability to think bigger – and glean insights that an algorithm cannot.


Courses at Columbia Business School


Think Bigger

What is a big idea? Is it a physical invention, like the printing press? Is it a way of doing things, like democracy or capitalism? What is the next big idea that will change a billion lives?

This course wrestles with these questions and more, ultimately arriving at the conclusion that, in order to think big, one has to think bigger.



Leadership and Organizational Change

Today’s leaders have to operate in an increasingly complex and uncertain world. Successful leadership requires three things: a clear vision, the ability to inspire others, and the skills to execute your action plan.

By introducing students to a framework for understanding themselves, their organizations, and the performance of people and groups within them, this course helps them develop the skills and knowledge necessary to become more effective leaders.




"I really enjoyed Professor Iyengar’s class Think Bigger, where she challenged everyone to identify a big problem to solve. The class provided exposure to different ideation tools and access to industry thought leaders."

-Heather Li,
Former Student in "Think Bigger" course


“Professor Iyengar is a magnificent teacher and mentor – an expert in her field who promotes and nurtures creative thinking and perspective taking. Her interdisciplinary approach and interests open new spaces for ideas and ways of investigating issues that matter today. It was during my time studying and researching with Professor Iyengar that I truly found my identity and confidence as an academic, as well as developed my research interests. I will carry Professor Iyengar’s influence with me every step of my career.”

-James Quay,
Former Student and Research Assistant


Honors and Awards


EMBA Commitment to Teaching Excellence Award, Columbia Business School
April 2013

World’s Best B-School Professors, Poets & Quants
October 2012

Dean’s Award for Outstanding Core Teaching, Columbia Business School
September 2012

Innovation in the Curriculum Teaching Award (Group Award), Columbia Business School
Fall 2005