Whether instructors are interested in experimenting with literature-based learning in one course module or an entire curriculum, Sandra Sucher’s Teaching the Moral Leader is a practical guide, available through the Harvard Library and where books are sold.
Researchers demonstrated that reading fiction plays a role in enhancing readers' social cognition by activating the default network, known to support capacity to simulate hypothetical scenes, spaces and mental states.
Sandra Sucher, MBA Class of 1966 Professor of Management Practice, teaches “The Moral Leader” at Harvard Business School with a literature-based approach. The MBA elective, introduced by Professor Emeritus Robert Coles in the 1980s, has since been taught by a number of HBS faculty. Each course meeting is dedicated to a work of fiction, biography, autobiography, or history, and the structured discussion forces students to describe and analyze the characters’ decision in context before passing judgment. “Students are brought much closer to life as it is really lived than they are in traditional lectures or case discussions." Read more about Learning through literature: ‘Closer to life as it is really lived’