Global Business Forum

The Global Business Forum (GBF) is an engaging MBA class and discussion forum where professionals from around the world share their insights into the complexities of doing business globally - differences encountered, obstacles overcome, advantages discovered, and solutions developed.  

The GBF is intentionally designed to connect students directly with global business leaders. Students are offered opportunities to lead Q&A discussions, summarize presentations for speaker follow-up, and engage in 1:1 meaningful conversations with speakers.

The Global Business Forum takes place Mondays, 12:30-1:20pm for daytime MBAs and 5:00-5:50pm for EveMBAs. Each quarter offers diverse discussions under a uniting global business theme. Christina Fong is the lead faculty for the Forum.

Fall 2013: Doing Business in China 
The GBF will host executives who have worked in China or have built and maintained significant relationships with companies in China to share their insight. Executives will be asked to compare and contrast their experiences in China with business experiences in the US and other countries, to discuss and identify opportunities in China, as well as the possible pitfalls. 

Winter 2014: The Ethics of Global Business
Executives with significant global experience will describe how they have wrestled with ethical dilemmas in their international business dealings. This quarter’s speakers will cover topics such as corruption, sustainability, fair trade, and corporate social responsibility.  We will also align with the Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition, which challenges students across the world to use business principles to create sustainable, positive solutions to some of the world’s most challenging issues - poverty, health and development. 

Spring 2014: International Trade Relations
(Co-directed with Bill Center, retired US Navy Admiral and past president of the Washington Council on International Trade) This quarter will take an in-depth look at the critical role that trade plays in the perpetuation of business across the globe.  We will invite leaders to discuss how they deal with trade regulations, how they manage the import and export of valued goods and products, and complex interplay between trade and macroeconomic forces in business.

MBAs, graduate students from other UW departments, faculty, and staff are welcome to participate. Enrollment for credit in the Global Business Forum (BA 545, Global Business Issues) during three academic quarters is a requirement for the Global Business Program certificate.

For more information on registration and earning credit for the GBF, check out the course page!