Learning to Fail

The American Business School Paris

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Learning to Fail

  • Host University

    The American Business School Paris

  • Location

    Paris, France

  • Area of Study

    Business, Business Administration, Business Management

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    MGMT110 - Introduction to Management

    Hours & Credits

  • US Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview


    “Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm”, Winston Churchill.

    Most people spend their lives afraid of failing. Yet, many of the world’s most successful people failed numerous times on their paths toward success. There is an emerging trend in business today to talk openly about failure and how to learn from it. However, there are immense cultural barriers that prevent people from benefitting from the failures they experience. In this class, students will experiment with failure and will learn how to challenge their cultural assumptions to open their minds and develop their skills as innovators and entrepreneurs.

    This course challenges students to go on a personal journey of discovery and to examine how to learn from failure, in a positive way. Students will examine different cultures to see how failure is addressedin society and in business, and will analyze business cases where failure was the outcome.

    Upon completion of this course students should be able to:

    -Have an open mind about the experience and benefits of failure
    -Work on changes to their personal reactions to failure
    -Understand different cultural barriers that affect reactions to failure
    -Analyze strategies of failed companies to identify key learnings
    -Develop skills as innovators and entrepreneurs