Module 6: Africa/Middle East - Johannesburg, South Africa and Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Business and thought leadership, applied learning
In what context do managers make major decisions? Students examine what influences aggregate economic activity in modern open economies. Using a simple model of the macro-economy in both large and small countries, students analyze important issues such as free trade, monetary policy, fiscal policy, and inflation.
Doing business in emerging economies involves challenges and risks. Drawing on corporate site visits and theories of political economy and risk management, students learn how to assess, measure, and mitigate these risks, applying various techniques to common scenarios.
How do you organize and motivate your human capital, manage social networks and alliances, and execute strategic change? Students explore some of the theories, skills, and tools needed to solve organizational problems, influence the actions of individuals and groups, and build a high-performing global organization.
In the Middle East, you’ll gain access to business and thought leaders, while tying together all of the knowledge and experiences you’ve gained in the program.
In this course you will extend the analysis of business-level strategy to the corporate or multi-business level. You’ll address decision criteria for guiding diversification strategies, strategic factors influencing the optimal size of a firm, and extreme competition and its implications for corporate strategy. You will also learn how multi-business-unit firms exploit network effects, and discuss the extent to which corporate strategies are congruent with the overall welfare of humankind. Topics will be explored through the lens of economic theory.
Doing Business in the Middle East
Among the most significant emerging markets, the Middle East is an epicentre of business opportunity. This course will explore the business cultures of the UAE and Turkey including growing industries, political
concerns, and special considerations that can derail business opportunities. Learning will be put into practice in case study work, on site visits, networking events and in opportunities to meet corporate and government leaders.
Capstone Project Wrap-Up
Final coursework and project presentations.
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