An exciting part of the EMBA-Global Americas & Europe is the opportunity to broaden your global perspective by working within organisations and meeting senior industry leaders in a choice of international locations. Whether you choose a London Business School Global Business Assignment (GBA) or a Columbia Business School International Seminar you will gain new insights, networks and friendships across the Executive MBA cohorts.
A typical week will consist of faculty briefings, guest speakers and company visits that highlight the theme and allow students to engage with leading thinkers and practitioners in the field. Whether you choose a London Business School Global Business Assignment (GBA) or a Columbia Business School International Seminar, you will gain new insights and opportunities to apply and integrate your learning as you tackle pressing business issues or organisational challenges.
As well as developing your global perspective in a key international business location, Global Business Assignments and seminars also give you the opportunity to broaden your network. You will travel and work alongside students from other executive MBA programmes at London and Columbia Business Schools' and connect with members of the alumni networks in these cities.
One Global Business Assignments or seminar is required. You may choose an additional one, dependent upon seat availability in the course. Please note that if you choose to take a second Global Business Assignment or International Seminar as an elective option, there will be a fee of US$4,000.
Destinations and themes may be changed or updated at any time without prior notice.
Global Business Assignments
The rapid growth of the Chinese economy is a remarkable economic story of the past three decades. This GBA will explore the dynamism of the Chinese economy and the opportunities and challenges unique to China, including major macroeconomic issues such as monetary policy and growth strategy, and microeconomic issues such as foreign trade and innovation and entrepreneurship. The Chinese political context, too, is highly relevant and very complex, and the GBA will study how the system influences the business environment.
San Francisco/Silicon Valley
In recent years, digital integration into organisational processes has evolved from a set of tactical actions into a key component of strategic decision-making. This GBA aims to generate insight and to develop an in-depth understanding of how organisations can adopt and/or integrate big data and related capabilities into their strategy and innovative business models. San Francisco and Silicon Valley, as the world’s foremost entrepreneurial hotbeds in the digital space, constitute the ideal location for this endeavour.
Mexico City GBA
Once a highly protectionist country, Mexico underwent a transformation from the early 1980s under the de Madrid government and its successors, applying neo-liberal policies and embracing global trade. Now business leaders worldwide face the challenge of reverse globalisation, with the rise of protectionism and nationalist populism, with Mexican business leaders among the most exposed to this change. This GBA will seek to understand how Mexican business, political and social leaders are seeking to address this challenge.
Strategic resilience is becoming an important capability for businesses. Greece offers a stimulating environment to understand how it is possible for businesses to thrive when the conditions that surround them are exceptionally challenging. This GBA will enable students to examine resilience at many levels and areas of society, government and business. Particular focus will be placed on examining firms that have excelled despite local conditions as well as Athens’ burgeoning start-up ecosystem, which has become one of Europe’s most active.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
After a long period of relative stability and growth, driven by technology change, deregulation and globalisation, developed economies now face a possibly extended period of volatility. Once one of the richest countries in the world (in terms of GDP per capita), Argentina has experienced decades of crisis and volatility on economic, social and political dimensions. This GBA aims to understand how the leaders of Argentine businesses and other institutions contend with highly uncertain environments, and to consider what our own organisations might learn from this.
With economic geography shifting, Dubai finds itself literally at the centre of the world economy. In both Dubai and Abu Dhabi, this global transition has coincided with extraordinary rates of development that have fundamentally transformed these two emirates. The manifold vision statements and strategic initiatives issued by Dubai and Abu Dhabi for the year 2030 demonstrate their drive toward innovation and ambitions to become cities of the future. This GBA will highlight, explore and examine some of the ideas, initiatives and actors shaping the future development of these two emirates and gauge their relevance for other cities and nations.