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2011 Past Events and Initiatives

"Private Sector's Evolving Role In Meeting Development Challenges"

Nov 18, 2011

The George Washington School of Business (GWSB) and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) invite you to participate in an interactive symposium devoted to understanding how the private sector is addressing development challenges in today's emerging and frontier markets. The goal of the symposium is to discuss obstacles and identify best practices associated with implementing new investment models and designing innovative cross-sector collaborative programs in the developing world. This one-day event will feature speakers from the business and policy communities and will showcase current projects that demonstrate market-based solutions to development issues.

Please RSVP at by November 14th, 2011. You will receive a confirmation by email. Seating is limited!

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International Business Research Forum on Diaspora Entrepreneurship

Oct 15, 2011

12th Annual International Business Research Forum:

Temple CIBER, GW-CIBER, and the Institute of Global Management Studies at the Fox School of Business

Significant scholarly attention in international business has been paid to cross-border movements of financial capital through foreign direct investment, portfolio investment, and international entrepreneurship. The transnational flows of people and the different types of capital that they possess have received lesser attention. Communication and transportation innovations associated with globalization now enable migrants to stay in contact with and visit their countries of origin more easily and cheaply than ever before. This has given rise to the phenomenon of "diasporas," groups of emigrants who leave their countries of origin for a prolonged period of time but still demonstrate a strong link with their migration history and a sense of co-ethnicity with others of a simiar background.

Diaspora investment and entrepreneurship are now recognized as a new frontier in the literature regarding foreign investment and developing countries. This conference will bring together scholars from around the world investigating this growing area of international business research.

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"Global Business Project 2012 Info Session"

Oct 11, 2011

The Global Business Project (GBP) is a graduate-level course offered to graduate students from a consortium of CIBERs at several member universities led by the University of North Carolina. The course has a unique nature in that it provides the students with the opportunity to increase their international business and language skills through guided hands-on experience in markets critical to U.S. competitiveness. Students from different universities are placed into teams which work virtually for seven weeks prior to an intensive two-week consulting project in the host country. For more information click here.

"Why So Much Turmoil in Markets for Currencies and Assets?"

Sep 12, 2011

The turmoil in the markets for currencies and assets in the last forty years is unprecedented. There have been four waves of financial crisis, the first occurred in 1982 and involved Mexico and ten other developing countries. The second wave took place in the early 1990s and engulfed Japan and three of the Nordic countries; most of the banks and many other financial firms in these countries failed. The Asian Financial Crisis was the third in the series, there were only a few countries in which the banks did not fail. And the most recent wave has involved the collapse of real estate markets in the United States, Britain, Ireland, Spain, and Iceland. The turbulence in Greece, Portugal, and other members of the Euro zone is part of the fourth wave. Each of these waves of crisis was preceded by a period of three, four, or more years when the indebtedness of various borrowers increased by twenty to thirty percent a years for three, four, or more years. The growth rates of indebtedness were too high to be sustained. The revenues of the investment banks have surged in the last thirty years, and these firms have largely evolved from underwriting and advisory activities into trading firms. The revenues of the commercial banks from trading have soared. What is the source of the shocks that have led to the volatility of prices of assets and currencies? Are Citibank and Goldman the cause, the beneficiaries, or both the cause and the beneficiaries?

Presented by:

Dr. Robert Aliber
Professor Emeritus of International Economics and Finance, University of Chicago

Dr. Aliber received his Ph.D degree from Yale University, a B.A. and M.A from Cambridge University, and a B.A. from Williams College. He has written extensively about international financial issues, including changes in cross-border capital flows, changes in currency values, and the efficiency of the currency market. Among his many publications are "The New International Money Game," "The Multinational Paradigm," "Manias, Panics, and Crashes," and "Your Money and Your Life."

"Writing Business Cases for Business Language Instruction"

Aug 22-24, 2011

The goal of this workshop is to teach you how to write business cases for your business language classroom. Following an introduction to business cases and their use for teaching business languages, workshop leaders walk you through the process of composing an interview-based case from start to finish -- including selecting and contacting an appropriate company, preparing and doing the interview, and writing up the case. We will also discuss developing tasks, focused on both language and business culture skills, to help students get the most out of their experience with a case. Applicable to all languages; examples will be given in English.

"Causal Inference in International Business: An Introduction to Instrumental Variables and Selection Bias"

Aug 9, 2011

The seminar is delivered by Dr. Meghana Ayyagari, Associate Professor of International Business and International Affairs. Issues of selection bias and endogeneity arise as pervasive challenges in International Business research. This professional development seminar provides an introduction to two approaches designed to address these challenges. First, we will discuss how variations on Heckman's procedure offer a means to correct for selection bias. Next, we will discuss econometric methods to address endogeneity in research design with a focus on instrumental variables to estimate average treatment effects. The seminar presentations and discussion will be conceptual in nature (the focus will not be on programming in any particular statistical package). Participants should be familiar with basic regression models and graduate level econometrics.

"Emerging Markets Forum: The Rise of New Economic Powers and America's Future"

Apr 29, 2011

Specific issues for discussion include: - Is the decline of the West inevitable, or just so much hype? - What does it take for companies to thrive in emerging markets? - How is the innovation landscape evolving? - What is the state of banking and finance in emerging markets? For more information and to register, please visit:

"Business Russian in the 21st Century: A Professional Development Seminar for Russian Instructors and Advanced Students"

Apr 29, 2011

This seminar, led by Richard Robin, GW Associate Professor of Russian & International Affairs and Director of the Russian Language Program, will provide ideas, materials, and motivation for teaching and using Business Russian. Topics to be covered: 1. Business Climate in Russia ? What Can and Can?t Be Done. 2. Russia?s Position in World Business 3. Making Russian Business Talk Accessible to Students 4. Russian Business Culture and Realities Presentations are informal and will involve quite a bit of group discussion. Participants should have spoken Russian at the ILR 1 or ACTFL Intermediate level. There is no registration fee, and breakfast and lunch will be provided. Space is limited! Register now by emailing

"CSR and Governance in Revolutionary Egypt: The Way Forward"

Apr 21, 2011

Egypt's foremost expert on Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Governance discussed the opportunities and challenges facing private sector firms in the new Egypt. Dr. Gamal-Eldin outlined key takeaways from the ECRC Emergency Meeting held on February 23, 2011, that brought together representatives from leading private sector companies, civil society organizations, and the UNDP to discuss the role that the Center can play in facilitating the efforts of businesses seeking to implement effective CSR programs in Egypt under these historical conditions. Dr. Gamal-Eldin discussed the Center?s social priorities over the short and long term with particular attention to the parties affected by the revolution, and shared his vision of Governance and CSR in the new Egypt. For more information, please visit: .

"National District Export Council Leadership Forum 2011"

Apr 11-12, 2011

The forum includes: a Plenary Session to discuss National Policy Positions and a planning session to discuss future conference dates, locations and planning responsibilities. Additional sessions focus on DEC Best Practices in the following areas: Legislative/Congressional Outreach; Incorporation, Bylaws and Fundraising; Export University, the DEC 100 Mentoring Program. The 2011 DEC Leadership Forum is being sponsored by the Centers for International Business Education and Research (CIBER). The 33 CIBERs , located at select universities across the country, serve as regional and national resources to U.S. businesses, students, and teachers at all levels. During the DEC Leadership Forum, attendees have the opportunity to learn more about the CIBER program as well as share best practices for how DECs and CIBERs can work together to improve our nation's international business competitiveness. For more information, please visit:

"Entrepreneurial Education Policy for Economic Development"

Apr 11, 2011

Dr. Paul D. Reynolds, Howard Hoffman Distinguished Research Scholar and Co-Principal for the Panel Study of Entrepreneurial Dynamics (PSED) I and II, was the session?s featured presenter. Dr. Reynolds was part of the team that created the Entrepreneurial Research Consortium (ERC) and has served as the Coordinating Principal Investigator of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor [GEM] program since its inception in 1998 until 2004. Dr. Reynolds has been the principal investigator on more than 24 funded research projects. Dr. Reynolds delivered the keynote presentation, highlighting key research and implications for entrepreneurial education as a driver of global economic development. Panelists included representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), SCORE, and George Washington University School of Business, among others. A key aim of this event is to advance the state of knowledge and policy analysis concerning economic development at the interface of the public and private sectors.

"Human Rights, Development and Economic Growth - Metrics, New Ways of Thinking, and New Strategies"

Apr 07, 2011

This conference, organized by Dr. Susan Aaronson, examined the new metrics of human rights progress, and how scholars, business leaders, and government officials are using them to devise cost-effective approaches to stimulating economic growth while advancing human rights. For more information, please visit:

"World Russian Forum 2011: Towards U.S.-Russia Strategic Alliance through Science & Technology, Polit"

Mar 30, 2011

Dedicated to the 50th Anniversary of the first man in space mission by Russia Cosmonaut Col. Yuri Gagarin. Now entering its 30th year as a Washington, D.C. institution, the World Russia Forum has emerged as the premier annual event to unite the best minds from both the United States and the Russian Federation to discuss the most innovative ideas for U.S.-Russia rapprochement and mutually beneficial cooperation. These are political and business leaders, thinkers and achievers from across the spectrum of recent history excelling in all fields of endeavor. For more information please visit: