The course objective is to examine opportunities in India, and to meet with senior executives during a one-week trip to the country. Students work on a group project concerning any aspect of physical or social infrastructure, an area of great opportunity and vital importance in India. Physical infrastructure includes energy, electricity, transportation, construction and housing, roads, and drinking water; social infrastructure includes basic health-care, sanitation and primary education. Preliminary project reports, based on secondary research, are due before the trip to India. Meetings in India will be used to obtain a deeper, first-hand understanding of the related issues. Completed reports and their presentations are due at the end of the first six weeks of the Spring semester. The in country portion will take place in Delhi from January 5 – 10, 2010.
Global Immersion Program classes bridge classroom lessons and business practices in another country. These three credit classes meet for half a term in New York prior to a one week visit to the country of focus where students will meet with business executives and government officials while working on team projects. Upon return from the travel portion of the class, students will have at least one wrap up meeting at Columbia Business School. The 2009-2010 Global Immersion Program fee for all classes is $1800 and provides students with lodging, ground transportation and some meals. It does not cover roundtrip international airfare. Attendance both in New York and in-country and regular participation are a crucial part of the learning experience and as such attendance is mandatory. Students who miss the first class meeting may be removed from the course, and will not have their program fee refunded to them. No program fee refunds will be given after the add/drop period has closed.
Ira Leon Rennert Professor of Business
Rajeev Kohli is a professor in the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University. He has a doctoral degree in Applied Economics and Decision Sciences from the University of Pennsylvania; an MBA from Northern Illinois University; and a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from BITS, Pilani, India. His research interests are in models of consumer preference and choice, techniques for new product development...