International Business Residency
Global Business Trips to Broaden Your Perspective
International business is steeped into the Robinson EMBA program. It’s in our DNA. For more than three decades, we have built international relationships that foster the advanced learning and understanding of how businesses operate in international economies. We also recognize that domestic growth and ingenuity are on the forefront of building a broader business perspective.
Asia, Africa, South America? Where will your EMBA cohort go?
The international residency will enrich and expose you to the management and business practices of companies around the world. You will meet with company leaders (both indigenous and American-owned), tour plants and facilities, and meet with government officials to better understand what it takes to run a successful business.
You’ll have the opportunity to engage with leaders from the companies you visit prior to travel. Live cases, simulations, and consulting work are examples of how you might interact with company leaders. Prior to the international residencies, you will be prepped on local cultures and protocol. Additionally, as a team, you will research and prepare a paper on a company that will be visited during your trip.
Required International Trip
Destination: South Africa (subject to change)
Meet with local and multinational companies, NGOs and government officials
View a video message from the founder of Heart Capital, a social enterprise in South Africa, to Robinson EMBA students. After spending a day onsite working with Heart Capital, the students decided to invest in the organization as a class. They stay in touch with the founder, Peter Shrimpton, to this day.
Past company visits include INVESCO, UPS, The Coca-Cola Company, Ernst & Young, Thermo Fisher Scientific, and Hewlett-Packard as well as government officials and NGOs that provided students with a first-hand look at the social fabric, technology, infrastructure, politics, and culture of the region.
Past destinations include Cambodia, Colombia, Japan, Vietnam, China, India, Thailand, Singapore, Argentina, Brazil, and South Africa.
Optional Business Trips
In addition to the required international residency business trip, EMBA students and alums have the option to embark on shorter trips that take place throughout the year. The shorter optional trips are not for credit and don’t require homework! Past optional trips have included:
Visit a variety of high-tech companies
Meet with government officials, entrepreneurs and local businesses