Analyzing global business challenges is a fundamental part of the Penn State Smeal Executive MBA experience. Students gain a global perspective on a range of critical business issues, from corporate governance in India to management practices in China and sustainability challenges in South America. This integrated global business content throughout the curriculum culminates with a global immersion that takes place towards the end of the second year of the program.
Executive MBA students collectively choose the destination for the trip, with an eye towards countries with developing economies. Global immersion provides a glimpse into the culture, practices, challenges, and opportunities of living and working globally as students visit businesses and connect with government officials and executives from across disciplines and industries. Businesses include local and multinational firms as well as for and non-profit organizations.
Among the destinations that have been chosen are Brazil, the Czech Republic, Chile, Peru, South Africa, China, Ireland, Turkey, India, Japan and Singapore.