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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 from 5:00-5:50pm. Each quarter offers diverse discussions under a uniting global business theme. Christina Fong is the lead faculty for the Forum.

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?

MBAs, graduate students from other UW departments, faculty, and staff are welcome to participate. Enrollment for credit in IBUS 579: Global Business Forum during three academic quarters for FT MBAs, and two academic quarters for Evening MBAs, 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!