International Business Strategy

The horizons within which your leaders operate are expanding daily. Skilled strategic leaders with a global mindset are needed to facilitate collaboration across borders and successfully leverage the opportunities and challenges in your international ventures.

D’Amore-McKim faculty have exceptional depth and breadth in global strategic leadership. Our International Business and Strategy Group is comprised of 26 full-time faculty members, all of whom provide research or expert teaching for global business leadership in established and emerging markets. Our Global Leadership Initiative and our Center for Emerging Markets, comprised of 60 Faculty Fellows from across the University, are the primary resources for our International Business Strategy expertise.

We have worked with multiple clients to develop in their leaders an international orientation, up-to-the-minute global business acumen, and the analytic skills needed to successfully navigate an increasingly interconnected and fast-paced world.

Sample Content

  • Introduction to Globalization
  • The organization of the global economy and how its diverse business, institutional, and cultural factors influence a leader’s global decision-making.
  • Deep analysis of the business environment in markets or countries of specific interest to your company
  • Analyzing and selecting international markets and modes of entry
  • Business-Government relations in emerging economies
  • Managing international sourcing issues; e.g.,offshore software development, managing global R&D and Innovation, outsourcing
  • Globalizing functions such as manufacturing, marketing, human resources, and strategy

Possible Delivery Methods

Modules and methods range from executive briefings to multi-day, cross-functional, immersive “boot camps.” Virtual delivery options are available as well. An increasingly-popular option is to create a customized graduate certificate in International Business Strategy by bundling existing D’Amore-McKim MBA courses and tailoring some of their content to your firm’s specific context. An appropriate Certificate bundle might consist of the following courses:

  • Managing the Global Enterprise
  • International Marketing
  • Global Supply Chain Management
  • Cultural Aspects of International Business

Case Study: Developing General Manager Talent for a New Global Strategy

The Client: A 150 year old industrial / electronics products firm headquartered in Connecticut, with a revised strategy to re-position itself as a competitive global provider.

Business Need: 
The new CEO had instituted a revamped global strategy and required a number of VPs and Senior Directors to quickly develop GM-level mindsets and practices in a competitive global context.


Solution: 
Our faculty designed a highly-tailored program that also leveraged strategic business projects as a way to align these new global peers and identify new opportunities for cross-divisional business.


Of Note: Based on strong evaluations, we designed and delivered a related program for Senior Managers focusing on the skill and knowledge needs of those front-line People Leaders.


Case Study: Enabling Senior Leaders to Get Ahead of Rapid Industry Change

The Client: 
This global telecoms giant ($27 bn in Sales) brought two of its four leader development programs to Northeastern in the fall of 2015.


Business Need: 
Seismic changes in their technologies, competitors, and markets demand new ways of thinking, leading and changing the established culture.


Solution:
 A faculty team chosen from Boston’s major business schools delivered problem-solving sessions on Innovation, Managing Alliances, New Business Platforms, and Leading in Uncertainty. “Discovery Visits” to tour and learn from start-ups and other innovators in Northeastern’s network are a feature.


Of Note: 
November program rating: 5.73 on 6-point scale.