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FDIB in Emerging & Developing Markets

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

Faculty Development in International Business

June 9-12, 2015

Workshop Overview

The majority of traditional Western business curriculum is founded on theory and research generated in developed countries, where political, economic, legal, and social institutions generally are formalized, well-developed, and stable. But MNCs increasingly are setting their sights on developing and emerging countries for future growth potential, where the institutional context is quite different. In these markets, international institutions play a prominent role, and local institutions are often informal, weakly formalized, in transition—or even non-existent. This workshop is designed to equip international business educators with an in-depth understanding of how institutions shape the strategies that firms employ and the actions that managers take in developing and emerging countries. It explores how weak institutions create particular challenges, such as corruption, political risk, regulatory obstacles, social divisions, and civil strife—and the ways firms and managers can cope with these issues. The workshop also examines how non-governmental organizations (NGOs), social entrepreneurs, diaspora communities, and multilateral organizations are striving to strengthen institutions in these markets and how these new institutional forms affect firms and managers.

Workshop speakers have included representatives from key institutions, such as the World Bank, International Finance Corporation (IFC), the US Agency for International Development (USAID); firms and NGOs operating in developing countries; and international business academics conducting cutting-edge research on institutions in developing and emerging countries. Participants learn about the institutional realities practitioners and policymakers currently are facing in these countries and the latest scholarly research findings in this area. They also acquire hands-on experience with various teaching materials, including cases, videos, and in-class and internet exercises that will help participants better prepare their students for success in developing and emerging markets. All workshop participants receive a package of teaching and research resource materials that could be used in a stand-alone course or as modules in courses across a wide range of disciplines. Materials include articles, cases, videos, in-class and internet exercises, PowerPoint slides, and syllabi.

Who Should Attend

  • Faculty and doctoral students who anticipate or are currently offering a university level course related to emerging and developing markets.
  • Scholars with backgrounds in business, political science, international relations/affairs, and sociology.
  • Academics interested in learning about and obtaining the latest materials on emerging and developing markets.

Past Participants Say:

“The workship was great the way it was conceived and organized. Thanks for a great week of learning and fun!”

“I was fascinated and really inspired by all of the sessions, REALLY! Hard to choose the ‘best’ one.”

“I was impressed with all of the sessions. All were interesting and provocative. Kudos on lining up such a thoughtful group of speakers.”

“Great job! This is one of the most well-organized workshops that I have been to.”


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