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 Tuesdays, 4:00-5:30pm. Travel will take place to Havana, from Friday, January 8 through Friday, January 15, 2015. We plan to arrange a charter flight from New York; we expect these flight costs to be approximately $1000 in addition to the program fee.
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 2015-2016 Global Immersion Program fee for one week classes is $1800 and provides students with double occupancy lodging, ground transportation and some meals. 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 www.gsb.columbia.edu/chazen/students/globalimmersion to learn more about the Global Immersion Program and review all policies of the program.
Bruce Kogut is the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Professor of Leadership and Ethics and Director of the Sanford C. Bernstein Center for Leadership and Ethics at Columbia Business School. He teaches the core courses in strategy and in governance and an elective on "The Future of Finance" for the MBAs and EMBA and has taught in executive programs in the US...