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 Eve MBAs. Each quarter offers diverse discussions under a uniting global business theme. Christina Fong is the lead faculty for the Forum.

Fall 2014: Doing Business in Japan

The world's attention has been shifting back to Japan in recent years. To investigate the issues of the modern Japanese economy, the GBF will host executives who have worked in Japan or have built and maintained significant relationships with companies in Japan to share their insights. Executives will be asked to compare and contrast their experiences in Japan with business experiences in the US and other countries, to discuss and identify opportunities in Japan, as well as the possible pitfalls of doing work in Japan.

Winter 2015: Working in Virtual or Cross-Cultural Teams

The ability to work in teams with members from different countries and cultures is becoming an essential skill for any executive. The globalization of the economy has precipitated a sharp increase in the number of teams that bring together employees from different countries, time zones, cultures, industries and companies. This winter, we will invite executives from global companies to share the triumphs and challenges that they experiences when their success is dependent on the ability to collaborate, cooperate, and work together with individuals from other countries.

Spring 2015: The International Consumer

This quarter we will look at how marketing and communications strategies have changed (or remained the same) to deal with an increasingly globalized customer base. How do US companies market to overseas or foreign customers? We will invite marketing experts to share how they attract, educate, and persuade customers, consumers, and stakeholders who are not local.

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!