International Business Summer Programs

Business & The State In London

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 week-long London program explores Great Britain’s 50-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 the great meeting hall



Program Calendar

  • Friday June 2, June 16 and July 14, 2023 - 6:10 p.m. - 9:05 p.m.
    GW Foggy Bottom campus and online
  • June 24 - July 1, 2023
    Travel to London (one week)

Optional Drop-in Info Sessions

  • Tuesday, January 24, 2023, 5:15 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
    Virtual. Registration required. Register here.
  • Wednesday, January 25, 2023, 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Funger Hall, Room 420
    2201 G St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20052


Three or six credits (students can take on-campus or study abroad courses separately or together).

  • IBUS 6297/PPPA 6077 (study abroad) - 3 credits
  • IBUS 6202/PPPA 6085 (Companion on-campus course, Business & the State: Privatization, Nationalization, and Public-Private Partnerships)| 3 Credits, Thursdays at 6:10pm, Summer 10-week term (normal course registration)
Exterior photo of British Parliament


Additional Information

Designed for graduate students in business, public policy, public administration, government contracting and international affairs. Fulfills MSIB Capstone 1 requirement.


Check out former students’ perspectives on the program through the following blogs:


Prof. Robert Weiner
[email protected]
Funger Hall, Ste. 401
2201 G St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20052

Business & The State 2017