There are three factors that make GIM unique: It is open to all programs at Kellogg, so Full-Time, Evening & Weekend and Executive MBA students can collaborate and expand their networks; it provides premier access to business leaders and organizations relevant to the topics being studied through the Kellogg network; and it allows students to pursue a topic that is relevant to their own interests through their group project teams.
GIM begins with a foundation of classroom learning followed by an in-country immersive experience.
- Timing: GIM is offered as a winter elective class for Full-Time, Evening & Weekend and Executive MBA students.
- Major Deliverable: Students work in groups of four to five to design a business plan, research question, industry analysis or business case around a business topic of interest relating to all countries being studied. Past projects have focused on women entrepreneurship in emerging markets, social impact education and fighting energy poverty in East Africa.
*Please note that due to COVID-19 there will still be an in-class portion, but not an in-country portion for GIM in 2021. All plenary meetings will be conducted over Zoom during the in-class portion.
- Timing: Over spring break, all GIM classes will spend up to ten days in-country. All students are expected to arrange their own international flights and meet up with their classes at 9 a.m. on the designated start-date of their itineraries. At the end of the trip, students may either continue traveling or return to Evanston. All students are expected to return in time for their first class of the spring quarter.
- Schedule: In-country time is primarily devoted to business and culture, with free time for the students primarily in the evenings and during the weekends. The class will meet with government officials and business and industry leaders as a group (called “plenary meetings”), while the group project teams will work to set up their own meetings and conduct first-hand research with key stakeholders in the country. Past plenary meetings have taken place with companies such as Boeing China, Off Grid Electric, Gustu and Fab Lab Peru.
Questions? Please contact Christine Dunn to learn more about the 2021 GIM program.