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Overseas Consulting Projects Announced for GMBA Class of 2013

Global MBA students in the Class of 2013 will choose from six destinations, including Rwanda and Sweden, for their required foreign consultancy projects — the main foreign study component of the degree program.

“We’re continuing the tradition of preparing our students for an international workplace,” said Bryan Andriano, GWSB’s director of international education and programs.

“From clean-tech in Sweden to sustainable development in the Amazon basin, we’re also ensuring that our students have hands-on experience with cutting-edge fields in business,” he said.

The six Consulting Abroad Programs for 2012 and the GWSB faculty who will be leading them are:

  • Santarem, Brazil:  Fernando Robles, professor of International Business and International Affairs.  Students will explore how business models and practice can contribute to improving the standard of living of subsistence communities through solutions that conserve the fragile Amazon rainforest.
  • Mumbai, India:  Anupama Phene, associate professor of International Business and Phillip Grub professorial fellow.  Students will evaluate the potential for expanding the Global Research and Analytics (GRA) business of an Indian rating agency in the U.S. market. This will help students understand how managers from emerging markets can create strategies to be competitive overseas.
  • Lima, Peru:  Rafel Lucea, assistant professor of International Business and International Affairs.  Students will focus on how businesses interact with governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), communities and the media.  The project will sample a variety of industries, including agricultural and financial, and involve students in developing political, government, public-relations and other strategies.
  • Kigali, Rwanda:  Reid Click, associate professor of International Business and International Affairs.  Students will use skills in finance, economics, accounting, and strategy to assist clients in developing new products or operating approaches suitable for Rwanda’s rapidly growing economy.  As a result of serious efforts to improve domestic governance and the operating environment for business, the country is fertile territory for examining the nexus of business, institutions and development.
  • Stockholm and Västerås, Sweden:  Anna Helm, assistant professor of International Business.  Students will focus on the clean technology sector, with consulting projects revolving around tasks such as market analysis in preparation for entering the U.S. market.
  • Istanbul, Turkey:  Abdullah Akyüz, adjunct faculty and president of TUSIAD-US (Turkish Industry and Business Association’s U.S. office).  Students will work on projects involving challenges to businesses in manufacturing and service sectors, including automotive, consumer durables, machinery, health, construction and tourism.

The projects were chosen based on faculty expertise, diversity of topic and location, quality and educational value.  Students rank the projects in order of preference and are placed in the fall. The nine-week projects are done in the spring, and include two weeks in-country.

Posted by gwsb on November 8, 2011 | Filed under: GWSB News.


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