Global Modular Courses

Wharton Global Modular Courses deliver global, experience-based learning to MBA, executive MBA, and undergraduate students. Global Modular Courses (GMCs) are offered in an intensive workshop format over three to seven days in business hubs around the world.

Students understand applicable business opportunities and practice through project- and team-based immersive learning, in a geographic location relevant to the subject matter during school breaks. Each year since 2010, eight to 13 courses are offered in Brazil, China, India, Israel, Italy, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.

GMCs expose students to a unique combination of local immersion, course concepts and emerging business issues. The topics and locations of these give students first-hand exposure to business challenges and opportunities in regions undergoing rapid change — for example, energy and infrastructure in Brazil, global supply chain management in China, and marketing in emerging economies such as India and China. In addition, the GMCs enable students to work across degree programs (undergraduate, full-time MBA and WEMBA) and schools (with students from host institutions). Planning for these courses requires the development of new teaching materials, access to live cases from the region, and the creation of a new, intensive learning format.

Each year about 300 Wharton students — undergraduates, MBAs, and executive MBAS — enroll in these courses. The diversity of the student body coming from Wharton’s programs, which normally don’t have many opportunities to interact with one another on campus, as well as each course’s ties to a local partner university, and the opportunity to bring to the classroom prominent leaders working in these regions, made GMCs extremely dynamic and exciting learning experiences for everyone involved.

Global Modular Course Schedule, 2017-2018

Winter Break 2017-2018

OIDD 892: Technology and Entrepreneurship in India (0.5 cu)

Professor Kartik Hosanagar | Bangalore, India, Local Partner: IIM Bangalore

December 27-30, 2017

MGMT 897: Lessons from Israeli Innovation (0.5 cu)

Professors David Hsu | Tel-Aviv, Israel | Local Partner:  Coller School of Management TAU

December 31 – January 3, 2018

FNCE 897: Finance in Middle East and North Africa (0.5 cu)

Professor Bulent Gultekin | Abu Dhabi & Dubai, United Arab Emirates

January 2- 4, 2018

Spring Break 2018

MGMT 893: Technology, Innovation & Entrepreneurship (0.5 cu)

Professors Rahul Kapoor & Ignacio Pena | Buenos Aires, Argentina

March 5-8, 2018


FNCE 896: Finance in Europe (0.5 cu)

Professors Bulent Gultekin, Joao Gomes & Bilge Yilmaz | London, United Kingdom

March 5-7, 2018

MKTG 893: Marketing in Emerging Economies: Understanding & Marketing to the Chinese Consumer (0.5 cu)

Professor John Zhang | Beijing, China | Local Partner:  Guanghua School of Management, Peking University

March 5-7, 2018

MGMT 897: Sustaining National Competitiveness by Leveraging Capabilities: Japan (0.5 cu)

Professors JohnPaul MacDuffie & Junichi Endo | Tokyo, Japan

March 5-8, 2018

Travel package required

MGMT 897: Design as Competitive Advantage: Portugal & Spain (0.5 cu)

Professors Mauro Guillén & Emilie Feldman | A Coruña & Porto, Spain

March 5-8, 2018

Travel Package Required

HCMG 890: Opportunities and Challenges in Africa: Healthcare and Business in Ethiopia (0.5)

Professors Ezekiel Emanuel & Heather Schofield | Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

March 5-8, 2018

Travel Package Required

Summer (May) 2018

LGST 899: Sustainable Growth in ASEAN: Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia (0.5 cu)

Professors Janice Bellace & Chin Tiong Tan | Singapore, Malaysia, & Indonesia | Local Partner:   Singapore Management University, Singapore

May 16-21, 2018

Travel Package Required

MGMT 897: Conflict, Leadership and Change: Lessons from Rwanda (0.5 cu)

Professors Katherine Klein and Eric Kacou | Kigali, Rwanda

May 19-23, 2018

Travel Package Required

LGST 899: Conducting Business in Emerging Economies: Colombia (0.5 cu)

Professor Phil Nichols | Bogota & Medellin, Colombia

May 21-25, 2018

Travel Package Required

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