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Global Business Forum (IBUS 579)

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 an IBUS 579 in the time schedule) is offered every quarter with a different theme, and is a 2-credit class. Students may apply a maximum of 6 Global Business Forum credits towards their MBA degree elective requirements.



Autumn 2020: Geopolitical Forces in Business

This quarter will explore how global organizations anticipate, respond to, and shape political events.  We seek to invite leaders who sit between the public and private sectors to untangle the complex relationships between business and politics. For instance, we hope to discuss questions such as: How do US companies lobby for political change in foreign governments? How do companies leverage governmental liaisons to succeed and scale in foreign governments? How do foreign entities anticipate how US political events (such as the November presidential election) will impact global business?

Winter 2021: Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan

In the late 20th century, these four economies were dubbed “The Asian Miracle” or “The Four Asian Tigers”  because of their rapid economic development and growth.  More than 50 years later, we will revisit these regions to examine their effect on global business.  We’ll ask business leaders who have worked, lived and/or depended on these economies to answer questions such as:  How have their rapid growth and ‘democratization’ impacted how companies in these regions operate now? Does the title of ‘miracle’ still hold up after challenges such as the 2008 financial crisis, the COVID19 outbreak, and political challenges?  What is next for organizations and businesses in these four former tigers?

Spring 2021: COVID-Global Health Crisis One Year Later

We are in the midst of a global public health crisis now, and multinational companies are scrambling to adjust to new obstacles, challenges, concerns and even opportunities. Approximately one year after the initial shelter-in-place orders within the US, we will invite leaders to describe how their companies have changed since Spring 2020.  Will the global travel industry have recovered? What new technologies/companies have arisen to address the challenges presented by the crisis? Which global economies rebounded the most quickly and why?