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2008 Past Events and Initiatives



"The Financial Crisis in Historical Perspective and Prospects for Reform" - A Lecture by Barry Eichengreen

December 2, 2008

Co-sponsored with The Institute for International Economic Policy

GW-CIBER was honored to host a lecture by Professor Barry Eichengreen, one of the world's leading experts on historical and contemporary global financial crises and institutions, on the subject of recent global economic turmoil and its implications for a new international financial architecture. Professor Eichengreen spoke nearly weeks after a global summit of international leaders on November 15, 2008 and offered critical insights into the prospects for fundamental changes in the institutional structures governing global capital flows.
Barry Eichengreen is the Pardee Professor of Economics and Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley and a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (London, England). In 1997-98 he was Senior Policy Advisor at the International Monetary Fund. He has published extensively in leading academic journals and university presses. His recent work includes Globalizing Capital: A History of the International Monetary System, 2nd Edition (Princeton University Press, 2008), Global Imbalances and the Lessons of Bretton Woods (MIT Press, 2006), Capitol Flows and Crises (MIT Press, 2003), and Financial Crises and What to Do about Them (Oxford University Press, 2002).

"Cross-Cultural and Language Skills: Keys to Success in International Careers?"

November 12, 2008

This career panel kicked off with a keynote address by Ms. Lobna Ismail, President of Connecting Cultures, a cross-cultural consulting firm. Following the keynote, a panel of professionals from a variety of industries spoke about their experiences working in the international context. Specifically, they addressed the importance of cross-cultural and language proficiency in global business and development work. The panel concluded with Q&A from the audience. More information about this event is available here.

"Creating Mini-Cases for the Business Language Classroom"

November 8, 2008

This training session focused on "mini-cases" and how to develop them quickly and easily for business language classrooms. The event represented an independent continuation of our April workshop on teaching language with business cases. We built on the findings of that session and offered this hands-on workshop on developing compressed, language appropriate cases teaching business-related themes.

"Demystifying the Global Financial Crisis: Implications for the World Economy"

October 27, 2008

Co-sponsored with the GW School of Business

This lively discussion focused on the origins and implications of the financial crisis for the global economy. We were very pleased to have a diverse set of panelists with experience in U.S. and international financial institutions, the public sector, the private sector, and academia. More information about this event is available here.

"Corporate Responsibility in a Global Economy"

September 29, 2008

Co-sponsored with the Institute for Corporate Responsibility Global Stakeholder Strategies Program

David Logan, co-founder of The Corporate Citizenship Company (UK) and one of the top 100 Leaders in Business Ethics (Ethicsphere) and Lynn Marmer, Group Vice President Corporate Affairs of Kroger discussed the nuances of modern day 'Corporate Responsibility in a Global Economy'. With global supply chains, universal demands for treating all employees with dignity while managing a firm's worldwide carbon/water/energy footprint coupled with local demands for community investment, partnering, and poverty alleviation--modern managers face many challenges. Two experts shared their hard-won insights into how to compete globally while managing with integrity by improving corporate management systems.

"The Russia-Georgia Conflict and the U.S: How Did We Get Here, and What Leverage Does the West Have?"

September 11, 2008

Co-sponsored with the Elliott School Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies

This discussion explored a variety of factors in Russian-Georgian relations and in Georgian-U.S. relations since 1991 that have contributed to the Russian-Georgian military conflict and the serious diplomatic tensions between Russia and the U.S. More information about this event is available here.

Summer Doctoral Institute 2008

June 2 - August 4, 2008

Please visit the Summer Doctoral Institutes webpage for detailed information on this program.

FDIB 2008: "Succeeding in Emerging and Developing Markets: Understanding How Institutions Impact Firms and Managers"

April 28, 2008

Co-sponsored with Duke University CIBER, Temple University CIBER, and University of Maryland CIBER

Please visit the FDIB webpage for detailed information on this program.

World Russian Forum 2008: "Towards Economic, Political and Military Alliance"

April 28, 2008

Co-sponsored with the GW Language Center, the Russian Cultural Center, the American University in Moscow and other organizations

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Undergraduate Career Panel

April 28, 2008

Panelists:
Michael Schmitz, Romulus Global Issues Management
Tom McDougall, On Sale Promos
Rafi Menachem, Grassroots Business Fund
For more information about this event please click here.

"Diasporas and Post-Conflict Societies: Conflict Entrepreneurs, Competing Interests, or Contributors to Stability and Development?"

April 21, 2008

Co-sponsored with the GW Diaspora Research Program

Analyses of the role of diasporas in security and conflict have concentrated on their support for insurgencies and their contribution to political instability. Their role as potential contributors to stability and development is under-researched. Following a review of what diasporas are and what motivates their interests vis-à-vis the homeland, this paper reviewed diasporas' potential constructive contributions to post-conflict peace and development. These included remittances (both economic and in-kind), human capital, political influence, and philanthropy. The role of diasporas in war-torn societies may be essential to peace and reconstruction owing to the short time horizons of international community support and the particularly salient needs to jump start economic and political systems. The paper concluded with implications for both post-conflict homeland governments and the international community. Given the range of contributions that diasporas can make, both positive and negative, post-conflict homeland governments and the international community ignore diasporas at their peril.

"Bridging Two Worlds: Incubating Transnational New Ventures"

April 18, 2008

Co-sponsored with the GW Diaspora Research Program

Abstract: What start-up challenges do transnational entrepreneurs experience? How can business incubators help them overcome the obstacles to securing financial, human, and social capital that they face? Drawing on multi-method fieldwork conducted in October 2007, we presented the case study of IntEnt, a Dutch incubator providing services exclusively to transnational entrepreneurs. Employing Eisenhardt's case-based theory development approach (1989), we leveraged case findings to develop theoretical propositions regarding the incubation of transnational ventures. We identified key differences between domestic and transnational incubation, particularly in terms of the incubator's purpose, stakeholder set, assessment metrics, and services. Implications for theory and future research were discussed.

"Using Business Cases in the Business Language Classroom"

April 5, 2008

This workshop introduced techniques for teaching business cases in the business language classroom. Participants were exposed to the methodology typically used by business schools when they engage students in praxis-oriented business cases. It focused specifically on teaching sequential mini cases and on productive techniques for integrating video narratives. More information about this workshop is available here.

"Oil Price Volatility, Economic Impacts, and Financial Management: Risk-Management Experience, Best Practice, and Outlook"

March 10 - 11, 2008

Co-sponsored with the World Bank Institute

In response to client demand, the World Bank Institute and George Washington University jointly organized this global finance forum to provide a platform for global policy dialogue, enhance skills on risk management instruments, and look ahead to likely future scenarios. Invited speakers included world renowned economists, prominent experts and strategists from the energy sector, investment banks, sovereign wealth funds, and major multinationals as well as staff from the IMF and World Bank Group. More information about this event is available on the World Bank's website.

Global Business Project Kick-Off Weekend

March 14 - 16, 2008

Co-sponsored with the GBP Consortium

The Global Business Project (GBP) is a graduate-level course designed and developed by a consortium of Centers for International Business Education and Research (CIBERs) to provide a way for students in related disciplines to increase their global business and language competency through guided hands-on business experience in global markets. More information about GBP is available here.

"Go Global to Get Ahead: Hear Practical Advice From Experts Who've Done It"

March 27, 2008

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Roundtable: "How Diasporas Can Affect Development Policy: Transatlantic Perspectives"

May 15, 2008

This roundtable discussion explored key questions regarding diaspora. Questions discussed included: Can the unique cultural, social and political capital that diasporas often possess be leveraged to generate more efficient, targeted, and impactful development policies? What are the impediments and challenges associated with diaspora incorporation into the policymaking process? What different national models exist for diaspora participation in development policy? More information about the panelists is available here.