• "From the Amazon to Rio: Leading Complex Projects on the Global Stage"

    What will students gain from this program?

    The Brazil GBE will provide students with the opportunity to dig deeply into the broad cultural and business drivers across this diverse and fascinating country with an eye to understanding leadership and management of complex global projects.

    The goals of this GBE course will be to expose students to the basic tools and techniques related to managing projects, as well as some of the most up-to-date research in leadership and complexity leadership theory. Upon completion, the students should be better equipped to plan, design, and manage global projects; will understand how to transition from managing projects to leading them; will gain a clearer understanding of project-related risks and uncertainties and how to mitigate against them; will understand the complexities of global projects; and will develop their own understanding of how to lead complex, global programs and projects.

    Academic Program Overview

    The program will launch deep in the Amazon rainforest where we plan to meet with local company representatives and learn firsthand how the large and complex infrastructure projects associated with the buildup to the World Cup were managed, the challenges key stakeholders faced, and have the opportunity to enquire as to whether these major projects will benefit the local economy.

    The second leg of the program will take participants to Rio de Janeiro, where the program will continue to investigate the economic and social friction facing this region as it strives to build and manage the many complex and interdependent projects associated with 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics. We plan to meet with civic and corporate leaders and key stakeholders directly involved in a number of complex projects underway in and around Rio leading up to hosting the 2016 Olympics.

    This GBE course aims to develop students’ leadership skills, sense of “global-mindedness,” and capacity for intellectual humility, integrity and empathy, enabling them to adjust their leadership and operational approaches in order to lead more successfully.

    Faculty Lead

    Gerry Starsia


    Arrive: 5 March 2015

    Depart: 13 March 2015