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It has been a busy summer for Georgetown McDonough graduate students as they embarked to several cities in Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, and East Asia. In the last three months, MBA Evening Program students consulted for companies in Hong Kong, Bologna, and Istanbul; Executive MBA students consulted in Seoul; and Master of Science in Finance students consulted in Johannesburg.

Students relived their Global Business Experience (GBE) by voting on the Instagram photos that best captured moments with their clients, classmates, and host cities. Entrepreneur and philanthropist Tony Elumelu stressed the importance of the private sector in Africa’s development during an on-campus event in May. In subsequent issues, stay tuned for details about next year's global summit and the GBE destinations of the Full-time MBA students in 2016.

Ricardo Ernst, Ph.D.
Director of the Global Business Initiative Professor of Operations
Reena Aggarwal
MBA Evening Program Students Consult in Bologna
In July, 40 Georgetown McDonough MBA students traveled to Bologna, Italy, for their Global Business Experience (GBE), as part of the culmination of the three-month course. During the trip, the students shared eight presentations with clients including Electrolux, Ferretti, and Carpigiani. Todd Lisowski, evening MBA student and acquisition manager for Naval Reactors, consulted with Automobili Lamborghini in a market entry strategy project for emerging countries.

“The entire experience was rewarding for us as we were in regular communication with senior company executives for three months,” he said. “Each of them taught us great lessons in terms of international business development and marketing operations. We were grateful to have been paired with such an iconic company.”
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Executive MBA Students Share Findings in South Korea
Executive MBA Students Share Findings in South Korea
This year, Georgetown McDonough Executive MBA students traveled to Seoul as part of the Global Business Experience, marking the first time EMBA students had visited South Korea. Forty-eight executives acquired a more nuanced global and cultural perspective and gained access to South Korean industry leaders as they completed and presented their team projects.

EMBA student Caroline Nielson Decker, former vice president for legislative affairs at the American Trucking Associations, worked with a foreign-flagged enterprise that has a small but growing footprint in South Korea.

“Over the more than six months that we worked on the project, we were in regular communication with our host company in Seoul,” she said. “The discovery and fact-finding phases were time consuming but essential as we familiarized ourselves with the client company's industry and challenges it was facing in Korea. Our hard work was validated when the senior executive of the client company endorsed our findings and suggested that our recommendations would be incorporated into their Korean business plan.”
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MBA Students Share Global Business Experience Photos
MBA Students Share Global Business Experience Photos
MBA Evening Program students shared more than 300 photos during their Global Business Experience (GBE) trips in July using #msbglobal on Instagram. The photos spanned all three countries and represented a wide range of experiences, including morning runs in Hong Kong, afternoon cruises in Istanbul, and panoramic countryside views in Bologna.

After returning to the United States, students “liked” and voted on nine finalist photos in three categories. The three photos with the most “likes” -- from students @carlask and @mikeandjulianna -- were named the winners!
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Global Business
Global Business Experience Leads
to GE Job
For Sri Sekar, the road to Schenectady, N.Y., ran through Bologna, Italy. Sekar, a 2015 MBA graduate, is one of two people joining General Electric’s Renewable Energy Leadership Program in upstate New York this year. In July, he will head to New York as one of two GE fellows, thanks to his hard work, determination, and his Global Business Experience.
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First Global Business Experience for Master of Science in Finance Students
First Global Business Experience for Master of Science in Finance Students
In June, students in the Georgetown McDonough Master of Science in Finance (MSF) program traveled to Johannesburg, South Africa, for their Global Business Experience (GBE), marking the first GBE for the program. During the trip, the students shared seven presentations to clients including Barclays Africa, Coca Cola, and Cummins Inc.

Allan Eberhart, director of the MSF program and professor of finance, shared his thoughts on the week-long trip.
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BA Legend Shaquille O’Neal Holds Court at McDonough
African Entrepreneur Tony Elumelu Shares His Vision at Georgetown
African philanthropist, business leader, and entrepreneur Tony O. Elumelu shared his philosophy of entrepreneur-led development at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business on May 12.

“The private sector has a role to play in Africa’s development,” Elumelu said. His “Africapitalism” concept encourages investment in jobs and opportunities to empower individuals and communities.
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Faculty in the News:

Adjunct faculty David Heenan shares his expertise in a Wall Street Journal article on the effectiveness of the co-CEO model.

Strategy Professor Catherine Langlois has been appointed president of the Peace Science Society.

John Mayo, professor of economics, business, and public policy, shared his expertise with Georgetown alumni at the IFC headquarters. Mayo also is the Executive Director of the Center for Business and Public Policy.

Distinguished Teaching Professor Betsy Sigman weighs in on Twitter’s future in the LA Times.

Associate Professor of Ethics Edward Soule talks about the consequences of erratic work schedules for companies in Human Resource Executive Online.

Marlene Morris Towns, teaching professor of marketing, discusses celebrity endorsements in Fortune.

Associate Professor Sezer Ulku contributes to an MIT Technology Review article on Google’s new structure.


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