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In a highly globalized world, business leaders must understand the macroeconomic, political, and social environments in which they conduct business. Charged with setting direction in a complex world, they need to know where that world is going, how their company can navigate the trends, and which changes—in business strategy and in the institutional and regulatory environment—will create opportunity.

This HBS Executive Education program delivers critical insight into the processes and trends that are reshaping global business conditions. You will examine the connections among government policies, national and global macroeconomic phenomena, politics, cultural and social conditions, and international relations. In particular, you will explore the role of currency, trade, regulatory policies, and institutional infrastructure in shaping the business environment within diverse countries and across the globe. Equipped with a more comprehensive understanding of the local and global context in which your business operates, you will be better able to build strategic advantage and sustainable success for your company.

What You Can Expect

This program takes you inside the workings of today's global business environment through analysis of the world's most important national economies—from China, India, and Brazil to the United States, the Eurozone, and beyond. As you assess the goals and actions of policymakers, evaluate institutional structures, and discover how government actions affect business conditions, you will improve your ability to recognize opportunities and make the right strategic investments.

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This program takes you inside the workings of today's global business environment through analysis of the world's most important national economies—from China, India, and Brazil to the United States, the Eurozone, and beyond. As you assess the goals and actions of policymakers, evaluate institutional structures, and discover how government actions affect business conditions, you will improve your ability to recognize opportunities and make the right strategic investments.

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Your Course of Study

Through case studies, small group discussions, dynamic faculty presentations, and contributions from guest speakers, you will deepen your understanding of the economy in which your business operates, both locally and globally, and how its workings influence and are influenced by political, social, and cultural factors. You will explore the dynamics of globalization, analyze how countries shape global business conditions, and examine how national policies impact economic performance and business strategy.

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Through case studies, small group discussions, dynamic faculty presentations, and contributions from guest speakers, you will deepen your understanding of the economy in which your business operates, both locally and globally, and how its workings influence and are influenced by political, social, and cultural factors. You will explore the dynamics of globalization, analyze how countries shape global business conditions, and examine how national policies impact economic performance and business strategy.

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Who Is Right for the Program

Managing Opportunity and Risk in the Global Economy is designed for senior strategic decision-makers in large, established multinational firms or in businesses expanding their global presence. Appropriate for executives from any country, industry, or functional background, the curriculum is particularly valuable for those concerned with international business development, global financial strategy, global marketing, emerging market strategy, international investment, or country operations. It also is geared for senior executives in other functional roles, in investment firms, or in professional services firms with large multinational clients.

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Managing Opportunity and Risk in the Global Economy is designed for senior strategic decision-makers in large, established multinational firms or in businesses expanding their global presence. Appropriate for executives from any country, industry, or functional background, the curriculum is particularly valuable for those concerned with international business development, global financial strategy, global marketing, emerging market strategy, international investment, or country operations. It also is geared for senior executives in other functional roles, in investment firms, or in professional services firms with large multinational clients.

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Admissions

The Admissions Committee meets monthly, and admits qualified candidates on a rolling, space available basis. Early application is strongly encouraged. Although there are no formal educational requirements, proficiency in written and spoken English is essential. Because Executive Education programs enhance the leadership capacity of the participants as well as their organizations, HBS expects the full commitment of both. While participants are attending a program, sponsoring organizations agree to relieve them of their work responsibilities so that they can fully focus on the learning experience.

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The Admissions Committee meets monthly, and admits qualified candidates on a rolling, space available basis. Early application is strongly encouraged. Although there are no formal educational requirements, proficiency in written and spoken English is essential. Because Executive Education programs enhance the leadership capacity of the participants as well as their organizations, HBS expects the full commitment of both. While participants are attending a program, sponsoring organizations agree to relieve them of their work responsibilities so that they can fully focus on the learning experience.

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Every Harvard Business School Executive Education program is developed and taught by HBS faculty who are widely recognized as skilled educators, groundbreaking researchers, and award-winning authors. Through publishing, consulting, and teaching, HBS faculty leverage their business expertise and field-based research to develop enduring concepts that shape the practice of management. The result is an Executive Education teaching team whose groundbreaking insights challenge participants' thinking and enable them to become visionary business leaders.

Faculty Chair
Warren Alpert Professor of Business Administration. Member of the Business, Government and the International Economy Unit. Faculty chair of Managing Opportunity and Risk in the Global Economy. Read Full Bio
Baker Foundation Professor. Member of the Business, Government and the International Economy Unit. Read Full Bio

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Every Harvard Business School Executive Education program is developed and taught by HBS faculty who are widely recognized as skilled educators, groundbreaking researchers, and award-winning authors. Through publishing, consulting, and teaching, HBS faculty leverage their business expertise and field-based research to develop enduring concepts that shape the practice of management. The result is an Executive Education teaching team whose groundbreaking insights challenge participants' thinking and enable them to become visionary business leaders.

Laura Alfaro

Faculty Chair
Warren Alpert Professor of Business Administration. Member of the Business, Government and the International Economy Unit. Faculty chair of Managing Opportunity and Risk in the Global Economy.

Richard H.K. Vietor

Baker Foundation Professor. Member of the Business, Government and the International Economy Unit.

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Programs, dates, fees, and faculty are subject to change.

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