Gain the Knowledge You Need to Thrive in Today's Interconnected, Global Economy

Global Business will help you assess opportunities, manage risk, and create and capture value for your organization. Explore the economic, political, and social factors driving change, and learn how decisions affect global markets-and your business.

Global Business

Global Business

Gain the Knowledge You Need to Thrive in Today's Interconnected, Global Economy

Global Business will help you assess opportunities, manage risk, and create and capture value for your organization. Explore the economic, political, and social factors driving change, and learn how decisions affect global markets-and your business.

What You'll Learn

  • Build a foundation in macroeconomics to make more informed business decisions
  • Identify the challenges and opportunities that government and politics can create for you and your business from a strategic standpoint
  • Assess the impact of macroeconomic, political, and social indicators on business decisions
  • Discover the short- and long-term impact of interest rates, inflation, trade, and investment
  • Learn distinctive approaches and frameworks that help you think about the world and organize information

About the Professors

Forest Reinhardt is the John D. Black Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. He is the head of the Business, Government, and the International Economy Unit, and serves as faculty chair of the School's Asia-Pacific Research Center and chair of HBS Executive Education in the Asia-Pacific Region. Reinhardt is the author of Down to Earth: Applying Business Principles to Environmental Management, which analyzes problems of environmental and natural resource management.

Who Will Benefit

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College Students andForward-Thinking Strategists

Learn more about the broader macroeconomic and political landscape your organization operates in, so that you can develop business strategies that create and capture value.

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Entrepreneurs

Gain the skills and knowledge needed to grow your business internationally and more effectively manage global teams.

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Professionals in Heavily Regulated Industries

Develop distinctive approaches and frameworks that help you navigate complex industries, such as oil and gas, power, pharmaceuticals, and financial services.

Program Structure

Global Business consists of approximately 24-32 hours of material delivered over a four-week period. You can complete the coursework on your own time while meeting regular deadlines.

September 2020

Course Start Date: 09th September

Length: 4 Weeks

Regular Price $1,600

Enrolment process needs to be completed 2 weeks prior of the program Start Date

November 2020

Course Start Date: 18th November

Length: 4 Weeks

Regular Price $1,600

Enrolment process needs to be completed 2 weeks prior of the program Start Date

February 2021

Course Start Date: 10th February

Length: 4 Weeks

Regular Price $1,600

Enrolment process needs to be completed 2 weeks prior of the program Start Date

Syllabus

Global Business will help participants assess opportunities, mitigate risk, and create and capture value for their organization. The course explores the economic, political, and social factors driving change, and participants will learn how decisions affect global markets and their business. 

Learning requirements: In order to earn a Certificate of Completion, participants must thoughtfully complete all 4 modules, including satisfactory completion of associated quizzes, by stated deadlines.

Syllabus

Global Business will help participants assess opportunities, mitigate risk, and create and capture value for their organization. The course explores the economic, political, and social factors driving change, and participants will learn how decisions affect global markets and their business. 

Learning requirements: In order to earn a Certificate of Completion, participants must thoughtfully complete all 4 modules, including satisfactory completion of associated quizzes, by stated deadlines.

Modules Leaders Interviewed Takeaways Key Exercises
Module 1: Macroeconomic and Political Analysis
  • Bryant Ambelang, NatureSweet
  • Craig Boyan, H-E-B
  • Cynthia Carroll, formerly of Anglo American
  • Interpret data on countries' macroeconomic and political performance
  • Unidentified Countries Exercise (Measuring and Interpreting Economic Indicators)
  • Quiz #1
Module 2: Economic Conditions and Your Business
  • Christopher Finn, The Carlyle Group
  • Andrew Gilchrist, formerly of Egon Zehnder and Financial Times
  • Understand effects of taxation, government spending, and monetary policy on the business environment
  • Current Accounts, Financial Accounts, and a Country's Strategy
  • Hedging Exchange Rates
  • Quiz #2
Module 3: Political Order and Disorder
  • Ellen Guidera, Portillo Ski Resort and Tierra Hotels
  • Ray Mabus, former US Secretary of the Navy
  • Understand the role of government in the modern economy
  • Analyze political risks to business strategy
  • The Median Voter Theorem
  • Sources of Long-Term Growth
  • Quiz #3
Module 4: Business and the Interconnected World
  • Anand Mahindra, Mahindra Group
  • George Yong-Boon Yeo, Kerry Logistics Network
  • Understand how cross-border flows of goods and capital affect firms' and nations' competitive positions
  • Analyze effects of environmental change on the competitive landscape
  • Absolute vs. Comparative Advantage, the Production Possibilities Frontier, and Trade
  • Quiz #4

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