Independent Team Travel Abroad Expands Global Studies for Executive MBA Students

June 21, 2011
New Executive MBA Curriculum also Capitalizes on International Relationships in Nation’s Capital with Leading Business Institutions
Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business has revised the curriculum for its Executive MBA program. The new format expands student customization, leverages the school’s proximity to leading global business and policy organizations located in Washington, and broadens the global reach of students through distinctive international residencies.
“This revised academic offering allows us to capitalize on our Washington location and international connections to provide our students with the tools and techniques they need to excel in the global business market,” said Paul Almeida, senior associate dean for executive education at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business. “Our program is distinctive in both the number of global residencies offered and our ability to leverage the elements found exclusively at Georgetown University and in the Washington region.”
The new Executive MBA curriculum provides additional customization through a greater choice of electives in the second year. The new Georgetown Advanced Business Core also takes place the second year and is a required series of courses that highlight faculty expertise in international business, draw upon the variety of disciplines taught at Georgetown, and capitalize on the school’s relationships with prominent Washington, D.C., institutions such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, The World Bank, and the Inter-American Development Bank.
The Executive MBA program culminates with the new Global Capstone Residency, during which teams of students travel the world to study the impact of globalization at the country, industry, and firm levels. After their travels, the teams present their findings during a Capstone Weekend that highlights the school’s themes of globalization, collaboration, and integration of knowledge. This is in addition to the program’s longstanding signature Global Residency that features international consulting projects for such companies as Infosys, Corporate Executive Board, General Electric, and Nokia in locations including Istanbul, Dubai/UAE, China, and India.
In addition to launching a new Executive MBA curriculum, this past spring, the school also revised its 12-month Executive Master’s in Leadership program to help students enhance their leadership skills and gain a deeper understanding of management strategy. The new curriculum includes a greater focus on organizational leadership through courses such as Leading Teams, Competitive Advantage, Scenario Planning, Human Social Capital, and Power and Influence. Students learn to anticipate how the future is likely to unfold, identify their organization’s desired position in that future, develop tools and strategies to place the organization at the forefront, and influence others to join them in achieving successful outcomes.
The program will retain its residency programs, including the Global Residency to Cape Town, South Africa, where students are assigned a consulting project with organizations to solve an existing business problem. Past residency organizations have included the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, the Jesuit Institute – South Africa, and Stellenbosch University. The capstone master’s project and one-on-one leadership coaching also will continue.
About Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business
Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business is a premier business school located at the center of world politics and business in Washington, D.C. Some 1,400 undergraduates, 1,000 MBA students, and 500 participants in executive education programs study business with an intensive focus on leadership and a global perspective. Founded in 1957, the business school today resides in the new Rafik B. Hariri Building, a state-of-the-art facility that blends the tradition of Georgetown University with forward-thinking functionality. For more information about Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, visit