Global Business Forum (BA 545)

The MBA Global Business Forum is a themed speaker-series course designed to look at current trends in global business and hold discussions regarding international issues facing companies. Leaders from international businesses and other organizations, as well as faculty members from various departments and specializations are invited to share their perspectives with seminar participants.

GBF for Credit

The Global Business Forum (listed as BA 545 in the time schedule) is offered every quarter with a different theme, and is a 1 credit class. Students may apply a maximum of three Global Business Forum credits towards their MBA degree elective requirements.

Enroll in BA 545 for 2016-2017

Email mbaregis@uw.edu to request a space beginning on the following dates:

  • For Autumn 2016 – Monday, May 23, 2016 @ 8:00 am
  • For Winter 2017 – Monday, November 14, 2016 @ 8:00 am
  • For Spring 2017 – Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 8:00 am

Be sure to indicate your preferred section – Mondays at 12:30-1:20 pm or 5:00-5:50 pm.

2016-2017 GLOBAL BUSINESS FORUM THEMES

Autumn 2016: Global Perspectives on Health Care

This quarter will investigate the fast changing and growing sector of health care.  We’ll ask health care executives to answer questions such as: How can business help to address pressing global health issues? How do governmental oversight and infrastructure differences across borders affect an organization’s ability to provide quality health care? How do countries and cultures differ in their approach to defining, conceptualizing, and delivering health care?

Winter 2017: Corporate Social Responsibility in Multinational Companies

In the winter, we will invite executives across a wide range of industries and sectors to a participate in an in-depth discussion of social responsibility in global organizations. We hope to learn how global companies develop and maintain a commitment to corporate social responsibility. We’ll ask how CSR activities are impacted by cross cultural differences, and explore whether globalization triggers a sense of social responsibility or vice versa. We’ll look for differences in CSR approaches between the developed and developing countries, and ask speakers to share their successes and failures in implementing social good through their businesses.

Spring 2017: Doing Business in Africa

The GBF will host executives who have worked in Africa or have built and maintained significant relationships with companies in Africa to share their insights about the modern African economy.  Executives will be asked to compare and contrast their experiences in Africa with business experiences in the US and other countries, to discuss and identify opportunities in Africa, as well as the possible pitfalls of doing work in Africa.