Business in Brazil

Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Paraty
Spring Break 2014
Professor Carlos Rufin

Brazil’s economy is growing fast. In fact, it’s the largest economy in Latin America and one of the 7th-largest in the world. As one of the world’s four major emerging economies, it’s experiencing high rate of economic growth combined with unprecedented political and economic stability and reductions in inequality, all of which are leading to rapid expansion of the middle class, high flows of foreign investment, and positive publicity abroad.

Yet at the same time, Brazil struggles with unequal income distribution, high levels of corruption, poor infrastructure, major environmental protection challenges, and low-quality public services despite high taxes.

Your faculty leader Carlos Rufin has traveled to Brazil every year since 1996, where he's taught at universities and worked at local companies. He's an expert on the Brazilian energy sector and is fluent in Portuguese.

What to Expect

  • Understand the complexity of the dynamic market, its unique culture, and the opportunities and pitfalls it presents
  • Examine how European colonization and the plantation system made a profound impact on Brazil.
  • Explore successful businesses in Brazil, ranging from small entrepreneurial companies to multinational corporations
  • Study the social dimensions in Brazil and the different challenges it creates
  • Visit with experts in the local economy
  • Visit historical and cultural landmarks, such as Christ the Redeemer, cable car to Sugar Loaf, and Sao Paulo & Rio de Janeiro

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Business in China

Shanghai & Beijing
May 3-11, 2014
Professor Michael Barretti

If you want to be successful in global business, you need to be successful in China. That’s because China is arguably the most important market in the world today. It is the largest market in terms of size, the third largest in terms of economic strength, and the fastest growing, with rates at over 9% annually for the past 10 years. China is the engine of growth for many MNCs and considered the future in terms of growth opportunities.

What to Expect

  • Examine China’s dynamic economy and its competitive advantages
  • Understand the development of the economy, leading companies and industries, social, cultural and historical influence on business practices and decisions
  • Analyze the transition from a centrally planned economy to a market oriented economy
  • Interact with management executives through site visits to major domestic and global corporations and agencies
  • Visit cultural and historical sites, including the Great Wall of China

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Business in Germany

Munich & Berlin
May 3-11, 2014
Professor Michael Behnam

Experience business in Germany, Europe’s largest economy, by touring two of the world’s capitals of commerce: Munich and Berlin. As the world’s largest exporter of goods, Germany is home to many globally known and technologically advanced multinational corporations.

What to Expect

  • Experience German management culture and gain insight into business practiced on a global scale
  • Discuss case studies, developed by Professor Behnam in partnership with the host executives, allowing for an intense, interactive learning experience.
  • Develop a working knowledge of the state and development of the economy, global participation, social, cultural, and political influences

Tentative Schedule

  • Tuesday: Case on international market entry. Tour of Audi's manufacturing plant and brand center.
  • Wednesday: Free time. Flight to Berlin
  • Thursday: Visit Bayer Pharma and work on case study on international health. Free time.
  • Friday: Visit CrowdWorx and work on a case study on market scalability of crowdsourcing for market intelligence and innovation. Free evening.
  • Saturday: Boat tour of Berlin. Farewell dinner in the Reichstag.
  • Sunday: Flight back to Boston.

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Comparative Public Policy in Ireland

Dublin & Belfast
July 27-August 2, 2014
Professor Aimee Williamson

This course provides an introduction to comparative public policy and gives students the opportunity to compare and contrast a public policy or public management issue in the US and Ireland. Students will research, analyze and compare public policy development and implementation in the US and in Dublin. Students will have the opportunity pick their research topic and interview public policy leaders in Dublin.

What to expect

  • Compare and contrast public policies and public management in the US and Ireland.
  • Discover whether policy and program designs from abroad work in your jurisdiction?
  • Learn how policies or reforms implemented in Ireland might work in the US or specifically here in Massachusetts?

Tentative Schedule

  • Sunday: Arrive in Dublin. Informal tour. Welcome dinner.
  • Monday: Lectures at the IPA. Free evening.
  • Tuesday: Interview consultation and fieldwork. Play at the Abbey Theatre.
  • Wednesday: Day trip to Belfast (including guided tour, free time, and a lecture). Free evening.
  • Thursday: Lectures at the IPA. Group dinner.
  • Friday: Cultural activities. Free evening.
  • Saturday: Flight back to Boston.

London (Financial Markets)

London Financial Markets

Spring Break 2014
Professor Natalia Beliaeva
Prerequisites: MBA 650 & 1 other FIN elective or a background in finance

London is one of the world’s leading financial centers, accounting for 38 percent of global foreign exchange trading. More than 500 banks have offices in London, and it’s home to the headquarters of many banking and insurance institutions. It was ranked #1 in the 2013 Global Financial Centers Index based on competitiveness.

In this course, you’ll visit brokerage houses; investment, corporate, and retail banks; asset and wealth managers; private bankers; hedge funds; financial boutiques; and specialized finance companies.

What to Expect

  • Understand the role of financial markets in the economy
  • Examine the impact of the global financial crisis on UK financial markets and institutions
  • Run a trade simulation
  • Discuss current financial issues with executives

Tentative Schedule

  • Sunday: Arrive to London. Welcome dinner.
  • Monday: Visit State Street and another company (TBD)
  • Tuesday: Visit BP Oil, Futures trading simulation, afternoon company visit, alumni night.
  • Wednesday: Rajiv Jaitly case study, cultural activity, theater in the evening
  • Thursday: Visit Lloyds of London, tour the trading floor, afternoon company visit
  • Friday: Visit Fidelity, afternoon company visit, farewell dinner
  • Saturday: Free day for cultural activities
  • Sunday: Depart for Boston

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