Are you interested in learning how to prepare for the emerging opportunities and challenges that China’s economic development and Asia’s growing presence continue to create? Are you interested in visiting companies competing in this dynamic market, meeting governmental officials to hear about policies and implications, and developing a global network of knowledge with local MBA students and BU alumni in the region?
Not running in Spring/Summer 2017
IM851 Europe Field Seminar
This international study program will include visits to businesses and government organizations and lectures from European specialists. The seminar will cover a broad range of topics, including macro economic policy, European integration, finance, marketing and communication, international trade, and business culture. The European Field Seminar will introduce students to current issues firms face in the European environment. Introduction of a single European currency, increased emphasis on privatization of traditionally state-owned corporations and a growing influence of the European Union institutions are examples that are changing the European competitive landscape.
IM852 Latin America Field Seminar
This program is designed for MBA students who seek to understand the changing role of business in society, specifically as it pertains to environmental sustainability, corporate social responsibility and the triple bottom line. Participants compare and contrast the environmental sustainability efforts of mature industries in Chile and Argentina with an emphasis on agriculture (forestry and wine), aquaculture (salmon), food processing, mining and cattle. We will explore the potential for business to address sustainability challenges through technical innovations, business practices, entrepreneurial initiatives and new business models designed to alleviate social or environmental conditions, make more efficient use of energy and natural resources, provide adequate health and education services, lower risk, create value and cause less harm to society in both urban and rural settings.
IM853 India Field Seminar
This program explores the rapidly changing global forces of the health sector as they intersect with the dynamics of an emerging country. This field study program will include visits to government agencies, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, health sector start-up companies, health centers, research laboratories, and academic research settings. Following a series of meetings in Boston, students will travel through India and get a hands-on learning experience. In addition, students are given ample time in the evening and on weekends to explore the culture of the destination countries.
IS855 Digital Transformation: Immersive Interactions and Insights at Silicon Valley
This course will be a one week intensive held in January in Silicon Valley before the start of the spring term. The course is designed to achieve two objectives. First, to develop an appreciation for the role of Silicon Valley in Digital Innovation and, secondly, to examine how digital innovations are impacting key shifts in specific sectors. This year, the course will focus on three sectors; Healthcare, Energy and Digital Content/education/media. Students will be placed into teams and be expected to develop specific insights as the basis to engage in interactions with corporate executives, alumni and follow classmates. Teams will also visit leading companies involved in each sector and develop and present their team’s perspective on key digital trends and leadership challenges for their sector.
SI858 Innovation Ecosystems
Israel will be the 2017 destination for this Spring Break seminar that explores the role and impact of innovation ecosystems in transforming a country’s or region’s economy. Intended to provide students with a broad first-hand understanding of the forces that lead to the successful founding and rapid growth of multiple successful tech start-ups, this seminar, students will develop a framework for identifying innovation ecosystems and comparing different ecosystems to one another. In particular, participants will examine how Israel (AKA “Start-Up Nation”) has rapidly become a global powerhouse in innovation and entrepreneurship. The seminar will include company visits in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, and cultural visits to Masada and the Dead Sea.
SI868 International Consulting Project
Have you ever dreamed of climbing the Great Wall of China? How about consulting to a Chinese firm in Beijing? The International Consulting Project is an MBA course that involves consulting work during the fall semester on campus, with a trip to Asia in to deliver the team’s recommendation personally to the client at their offices. Examples of past projects and more background can be found on this link: http://www.bclob.com/icp-home/ Much of the past students’ work over the years has both been implemented and widely published in the Chinese business press.
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