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Global Immersion: Is Cuba the Next Transition Economy?

Fall 2014 MBA Course

B8719-002: Global Immersion: Is Cuba the Next Transition Economy?

W - B Term, 04:00PM to 05:30PM
Location: URI 307

Instructor: Bruce Kogut

This course is designed to bridge analytics with imagination
in thinking about the possible futures of a country with a rich past and
promising future.  Cuba has many possible futures.  The past decades
provides the lesson that transition is difficult because business and politics
are deeply intertwined.  However, we have learned a few things about
transition.  The course positions post-revolutionary Cuba in the current
of the legacy of transition and also of the South and Central American development
experiences to generate alternative scenarios.  To answer two questions:
What might the future of Cuba look like? What recommendations do we have?
Please note that due to the special academic license we will travel under,
there are strict scheduling and policies that this class must adhere to. This
class will meet during the B-term on Wednesdays, 4:00-5:30pm with one meeting
after spring break on Friday, January 30 where students will present their
final deliverables. Travel will take place to Havana, from Saturday, January
17 through Saturday, January 24, 2015.
We will arrange for a charter
flight to Havana; we expect these flight costs to be approximately $1000 in
addition to the program fee. Students will be responsible for booking their own
flights to and from the charter departure location, but please do not book any
flights until details are confirmed.

About the Global
Immersion Program

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
2014-2015 Global Immersion Program fee for most classes is $1800 and provides
students with double occupancy lodging, ground transportation and some meals;
longer programs, such as the Patagonia program may have an increased fee. It does
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. Cuba is the only class which
includes airfare, and will have an additional fee to cover that, as flights
must be arranged by charter. 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. Please
visit the Chazen
Institute website
to learn more about the Global Immersion Program.