The business world is global and through the use of global cases and materials as well as class discussion designed to highlight differences in business practices around the world and encourage the sharing of individual perspectives on business issues from the community of students and faculty.
While each of the core courses uses global cases and covers global aspects of its primary focus, the Global Economics for Managers (GEM) course provides a base for understanding the global world of business. It focuses on macroeconomic principles that shape production, trade and capital flows, interest and exchange rates, as well as international microeconomics to illustrate how globalization influences performance, strategy, and policy within firms. (View descriptions of core courses.)
The First-Year Project (FYP) course can provide an excellent opportunity to gain global knowledge and perspective. FYP is a project-based experiential course where teams of students apply classroom learning to complex, real-world business challenges—either as a consulting assignment for a client or to develop a business plan for an entrepreneurial venture. Read about a First-Year Project in which a group of students traveled to Nicaragua to assist in an effort to improve food security for the farmers.
Although Tuck sources a wide variety of potential projects—both domestic and international, the key is that you choose both the project and the team to work with. Say you want to develop a business plan for a non-profit providing health services in Africa and you can find others who are interested, that could become your FYP project. Or you source a consulting project from a company in India or for a US-based company looking at a global issue. Tuck’s Center for Business and Society offers a research travel program that can support primary research for an environmental or socially focused FYP during spring break.
Tuck offers a range of electives that have a global focus such as Global Marketing or Leadership in the Global Economy and many others that have significant global content such as Strategic Brand Management or Business & Ethics at the Bottom of the Pyramid. (View descriptions of elective courses.) Highlighted below are the courses that involve travelling outside the U.S.
Like most programs, Tuck has term exchange agreements with MBA programs around the world. (Learn more about exchange programs.)
In addition, there are a number of individual elective courses that provide the opportunity to gain global exposure.