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, around 12 courses are offered each year in countries including Argentina, Brazil, China, Colombia, Ethiopia, India, Israel, 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 450 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, 2018-2019
Winter Break 2018-2019
MGMT 897: Lessons from Israeli Innovation (0.5 cu)
MGMT 897: Managing in Emerging Economies: Brazil's Economic Recovery and Corporate Champions (0.5 cu)
Professor Mauro Guillen | Sao Paulo, Brazil
January 6-9, 2019
Spring Break 2019
FNCE 896: Finance in Europe (0.5 cu)
HCMG 890: Opportunities and Challenges in Africa: Healthcare and Business in Ethiopia (0.5)
LGST 898: Conducting Business in Emerging Economies: Colombia (0.5 cu)
Professor Philip Nichols | Bogota and Medellin, Colombia
March 4-7, 2019
MGMT 897: Sustaining National Competitiveness by Leveraging Capabilities: Japan (0.5 cu)
MGMT 897: Competitive Advantage in the Leisure Industry: Portugal & Spain (0.5 cu)
OIDD 899: Global Supply Chain in China (0.5 cu)
Professors Marshall Fisher and Edwin Keh | Hong Kong, Shenzhen, and Shanghai
March 4-9, 2019
Summer (May) 2019
LGST 899: Sustainable Growth in ASEAN: Singapore, Malaysia & Indonesia (0.5 cu)
MGMT 897: Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship in Buenos Aires (0.5 cu)
Professors Rahul Kapoor and Ignacio Pena | Buenos Aires, Argentina
May 27-30, 2019
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
May 27-29, 2019