Insight Interview with Prof. Marshall Langer

Marshall Langer is a graduate of Boston University and Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He entered academia after a 12 year career working for multinationals in the USA and Europe, principally in investment banking (Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette) and investment arbitrage (BNP Paribas).

Here is a short interview with Marshall who teaches a range of business courses at the Rome Business School:

1. Was education important in your family growing up? 

Yes, very.  My grandfather hadn’t completed 8th grade but insisted that his children and grandchildren attend college.

2. Can you say something about your experiences in europe?

I like the way people interact socially, especially in Italy.  The great diversity makes living here interesting.

3. How do you motivate yourself to deal with challenging tasks?

Just try.  Think about the worst case outcome and realize that it isn’t that bad.

4. What inspires you about teaching?

Actually seeing people enjoy it. To know that time was well spent and that I influenced it.

5. What are your top expectations from students?

That they ask very good questions, challenge the instructor and do excellent work.

6. What tips can you give to students regarding personal development?

When given a choice, choose the more difficult task.  Be as generous as possible. Admit when someone is more capable than yourself and try to learn to improve.