Shanghai & Beijing, China 

May 2019

Professors Chrisy Yao and Nancy Feng 

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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Entrepreneurship in Israel
Tel Aviv & Jerusalem
Spring Break 2019
Professor David Hartstein

Israel is one of the world's global leaders. It has the second-largest number of start-up companies in the world and the largest number of NASDAQ-listed companies outside of North America. Israel is an ideal destination, as it is uniquely positioned at the crossroads of the European and Asian Markets.

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 start-ups
  • Develop a breadth of knowledge about international business in Israel, including knowledge of the state and development of the economy, common business organizational forms, and common business practices.
  • Float in the Dead Sea, visit Nazareth and Masada, and explore Jerusalem

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Design and Entrepreneurial Thinking in Italy
Rome, Florence, and Milan, Italy
Spring Break 2019 

Italy is the 10th-largest economy in the world and the fifth-largest in Europe, with Milan representing the country's financial and industrial centers and Rome its historical center. It has an out-sized impact on design globally.

What can we learn about design and entrepreneurial thinking from Italian businesses? What are the societal, political, and business challenges they face? How do they differ 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
  • Learn how to think with a design and entrepreneurial mindset
  • 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

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