The GEMBA curriculum is made up of six terms, each of which is anchored by a two-week international residency in a location selected to create the optimal learning experience for the courses being delivered. Each time you and your classmates meet in person, you’ll attend classes, visit influential firms during Global Leadership Explorations, gain cultural knowledge and contacts and learn to work across international borders. Between residencies, approximately one-third of the course work will be delivered through distance learning in the form of live classes, virtual learning team meetings and integrated work projects.
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Term 1: Leading the Global Enterprise
Term 1 Residency Schedule - United States
In Term 1, you will learn the fundamentals of leading a global enterprise, explore perspectives required for success in multinational environments and be challenged to formulate and recommend actions. You will also be introduced to the global market fundamentals of capital, products, currency, commodities and leadership.
- Leading Global Organizations
- Managing Global Processes
- Understanding Global Markets
- Decision Analysis
- Global Leadership Explorations
- International Residency: Charlottesville, Virginia
Term 2: Global Capabilities and Opportunities
Term 2 Residency Schedule - Brazil
In Term 2, you will explore global business environments, opportunities facing organizations globally and prerequisites for success. The term will emphasize the fundamentals of the language of business, including global economies and markets, corporate finance, accounting and leadership.
Term 3: Managing and Sustaining Organizations Across Different Cultures and Contexts I
Term 3 Residency Schedule - China
Term 3 will develop your ability to lead and execute strategy, operations and processes in a global enterprise. You will focus on activities and factors that drive costs and revenues and learn to successfully manage processes and supply chains.
Term 4: Managing and Sustaining Organizations Across Different Cultures and Contexts II
Term 4 Residency Schedule - Europe
Term 4 will deepen your ability to lead a successful global enterprise by focusing on the creation, development and management of its value proposition to different stakeholders; the marketing and selling of its products and services; and the financing of these activities.
Term 5: Entering New Cultures and Contexts
Term 5 Residency Schedule - India
Term 5 focuses on entering and succeeding in new markets and innovating in a global context. You’ll gain a more in-depth understanding of new market entry and new product development; management of uncertainty and risk; management of joint ventures and collaborative enterprises; and the role of R&D.
Term 6: What’s Next and Creating the Future
Term 6 Residency Schedule - United States
Term 6 is about putting it all together and reflecting upon the entire course of study. Faculty and classmates will guide you to integrate, synthesize and commit to ongoing individual and organizational changes. You will also choose from a menu of advanced seminars which will explore more deeply key topics covered in previous terms.