Business in China

Shanghai & Beijing
May 4-11, 2014
Professor Ken Hung

The population of China is an impressive 1.34 billion and growing. There are more than 1.1 million millionaires in China, ranked third in the world. The Chinese market is booming, but firms need to face and adapt to the cultural, economic, and political realities in China. How do we understand these markets?

What to Expect

  • Interact with executives during site visits to major corporations.
  • Understand the economic and business environment in China, including historical, cultural, political, and social influences on business practices
  • Examine the unique legal and ethics practices in the Chinese business environment
  • Study the challenges and issues of business in China.
  • Identify the innovation and adaptation of foreign companies in China
  • Visit historical sites, including the Great Wall of China

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Innovation in India

New Delhi, Agra & Jaipur
Spring Break 2014
Professor Sushil Bhatia

In 2010, the Indian prime minister declared 2010-2020 the “decade of innovation.” The world economic forum ranked India 35th out of 134 countries in their innovation capacity index. The goal is to create an innovative India by the end of this decade.

Major companies, such as Pfizer, Coca-Cola, Motorola, P&G, and Microsoft, are doing business in India. It's a trillion-dollar economy, second only to China.

What to Expect

  • Visit leading companies and industries and examine India's role in the global economy
  • Explore ideas about global innovation
  • Learn how to conduct business in India
  • Examine the dynamic state of the economy; the impact of global treaties and alliances; and the competitive strategies, logistics, and value chain management surrounding globalization.
  • Assess the current political, cultural, and commercial relationships between India and the United States.
  • Look at the economic, sociological, and legal issues that have contributed to the rise of India as a major player in the new global economy.
  • Learn about outsourcing, offshoring, and IP development
  • Visit historical sites like the Taj Mahal

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Entrepreneurship in Israel

Tel Aviv & Jerusalem
Spring Break 2014
Professor David Hartstein

Israel is a global leader, uniquely positioned at the crossroads of the European and Asian Markets. It has the second-largest number of startup companies in the world and the largest number of NASDAQ-listed companies outside of North America.

What to Expect

  • Meet with influential business leaders
  • Learn about the internationalization of consumer product markets
  • Identify opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurial activities across consumer markets
  • Visit large multinational businesses and startups Learn about Israel’s economy and common organizational forms
  • Discover Israel’s best business practices
  • Explore how the supply chain is integrated vertically and horizontally
  • Discover how American consumer products rely on technological expertise and innovation from abroad
  • Float in the Dead Sea, visit Nazareth and Masada, and explore Jerusalem

Tentative Business Visits

  • Neto Group
  • Rafael
  • Tnuva
  • Carmel Winery
  • Ahava
  • Osem
  • Air force base
  • Israeli Military Industries

Seminar Fee

$3,850 (includes flight)


Entrepreneurship in Italy

Milan, Como & Bergamo
Spring Break 2014
Professor George Moker

Italy is the 10th-largest economy in the world and the fifth-largest in Europe, with Milan representing the country's financial and industrial center. For large organizations, doing business abroad presents political, regulatory, environmental, and social challenges that may be very different from the United States. Imagine the impact on startups and small organizations. This course will contrast those differences.

What to Expect

  • Study local startups, small businesses, and family businesses
  • Examine the business models, sources of capital, competitive advantages and disadvantages, and major markets of Italian entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial ventures
  • Identify the challenges facing Italian firms and entrepreneurs in a unified Europe and a globalizing world
  • Network with global business leaders
  • Visit cultural sites, such as Milan, Lake Como, and Bergamo.

Tentative Schedule

  • Sunday: Arrive in Milan. Guided tour. Welcome dinner.
  • Monday: Two sites visits. Field discussion at the hotel.
  • Tuesday: Site visit. Field discussion at the hotel.
  • Wednesday: Day trip to Lake Como. Leisure time in Como.
  • Thursday: Site visit. Field discussion at the hotel.
  • Friday: Site visit. Field discussion at the hotel.
  • Saturday: Day trip to Bergamo. Farewell dinner.

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