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  • Banking with the Poor

    Ronald Chua AIM (Analysis Institute of Management)

    A course that explores opportunities and challenges of providing financial services to low income households.

  • Business Model Innovation: Global Health in Frontier Markets

    Dr. Anjali Sastry; MIT Course Number 15.232

    Modern medicine could reduce disease greatly, yet fails to reach millions across the globe. Innovations in technology, process, marketing, and finance have the potential to help address the delivery challenges—not just in frontier markets, but everywhere. In this class, we explore novel solutions and new business models for delivering health care in resource-limited settings. The aim is to apply business and management lenses to what global health experts call the implementation gap. We analyze organizations to find why some fall short while others grow in size and contribute to the health of the people they serve, and explore promising business models and social enterprise innovations.

  • Business Planning for new Organizational Creation and Growth

    Fabio Petroni ALTIS, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

    This elective module is concerned with enabling the students to convert their business idea into an actionable business model. The course is fully dedicated to the Business Model Canvas, a simple/intuitive framework to design and visualize business models that provides a lean methodology to validate business assumptions and develop business.

  • Business Strategies for the Base of the Pyramid

    Ted London Ross School of Business, William Davidson Institute, University of Michigan

    This course stimulates leadership skills and understanding of the BoP. Class sessions will engage students in discussions aimed at identifying the prospects and challenges associated with serving BoP markets and developing strategies, business models, partnerships, and mindsets required to explore these opportunities.

  • Collection of Best Practice and Solutions for Fighting Poverty through Management Education: A Compendium of Teaching Resources

    Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME)

    The goal of this Collection is to provide short summaries of “what works” when it comes to integrating the issue of poverty into management education. Included is results from a global survey on poverty and its relationship to management education. Also included is a collection of learning tools to facilitate integration of poverty issues into the classroom.

  • Communications for Managers

    Prof. Neal Hartman; MIT Course Number 15.280

    Communication for Managers is intended to help students think strategically about communication and to aid students in improving their writing, presentation, and interpersonal communication skills within a managerial setting. The course looks at a range of successful practices and guidelines that have been derived from both research and experience, and gives students the opportunity to develop and practice their skills.

  • Debt and Deficits: Economic and Political Issues

    Nathan Perry

    Policy makers face difficult decisions in the coming years in dealing with deficit and debt related issues. All of the policy decisions imply tradeoffs that make simple solutions more complicated than they seem. To reduce the deficit now means imposing austerity programs that hurt current GDP and economic recovery. Expanding debt indefinitely means a higher percentage of spending in the future goes to servicing the debt, which could result in higher taxes.

  • Development of Social Enterprise

    Gaston Ortigas Asian Institute of Management

    Development of Social Enterprise I (DSE I) is a foundation course for would-be social entrepreneurs/intrapreneurs in the setting of a 16-month Master in Business Administration (MBA) program. It is given in the second term of the MBA Program to introduce students to the basic concepts of Social Enterprise Development and to apply them through various exercises and projects.

  • Developmental Entrepreneurship

    Prof. Alex Pentland; MIT Course Number MAS.666 / 15.971

    This class surveys developmental entrepreneurship via case examples of both successful and failed businesses and generally grapples with deploying and diffusing products and services through entrepreneurial action. By drawing on live and historical cases, especially from South Asia, Africa, Latin America as well as Eastern Europe, China, and other developing regions, we seek to cover the broad spectrum of challenges and opportunities facing developmental entrepreneurs. Finally, we explore a range of established and emerging business models as well as new business opportunities enabled by developmental technologies developed in MIT labs and beyond.

  • Doing Business in a Global World: India

    Lilac Nachum baruch college CUNY

    This course provides an overview of globalization for firms and their countries, and the range of opportunities it opens up to create value. It is rooted in the reality of the Indian economy and Indian firms, and examine India in the context of a global world.

  • Effective Advocacy

    Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

    The purpose of this training module is to strengthen the capacity of managers and employees/workers in effective advocacy for better relations among private sector stakeholders.

  • Emerging Markets and a Global World

    Lilac Nachum baruch college CUNY

    The course demystifies emerging markets and their firms and present you with strategic tools to address major issues that international managers are likely to face as a result of these developments.

  • Entrepreneurial Marketing

    Prof. Jin Gyo Kim; MIT Course Number 15.835

    This course clarifies key marketing concepts, methods, and strategic issues relevant for start-up and early-stage entrepreneurs. At this course, there are two major questions: 1) Marketing Question: What and how am I selling to whom? 2) New Venture Question: How do I best leverage my limited marketing resources? Specifically, this course is designed to give students a broad and deep understanding of such topics as: --What are major strategic constraints and issues confronted by entrepreneurs today? --How can one identify and evaluate marketing opportunities? --How do entrepreneurs achieve competitive advantages given limited marketing resources? --What major marketing/sales tools are most useful in an entrepreneurial setting?

  • Environmental Justice: Income, Race, and Health

    Rachel Massey

    Protecting the environment is sometimes viewed as a luxury -- something people care about only when they have plenty of leisure time and disposable income. In practice, low-income communities and minority ethnic groups often bear the most severe consequences of environmental degradation and pollution. In this module, we explore questions related to the distribution of pollution and other forms of environmental degradation. Our discussion is centered on environmental justice: the recognition that minority and low-income communities often bear a disproportionate share of environmental costs – and the perception that this is unjust.

  • Environmental Strategy

    Carol Seagle

    This course aims to: 1. Expose students to strategies companies use to reduce costs, minimize risk, create value, expand markets, innovate, and build competitive advantage; 2. Familiarize them with significant historical milestones which have influenced the relationship between business, society, and the environment; 3. Give them practice using quantitative tools to evaluate alternative business strategies with environmental implications; and 4. Challenge them to think critically about the environmental and societal consequences of business decisions and how business leaders can incorporate consideration of these consequences into their decision making.

  • Executive Diploma in Sustainable Business

    Leonie Brühlmann University of St.Gallen Katrin Muff Business School Lausanne Thomas Dyllick University of St.Gallen

    The Diploma in Sustainable Business is a joint degree by University of St. Gallen, Business School Lausanne and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. This innovative executive education program is designed for engaged future leaders in business and beyond - starting every fall.

  • Executive Education in Renewable Energy Management

    Leonie Brühlmann University of St.Gallen

    REM is a compact yet comprehensive management education program, focusing on renewable energies. As such, the curriculum covers the subjects and areas relevant for executives and future leaders in industries and businesses in renewable energy and related markets. The modules provide both solid foundation in all aspects of the socio-economic framework and the management and functional skills of renewable energy management:

  • Financial and Managerial Accounting

    Prof. George Plesko; MIT Course Number 15.514

    This module is an intensive introduction to the preparation and interpretation of financial information for investors (external users) and managers (internal users) and to the use of financial instruments to support system and project creation. The course adopts a decision-maker perspective on accounting and finance with the goal of helping students develop a framework for understanding financial, managerial, and tax reports.

  • Financing for Development - Massive Online Open Course (MOOC)

    Susan McAdams, Scott White, Julius Gwyer, Marco Scuriatti and Demet Cabbar

    The World Bank Group is launching a Financing for Development Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on November 16 (available at The objective is to familiarize more people with the new development agenda, the critical role of the private sector and the use of finance, including innovative solutions, to fund the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and meet the goal of ending poverty and boosting shared prosperity by 2030.

  • Global Business Strategy and Society

    Fabio Petroni ALTIS, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

    The module aims at providing the class with an overview of the emerging economies (emerging and BRICS countries) under different perspectives (macroeconomic, political, social, business), both from a general and global perspective and focusing on some countries in particular is concerned.

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