MA Global Affairs and Management

  • Switzerland is one of the world?s most important centers of international cooperation and Geneva is home to a large number of global intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations. This course provides students an opportunity to experience the work of many international organizations, both public and private, and aims to provide practical knowledge of these organizations as well as a greater appreciation of the challenges they face in today?s global community.

  • This course will (1) increase your understanding of the nature of organizational change (through conceptual frameworks, readings and discussions), (2) increase your skill in managing change (through a project) and (3) enhance your sensitivity to the contribution and consequences of the human element as related to change. As a pivotal requirement of this course, you will create and manage a change project. This project will be the platform through which you will apply the issues and concepts that we cover in this course.

  • This course is an overview of the process of the management of technology and innovation including the strategic, managerial and organizational structure variables that influence its success or failure. Topics include the impact of new technologies on industries, dominant designs and platform leadership, incremental and transformational innovations, lifecycle dynamics, technology transfer, entrepreneurship, critical success factors in managing innovative projects and managing innovation professions in co-located and virtual environments.

  • This course is about the business environment of Kenya and is designed to educate students about the challenges and opportunities therein for businesses, non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, managers, and policy makers. Inter-alia, students will learn the importance of the Kenyan polity, society, economy and business environment in the East African region.

  • This course will focus on business opportunities and operational challenges facing organizations doing business in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Of particular concern will be the sustainability of the growth and progress seen in Dubai over the last 20 years and the problems associated with managing a very diverse set of employees. Program content will focus on applied knowledge that will add to the student?s ability to manage organizations in a region which ahs experienced dynamic growth as well as the impact of the current financial crisis.

  • This course will enhance students? understanding of business development in East Africa?s largest country, Tanzania. Thunderbird students continue to show interest in human and economic development, the growth potential of emerging societies, the African region in general, and how all of these are related to business. Course learning will include social entrepreneurship, development, cross-cultural studies, and an increased global mindset. The program will enhance students?

  • This course provides students the opportunity to visit companies and meet executives to learn firsthand about doing business in South America. Meetings with government officials, as well as visits to important cultural centers and participation in cultural activities will further enhance students? understanding of the South American business environment.

  • This course is designed to give a non-stop comprehensive, integrated view of environment for Panamanian, investment and business opportunities, while broadening overall management perspectives.

  • This is a Thunderbird collaborative program offered in conjunction with INCAE, the leading Latin American business school, at their beautiful campus in Alajuela, Costa Rica. In the last two decades sustainability has gone from a fringe business issue to a central concern for corporations around the world. When managed correctly sustainability can become an important element of a company?s overall strategy. Getting sustainability wrong, however, can lead to public outcry and costly damage to corporate reputations.

  • This course follows the evolution of the European business environment created by the enlargement of the European Union. It focuses on how businesses are managing their operations in the enlarging European Single Market, a Market which will expand again with the access ion of Bulgaria and Romania to the European Union in 2007. The course addresses the challenges and opportunities facing companies in the dynamic environment of the ?new? evolving European Union.