Migration Matters: Implications and Ideas for Teaching in Business Schools

Faculty Development Workshop

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Hosted by The George Washington University Center for International Business Education and Research (GW-CIBER)

With the support of The Georgia State University CIBER

Early-bird registration rate (until May 10, 2018 inclusive): $20

Regular registration rate: $30

  • There are 244 million international migrants in the world - 1 in 30 people on the planet is foreign born.
  • Migrants spend 85% of their earnings on host countries and send back the remaining 15% to countries of origin.
  • Migrants sent home over $600 billion in remittances in 2017 - more than 3 times official development assistance.
  • Many migrants and their descendants (the diaspora) maintain economic, social, and political ties back to their countries of origin that can not only shape their identity but also the types of business activity they create, work for, and partner with; the types of products and services they demand and consume; and the way they invest their human and financial capital.


So why aren't we talking more about migration 

in business school classrooms?

Workshop Objective


The objective of this workshop is to discuss current global migration trends, better acquaint faculty with the local migrant and diaspora business community, and explore ways to better integrate these issues into various courses taught in business schools - including entrepreneurship, finance, human resource management, international business, marketing, strategy and others. The emphasis will be on the importance and role of migrants and diasporans as entrepreneurs, human resource talent, investors, and market segments and discuss how migration can play a role in a company's strategic management and public policy engagement. Our goals are twofold: to expose the faculty audience to "real world" people leveraging the diaspora for their business models and to provide the faculty audience with the curricular tools to teach about this in their own classrooms.  

The workshop will include several speaker panels, keynote addresses, and networking opportunities for faculty to meet people representing or working with diaspora communities.  It will also include time for faculty to learn about and discuss approaches to teaching these issues in business courses.

Workshop Leader


liesl Dr. Liesl Riddle has written extensively about diasporas and development, international entrepreneurship, and trade and investment promotion. Having examined diaspora investment and entrepreneurship for almost 20 years, Dr. Riddle has conducted research among 17 different diaspora communities in the USA and Europe originating from countries of origin in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, and the Middle East. Since 2006, she has led a multidisciplinary research team, the GW Diaspora Capital Investment Project, which generates and disseminates learning about diaspora investment and its role in development to assist private-sector firms, policymakers, diaspora organizations, diaspora entrepreneurs, and researchers.

Dr. Riddle is a founding member and former director of GW’s Diaspora Research Program within GW’s Elliott School for International Affairs and is a faculty advisor for GW’s Center for International Business Education and Research (GW-CIBER) in the area of diaspora investment and entrepreneurship. She is also on the Advisory Board for Homestrings, and online investment platform providing innovative opportunities for diasporans to invest in their countries of origin.

Dr. Riddle has received numerous teaching awards, including the GW School of Business Teaching Excellence Award. She teaches courses at the undergraduate, graduate, and executive levels, including courses on Migration, Identity & International Business; Global Perspectives; International Management; and Managing in Developing Countries. She also is a frequent guest speaker at the U.S. Foreign Service Institute in the Near East North Africa Area Studies Program.

She previously served as Associate Dean for Graduate Programs in the School of Business, where she oversaw fourteen graduate programs, including five MBA and nine specialized master degree programs. She spearheaded the launch of GW’s Digital Community, a suite of online graduate degree programs.

Dr. Riddle holds a BA and MA in Middle Eastern Studies, an MBA in Marketing/International Business, and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to her appointment at GW in 2001, she worked in the field of market research and held the position of the Director of Research for an international market research firm.




8:00 - 8:30am



8:30 - 10:00am

Welcome & Introduction

  • Featuring the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC)


10:00 - 11:15am

Panel of Practitioners I - Marketing, HR, Partnerships

  • Featuring Coca-Cola, Georgia Power, Western Union


11:15 - 11:30am



11:30am - 12:30pm

Overview & Discussion of Curriculum Modules for Marketing, HR, and CSR Classes


12:30 - 2:00pm

Keynotes & Lunch with Representatives of Local Diaspora Organizations 

  • Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs


2:00 - 3:15pm

Panel of Practitioners II - Finance, Entrepreneurship

  • Featuring the Idea Center at Miami Dade Community College, Acer Capital, local diaspora entrepreneurs


3:15 - 3:30pm



3:30 - 4:30pm

Overview & Discussion of Curriculum Modules for Finance and Entrepreneurship Classes


4:30 - 5:30pm 

Putting It All Together: The Diaspora Ecosystem

  • International Organization for Migration 
  • Latino Community Fund, Georgia
  • Invest Atlanta



This workshop is offered as a separate add-on to Georgia State CIBER’s International Business Pedagogy Workshops

Lodging information: Participants in this workshop can use the lodging suggestions and special group rate provided by GSU for the above Pedagogy Workshops. Information can be found here.

A limited number of scholarships exist to cover lodging for out-of-town faculty members from under-resourced schools. To inquire about this opportunity, and if you have any other questions, please email [email protected].

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