International Experiential Learning Programs-MBA Students
PRIME-GSBA 580: The Global Context of Business, is a required course in the full-time MBA curriculum made up of interrelated components. The Global Economics Module consists of a set of class sessions that focus on the global economic environment in order to understand the context in which international and global business take place. The Global Strategy Module consists of a set of class sessions that focus on the challenges and opportunities for developing strategies in global multi-business corporations. The PRIME Module focuses on the application of frameworks for international and global business to a specific country or pair of countries. As part of this module, students attend country-specific classes and complete a group research project related to a Pacific Rim or Latin American industry-specific and company-specific business issue. The PRIME module is centered on a ten day international experiential field trip to one or two countries during which students meet with managers and visit companies so that they can learn first-hand about the issues affecting international business. Students also have the opportunity to present their research project on-site to the company during PRIME. In addition to the three modules, there are a set of joint class sessions that focus on integrating material across the various modules. Each year, approximately 220 students participate in PRIME as part of the GSBA 580 course.
PM GLOBE-GSBA 582: The Global Environment and International Business, is a required course for MBA.PM students. This first component consists of a course focusing on the analysis of the global business environment and how this environment affects business decisions. This component examines how to assess the economic, political, social/cultural, institutional, and business environment of different countries. The second component, the PM GLOBE module, consists of country-specific training sessions, an international field trip to a specific country or pair of countries and a post-trip conference in which the results of the strategic industry or company analysis are presented. Each year, approximately 300 students participate in PM GLOBE as part of the GSBA 582 course.
ExPORT-As part of the Executive MBA program, students take an eight-day trip to learn about the broad spectrum of issues behind conducting business effectively in a global market. Approximately 120 students travel to either Shanghai or Beijing to observe local businesses and meet with executives from national, joint venture and transnational corporations.
ABAC Research Project-APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) is a confederation of 21 Pacific Rim economies that encourages cooperation and promotes free trade among its members. Since 2003, Marshall has been the only business school worldwide whose MBA students have conducted research for ABAC (APEC Business Advisory Council), which studies the current market forces and conditions of the region. After conducting extensive research in APEC countries, the Marshall ABAC team of approximately 12 students presents its findings at the annual ABAC CEO Meeting, which consists of over 60 CEOs assigned by their respective country leaders. Past research teams have investigated topics such as: sustainable energy, temporary worker mobility, non-tariff barriers to trade, and rules of origin regimes.