The Immersion Activities
The Mastery Stage includes three Immersion Activities that require participants to travel overseas to explore the complexities of global businesses, in person and in context. These Activities are outlined below:
GIE Bangalore (4-10 February 2018)
Participants will spend one week in Bangalore, India, visiting local companies and non-profits, interacting with local managers and entrepreneurs, learning from local experts and personally experiencing both the challenges and opportunities of doing business and solving social problems in the dynamic, high-tech and entrepreneurial center of India. Participants will explore the following themes in this immersion:
- Doing business in emerging markets (including "Bottom of the Pyramid");
- Innovation in appropriate technology (primarily focused on "reverse innovation");
- Entrepreneurship (primarily focused on those opportunities with potentially large positive social impact); and
- Solutions to global challenges (including those offered by the non-profit sector).
GIE Silicon Valley (8-14 April 2018)
Participants will spend one week in Silicon Valley, the leading entrepreneurial ecosystem in the world, personally experiencing both the challenges and opportunities of participating in the start-up culture and interacting with key players in the local ecosystem. They will also learn from local experts about the latest developments in technology innovation and the potential that new technology has to not only transform and disrupt business, but also provide solutions to the world's problems. Participants will explore the following themes in this immersion:
- Impact of technology (primarily focused on the impact of digital technology, including AI and robotics, on existing business models);
- Leading innovation in companies;
- Entrepreneurship in the for-profit sector; and
- Solutions to global challenges (primarily focused on technology).
Global Network Week ("GNW") (10-16 June 2018)
GNW gives participants and faculty the opportunity to pursue intensive study at another school offering an executive MBA program in the Global Network of Advanced Management , in a focused week-long course at a location of their choice outside of Japan. This experience will allow participants to leverage the perspectives, programs, and faculty expertise of that school. Alongside experienced managers from elsewhere in the network, participants will attend classes, tour local businesses, and meet with experts focused on current business problems. A key component of the GNW will be a team project that will require participants to collaborate with their counterparts at other schools in virtual teams and on the ground to provide solutions to real world business problems.