International Business Summer Programs

Business & The State: Privatization & Public-Private Partnerships

Business & the State examines relationships between business and the state, focusing on privatization and public-private partnerships, a major political and economic issue for many countries.

The courses will look at political as well as economic considerations, using cases drawn from a variety of industries including defense/security, financial services, energy, healthcare and telecoms, and examine impacts on firms, consumers, and workers in terms of management, employment, access, reliability, price, quality, and distributional equity.

The program includes a one-week trip to London to explore Britain’s 35-year experience with analysis and transfer of state assets to private ownership, and extensive use of public-private partnerships.  The itinerary includes visits with academics, policy analysts, and business leaders to gain insight into current assessment of privatization as a policy in the UK. We will discuss the lessons learned from the UK Parliamentary System, and explore the implications of the UK experience for policies in other countries.  Our itinerary includes trips out of London and cultural activities.


Students and facilitators in a great meeting hall.



Application Deadline

Students must apply no later than February 4, 2018.

Apply to the Program





Program Calendar

  • May 24 to July 26, 2018
    • Thursdays, 6:10-9:05 PM, GW campus
  • June 30 – July 7, 2018, Travel to London (one week)

Academics • 6 Credits

  • IBUS 6202/PPPA 6077 • 3 credits
  • IBUS 6297/PPPA 6085 • 3 credits = 6 credits

Exterior photo of British Parliament



Additional Information

Designed for graduate students in business, public policy, public administration, government contracting, and international affairs.



Drop-In Info Sessions

  • Thursday, January 25, 2018 • 5:30 to 7:00 PM
    Duques Hall, Room 254
    2201 G St. NW, Washington, DC 20052
  • Wednesday, January 31, 2018 • 5:00 to 6:00 PM
    School of Media & Public Affairs, Room 603
    805 21st St NW, Washington, DC 20052

Business & The State

Recorded Information Session, 2017