Interpersonal Dynamics is a demanding course in terms of both time and emotional energy, and is different (both in content and in the learning process) from others at the GSB. While most students find the rewards outweigh the demands, this is not true for everyone. Although student mythology suggests the course is a "must have" part of the GSB experience, the OB374 faculty believe it is not for everyone. Every year there are some students who take the course and probably shouldn't have done so. As a result they get very little out of the experience and their non-involvement (or unproductive involvement) detracts from the learning of others. 

Because of this, we have set up a prequalification process to help you understand the course well enough to make an informed choice about whether this course is right for you at this time in your life.

We read your prequalification assignments with the following dimensions in mind:

  • Do you understand the goals and expectations of the course?

  • Are your goals realistic in terms of what the course can provide?

We also assess whether you have given real thought to answering the questions and haven’t just given generic responses.

While few students are turned down in the prequalification process, this process does increase the chance that you know what the course is about and that it is right for you. Informed self-selection is our goal. Students who are turned down are given feedback as to why, and are usually given the opportunity to resubmit the assignment. Sometimes students are asked to meet with the course instructor as part of the prequalification process. In rare instances the course instructor, after meeting with a student, may decide that taking the course is not appropriate for the student at this time.

Reasons for being turned down:

  • Inadequate submission, even after being given feedback and an opportunity to resubmit.

  • Refused to meet with the instructor if requested.

  • Goals that are not consistent with the goals of the course or in opposition to the goals of the course.

  • Instructor concludes that the student is not capable of benefitting from the course and/or might significantly disrupt the learning of fellow students . (For example, the student demonstrates that they are not open to feedback or do not appear to have the psychological resilience to persist in the face of disconfirming feedback.)

Prequalification Deadlines

In order to take OB374, you must submit a prequalification paper through Qualtrics by the date listed below. We strongly encourage you to submit early.

Consequences for Failure to Submit a Prequalification Paper:

  • If you are enrolled or waitlisted and fail to submit a prequalification paper by the due date listed below, you will be dropped.

  • You can still submit a paper after the deadline to be added to the end of the waitlist, however, we cannot promise that the reader and/or faculty will be able to review your submission before classes start. If the review cannot be completed prior to the first class, you will be dropped from the course.  

Process Notes:
  • At the conclusion of Super Round, and the close of each round of registration, anyone who is enrolled or waitlisted in a section of OB374 will receive an email notification that they are required to submit a prequalification paper by the deadline or suffer the above listed consequences. 
  • If your prequalification paper is not approved, you may be given feedback from our reader and the opportunity to revise and resubmit. You may also be asked to meet with a course instructor as part of prequalification.

You may submit your prequalification assignment at any time before the deadline, regardless of which quarter you wish to take the course.

  • Once you are qualified, it applies to any section and any quarter in the future.  You do not have to re-qualify.

  • You are strongly encouraged to start your prequalification process by submitting your paper over the summer, regardless of the quarter in which you hope to enroll in OB374. This will allow you ample time in case a revision or in person meeting is necessary.

Submission Deadlines for 2017-18 Academic Year:

To be eligible to register for Autumn quarter 2018the due date is: Friday, August 31, 2018 at 9:00 p.m.

To be eligible to register for Winter quarter 2019the due date is: Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 9:00 p.m.

To be eligible to register for Spring quarter 2019, the due date is: Monday March 11, 2019 at 9:00 p.m

Course Attendance Requirements

Attendance requirements for OB374 are strict and failure to adhere to these requirements can have significant grade implications. Attendance at every class session; class T-group, evening T-group, and all sessions of the weekend retreat are required.  No exceptions will be made for recruiting trips.  Evening group meeting times are not to be rescheduled.  If you don't think you can attend all of the classes and evening T-groups, this is not the time for you to enroll in this course. (Note that some sections meet twice a week and some meet once a week. In sections that meet twice a week, some faculty permit an absence from a single Thursday or Friday class session, with certain specific dates excluded. See section Syllabus for details.)

Attendance at First Class of the Quarter is Required
Attendance to the first class is required for enrolled and waitlisted students. Failure to attend will result in an automatic drop. Attendance requirements for students waitlisted in multiple sections vary by section - check Syllabus for each section. It is the student's responsibility to fulfill waitlist requirements, including communication with faculty regarding fulfillment.

First Class Meetings for the 2018-19 Academic Year.

The first class meetings for Autumn 2018 quarter are:
Section 1 - Richard Francisco - Monday September 24 at 10:00 a.m.
Section 2 - Yifat Sharabi-Levine - Tuesday September 25 at 3:00 p.m. 
Section 3 - Gary Dexter - Thursday September 27 at 3:00 p.m.
Section 4 - Leslie Chin - Tuesday September 25 at 4:30 p.m.

The first class meetings for Winter 2019 quarter are:
Section 1 - Richard Francisco - Monday, January 7, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.
Section 2 - Andrea Corney - Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
Section 3 - Leslie Chin - Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 4:30 p.m.
Section 4 - Collins Dobbs - Thursday, January 10 at 3:00 p.m.

The first class meetings for Spring 2019 quarter are:
Section 1 - Richard Francisco
 - Monday, April 8 at 3:00 p.m. 
Section 2 - Gary Dexter - Tuesday, April 9 at 3:00 p.m.
Section 3 - Andrea Corney - Tuesday, April 9 at 4:30 p.m.
Section 4 Collins Dobbs - Thursday, April 4 at 3:00 p.m.

Weekend Retreat Dates for the 2018-19 Academic Year.
Attendance at Weekend Retreat is Required
There is a weekend requirement for all sections, so be sure to check prior to registering that you do not have a conflict.
    • Autumn 2017
      • Section 1 - Francisco - November 30 - December 2, 2018
      • Section 2 - Sharabi-LevineDexter - November 9-11, 2018
      • Section 3 - Dexter - November 9-11, 2018
      • Section 4 Chin - November 30 - December 2, 2018
    • Winter 2018
      • Section 1 - Francisco  - March 8-10, 2019
      • Section 2 - Corney - March 1-3, 2019
      • Section 3 - Chin - March 1-3, 2019
      • Section 4 - Dobbs - March 8-10, 2019
    • Spring 2018
      • Section 1 - Francisco - May 31 - June 2, 2019
      • Section 2 - Dexter Corney - May 31 - June 2, 2019
      • Section 3 - Corney  - May 31 - June 2, 2019
      • Section 4 - Dobbs - May 17-19, 2019

As part of the Prequalification Assignment, you will be asked to acknowledge the following statement:

I understand and accept the attendance requirements of this course, including the expectation that I attend all weekly T-group sessions and the weekend retreat (and arrive on time). I do not have any scheduling conflicts with any of the class sessions, and do not anticipate any absences or tardiness unless a family emergency or something of similar urgency arises. For less urgent commitments that arise (e.g., job interviews), I will be sure to schedule around OB374 sessions. I understanding that missing a class or T-group session will lower my grade by one level for each instance (e.g., P to LP) and that showing up late for the weekend retreat can lower my grade by two levels. I understand that missing the first class will automatically drop me from the course.

Waitlisted Students

If the section of OB374 you are waitlisted for has a time/course conflict with a course in which you are enrolled, you must submit a drop-if-enroll request to ensure that you are not skipped by the waitlist processor.

Instructions on how to submit a drop-if-enroll via Axess are available at: https://mygsb.stanford.edu/facstaff/academics/second-year-course-planning-registration/how-submit-drop-if-enroll-request-axess