Global Business Forum

The Global Business Forum (GBF) is an engaging MBA class and discussion forum where professionals from around the world share their insights into the complexities of doing business globally – differences encountered, obstacles overcome, advantages discovered, and solutions developed.

The GBF is intentionally designed to connect students directly with global business leaders. Students are offered opportunities to lead Q&A discussions, summarize presentations for speaker follow-up, and engage in 1:1 meaningful conversations with speakers.

The Global Business Forum takes place Mondays, 12:30-1:20pm for daytime MBAs and 5:00-5:50pm for Eve MBAs. Each quarter offers diverse discussions under a uniting global business theme. Christina Fong is the lead faculty for the Forum.

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.

MBAs, graduate students from other UW departments, faculty, and staff are welcome to participate. Enrollment for credit in the Global Business Forum (BA 545, Global Business Issues) during three academic quarters is a requirement for the Global Business Program certificate.

For more information on registration and earning credit for the GBF, check out the course page!