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Global Business Initiative

Because Business Has No Borders

The Global Business Initiative (GBI) seeks to distinguish the McDonough School of Business as the premier destination for global business education by partnering with other schools, organizations, and companies in Washington, D.C., and around the world. Through our signature Global Business Experience, our students have the opportunity to consult abroad and address complex business challenges.

A Welcome from Ricardo Ernst, Ph.D.:

Known around the world for its emphasis on international business, Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business created the Global Business Initiative (GBI) to ensure the school’s global mission is evident throughout all aspects of the student experience — from the undergraduate to the MBA to the Executive Education programs.

Located in one of the world’s most dynamic cities, Georgetown McDonough offers our students unparalleled access to global executives in business, government, and nonprofit organizations. GBI seeks to make Georgetown the premier destination for global business education. In order to create more transformational opportunities for students, GBI works to expand the school’s touchstone Global Business Experience and form partnerships with schools, organizations, and companies in Washington, D.C., and around the world.

GBI’s work is invigorating — and necessary. I like to tell people that business has no borders. In this age of globalization, it’s crucial that Georgetown McDonough educates future business leaders capable of making complex business decisions in a global environment. The Global Business Initiative exists to make that possible.

Thank you for your interest in GBI. I look forward to welcoming you to our robust global business network.

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New MOOC Prepares Global-Ready Leaders

The Global Business Initiative (GBI) will launch the school's first massive open online course (MOOC): Global Business in Practice. Through the edX platform, anyone in the world will be able to get an overall view of the increasingly complex challenges of global business from the insights, perspectives, and experience of Georgetown faculty and senior executives currently working in multinational companies and organizations.

The MOOC will feature lessons from professor Ricardo Ernst and fellow Georgetown faculty, as well as interviews with prominent global business leaders, including Joe Baratta, global head of private equity for Blackstone; Mark del Rosso, executive vice president and COO of Audi of America; Fabrizio Freda, president and CEO of Estée Lauder Companies; Franck Moison, vice chairman at Colgate-Palmolive; and Stephanie von Friedeburg, CIO at the World Bank, among others.

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Global Business Advisory Board:

The Global Business Initiative has assembled an outstanding team of business professionals from across the world to advise the dean on Georgetown McDonough’s global mission. Chaired by alumnus Maximo J. Blandon (MBA ’88), the Global Business Advisory Board leverages resources to improve and expand on the school’s ability to enhance its position as a leader in global business education and research and as a thought leader in the field of global business management.

Committee members represent multilateral organizations and different industries such as health care, asset management, car manufacturing, legal services, consumer goods, energy, and consulting services, among others.

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Global Consulting:

The Global Business Experience (GBE) course empowers students to more fully understand how business is conducted around the world. All graduate students travel abroad to consult either within an industry or with specific Fortune 500 companies. A sample of client organizations our students consulted for in 2016 includes:


Shanghai Lima Bologna Dubai São Paulo











Booz Allen






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Student Experience:

The Global Business Experience course allows Georgetown McDonough students to obtain a better understanding of the local culture by attending cultural events, visiting local organizations and supporting the community through donations, fundraising, and service events. It also is a unique opportunity for students to build relationships with their classmates. 

• Hong Kong: Kung Fu classes at the HUB children's center.

• Brazil: playing the drums with the kids of Meninos do Morumbi.

• Spain: playing the piano on the streets of Barcelona.

For live updates from the international locations visit our Twitter page.

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Global Summits and Speakers:

This series brings accomplished business leaders to engage the Georgetown community in dialogue about the challenges of leading global businesses in specific industries.

In Jan. 2015, Georgetown University held the inaugural Global Luxury Summit, which convened CEOs from global luxury brands such as Estée Lauder, Michael Kors and Tom Ford. Later that year Re/code co-founder Walt Mossberg visited campus to discuss the global digital tidal wave and its consequences for corporations.

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The Global MBA Curriculum: Global is in our DNA

Core classes: MBA students begin the curriculum with Structure of Global Industries -- a highly integrated course that introduces them to the issues and industries they will focus on during their Global Business Experience and sets the tone for the entire MBA curriculum. Georgetown also pioneered the Global Business Experience -- a required global consulting project where students partner with executives from multinational organizations to address complex business challenges.

International business certificate with the Georgetown's School of Foreign Service (SFS): MBA students also have the opportunity to pursue an Honors Certificate Program with the Landegger Program in International Business Diplomacy (IBD). Through this highly competitive, interdisciplinary program, students will learn to maximize the benefits that globalization of trade, investment, and technology can bring to citizens in developed and developing countries.

Georgetown McDonough also offers four semester abroad programs for full-time MBA students:
* The London Business School,
* Beijing International MBA
* HEC Paris
* ESADE Business School (Barcelona)
* IAE Business School

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Global Alumni Network:

All Georgetown University alumni, graduate students, and undergraduate seniors can access Georgetown's Global Alumni Network, which contains over 20,000 active members worldwide.

This tool allows direct alumni-to-alumni networking and also includes a search option with filters by industry, company, title or position, and work country.

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GBI News:

Stay up-to-date with the latest events and announcements from the Global Business Initiative. Engage with us through our live tweets, read our quarterly newsletter, or just send us an email.

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The Global Business Experience (GBE) has empowered our students to more fully understand how business is conducted around the world.

  • 1500+

    consulting projects completed

    Students have worked on more than 1500 consulting projects in different areas including market entry analysis, e-commerce, growth strategy and real estate.

  • 30

    Destinations across the world

    Students have consulted abroad in 30 cities across five continents, including São Paulo, Beijing, Johannesburg, Madrid, and Mumbai.

  • 7,900+

    Students that have participated in GBE

    More than 7900 students across all Georgetown McDonough programs have participated in the Global Business Experience since its inception.