Brazil is the largest national economy in Latin America, and the world's tenth largest, ahead of Russia and India. It is one of the world's leading producers and exporters of food, it has become self-sufficient in energy thanks to the development of ethanol and deep sea drilling and has a sizeable and well-developed consumer market. It is also a stable and peaceful democracy. However, it is a complex economy with large inequalities and systemic deficiencies in infrastructure, education and basic services. After a spurt of healthy and resilient growth in the last decade, the economy has stagnated. The travel component will take place in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro from January 17-23, 2016. The class will meet in New York during the B term on Wednesdays 2:15-3:45pm.
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 2015-2016 Global Immersion Program fee for six night classes is $1800 and provides students with double occupancy lodging, ground transportation and some meals; longer programs, such as the Cuba program, may have an increased fee. 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. Please visit www.gsb.columbia.edu/chazen/students/globalimmersion to learn more about the Global Immersion Program and review all policies of the program.
Senior Lecturer in Discipline in Business
Professor Medini Singh joined Columbia Business School in 2001 as a member of the Decision, Risk, and Operations Division. He teaches a variety of courses in Columbia’s MBA and Executive MBA programs, including the core course in Operations Management and electives in Supply Chain Management, Operations Strategy, and Service Operations Management. He also teaches regularly in executive education programs in...