Thunderbird International Consortia

Thunderbird International Consortia

Location: Thunderbird Campus

April 11 - 21, 2016

October 10 - 20, 2016

What global challenges face your organization? Join executives from diverse industries, functions and cultures at Thunderbird’s International Consortia - and discover real, applicable solutions.

What is an international consortium? Think “teamwork.” Think “open exchange of ideas.” Think “unprecedented opportunity to tap the minds of global executives and global thought leaders” in search of solutions for your organization’s most pressing strategic global challenges.

Defined by its “three-dimensional” approach to learning - where participating organizations represent cross-industry, cross-function and cross-culture perspectives - Thunderbird’s International Consortia provides non-competing globally focused organizations with access to a candid, constructive two-week series of courses designed to address their current specific global challenges.

With semi-customized curriculum designed in collaboration with Thunderbird School of Global Management faculty and partner company representatives, International Consortia programs address such timely global issues as

  • Succession planning and retention
  • Expansion into new markets
  • New product and service development
  • Profitable growth
  • Defining your organization’s global strategy

These topics are discussed via faculty lecture, case study, simulations and engaging group discussions. The result is a learning environment where challenges are aired, ideas are shared and solutions are discovered - all among non-competitive peers.

How does the Thunderbird International Consortia work?

Unlike other executive education programs, Thunderbird’s International Consortia is offered exclusively to partner organizations. As members, these organizations participate in defining the semi-custom curriculum to ensure their top-tier managers and executives get the most out of the experience. But unlike a custom program designed for a single organization, the Thunderbird International Consortia draw on the global challenges of all participating organizations - providing participants with the opportunity to build relationships, build their global mindset, build their networks and build their leadership potential.

During a consortium:

  • You’ll address business and cultural issues specific to your organization… all while learning from other organizations’ best practices, successes and challenges.
  • You’ll attend the Arizona-based program with colleagues from your organization as you work alongside like groups of individuals from non-competing global companies.
  • You’re guaranteed a high-caliber, in-depth analysis and review of current global business strategies as you work with Thunderbird’s world-renowned faculty and other participants who are carefully selected from their multinational organizations.

Since 1993, Thunderbird School of Global Management has operated multiple international consortia groups with Global 500, Fortune 500 and S&P 500 companies from a range of industries - automotive, consumer products, energy, technology, manufacturing, pharmaceutical/health care and more. Find out what executives are saying about this hands-on, open exchange that provides a unique opportunity for cross-industry and cross-company debate, discussion and discovery. Or, for a personal glimpse of the consortia in action, listen to the 2010 Thunderbird International Consortia Webinar presented to global HR executives through

Meet the TIC Academic Director

Michael H. Moffett, Ph.D., is no stranger to Thunderbird’s International Consortia. An associate professor of finance and the Continental Grain Professor in Finance at Thunderbird, he has served as the Thunderbird International Consortia academic director since 1998, developing curriculum and program content, and organizing Thunderbird International Consortia faculty teams.

During the past 20+ years of his finance career, the Irish-Scottish Moffett has shared his collective knowledge of international finance, teaching and consulting in approximately 20 countries – including a half-year in Denmark. He has taught and lectured everywhere from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Hyderabad, India to Brasilia, Brazil and across the United States.

Dr. Moffett has taken more than 15 trips to Norway, Sweden and Finland and also is the co-author of a best-selling textbook: Multinational Business Finance, now in its 12th edition and used by universities in more than 30 countries each year. He has also co-authored three additional textbooks about multinational finance, international business and global business, all currently in print. The author of more than 40 case studies on a variety of global business topics, he is also published in the industry’s leading publications.

A three-time recipient of Thunderbird’s Outstanding Professor Award, Moffett’s areas of expertise include international finance, treasury management, and the financial management issues unique to the oil and gas industry. See Dr. Moffett’s full bio.


Thunderbird’s world-class, globally diverse faculty members serve as your business coaches during the two-week program. Knowledgeable about the challenges faced by participating companies, they are recognized as global thought leaders because of their real-world business consulting experiences with multinational corporations and non-governmental organizations across the globe; their experience authoring many of the cases you will study; and their knowledge of global best business practices and groundbreaking research.

In addition to Dr. Moffett, faculty members who teach in Thunderbird’s International Consortia program include:

What executives are saying about Thunderbird International Consortia

“It was great to mix with high-caliber individuals from other industries and companies. Fantastic perspective.” - Executive Director, Construction Industry

“This program was very useful – especially for the future positions I would like to develop into. The sharing of experience through the different cases, the discussion with professors, and the sharing of company cultures between the participating companies is a great and very effective formula for learning. It will provide an advantage once I’m exposed to similar situations in my own company.” - Head of Mergers & Acquisitions, Banking Industry

“I have gained a better understanding of service, finance, strategy planning, and culture in the ever-increasing global business environment.” - Regional Assistant Finance Director, Automotive Industry

“This training was very effective and relevant to my responsibilities. I will be able to use most of what I learned going forward. This has made the most impact and is the most effective training I have ever received.” - Vice President, Associate General Counsel, Consumer Products Industry

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