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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.

2019-2020 GLOBAL BUSINESS FORUM THEMES

 

Autumn 2019: Global Business in Emerging Markets

The GBF will host executives who have worked in emerging markets to share their insights about how business changes (or stays the same) in economies with nascent infrastructure. Executives will be asked to discuss the challenges and opportunities associated with building and sustaining organizations in these environments of high risk and volatility, and to share the strategies that they use to mitigate risk and leverage emerging markets.

Winter 2020: Global Entrepreneurship

This quarter will explore the question, what does it mean to be a global entrepreneur? We’ll take many perspectives to answer this question, from examining how entrepreneurs assess global markets to the challenges and opportunities of growing a local start up to global markets, to investigating the characteristics that make certain geographic areas more likely to foster entrepreneurship.  Our speaker series will invite entrepreneurs, investors, and other stakeholders in the entrepreneurial process to reflect on what  “global entrepreneurship” means in theory and practice.

Spring 2020: Global High Tech

This quarter will investigate technology sectors across the world. We’ll examine the challenges and opportunities that global companies face when they are exploring, developing, and deploying new technologies. We will ask executives to share their thinking about how their thinking about data, security, and e-commerce across borders has changed, and to share how technology has accelerated (or changed) how companies work and grow internationally. We also hope to hear our speaker’s predictions on how global technology will change in the future—are there big game changers just around the corner?