New Initiative to Expand Global Offerings and Partnerships

May 17, 2012
Global Business Initiative to Create Opportunities for Transformational Student Experiences
A new Global Business Initiative at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business will centralize the leadership and support for increasing the quality and depth of the school’s international offerings. The initiative will ensure that the global mission of Georgetown McDonough is evident throughout all aspects of the student experience – from the undergraduate to MBA to executive education programs.
“We embrace a global mindset in all we do at Georgetown McDonough, and this initiative will maximize our students’ opportunities for truly transformational experiences that lead to a greater understanding of how business operates around the world,” said David A. Thomas, dean of Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business. “By integrating our efforts, the work of the Global Business Initiative will allow our students and faculty to explore key questions about global business in a more detailed and comprehensive way.”
Known around the world for its emphasis on international business, Georgetown McDonough is creating the Global Business Initiative to enhance its global focus through curriculum and research activities, alliances with international universities and organizations, and coordination of existing efforts spread across various research centers at the school.
Ricardo Ernst, professor of operations and global logistics, will lead the initiative as its director. He will be joined by Valeria Bellagamba, associate dean for academic and global operations, who will coordinate the expanding scale and scope of global activities. An Academic Advisory Committee of faculty and an External Advisory Committee of alumni and other key advisors will provide guidance and thought leadership.
“The Global Business Initiative will call upon faculty, students, alumni, employers, and partners at Georgetown and around the world to become engaged and invigorated by this important work,” Ernst said. “The initiative represents both a deepening and widening of our commitment to Georgetown McDonough’s global mission.”
As one of its first undertakings, the Global Business Initiative will expand the Global Business Experience program to complement the revised MBA curriculum announced this spring. Georgetown McDonough pioneered these international consulting projects in 1995, and they are now a requirement for all graduate students at the school. By moving from a geographic emphasis in assigning residency projects to a thematic one, the Global Experience will provide students a comprehensive understanding of the regional and cultural factors affecting a strategic topic, such as supply chain management or social innovation. Students who studied the same topic in different areas of the world will regroup after their final presentations abroad to write a joint paper about the global implications of that topic and then present their findings at a concluding conference.
Other planned activities of the initiative include advising the dean on issues related to the curriculum and research; supporting research initiatives related to global business; examining ways to internationalize the curriculum across all programs; creating globally focused alliances across Georgetown University; internationalizing faculty development and hiring; exploring collaborative opportunities with other universities and organizations; and supporting existing global initiatives at the school.
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 1,200 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