London Finance

London Financial Markets
Spring Break 2018
Professors Christopher Argyrople and Bill Johnson

London is one of the world’s leading financial centers. Over 500 banks have offices in London and it is home to the headquarters of many banking and insurance institutions. This course will include visits to brokerage houses; investment, corporate and retail banks; asset and wealth managers; private bankers; hedge funds; financial boutiques, and specialized finance.

What to Expect

  • Understand the role of financial markets in the economy
  • Examine the impact of the global financial crisis on UK financial markets and institutions
  • Run a trade simulation
  • Discuss current financial issues with executives
*Prerequisites: MBA 650 & 1 other FIN elective or a background in finance
*The London Finance seminar is the only seminar approved as an MSF Elective. Any other travel seminar requires MSF Academic Program Director approval.

Seminar Fee

TBA 

California

Silicon Valley
Spring Break 2018
Professor Jodi Detjen

Experience the energy and innovation of the hottest technology location globally in Silicon Valley California.  Visit start-ups and some of the top technology companies. Enjoy the California sunshine in March.

What to Expect

  • Identify how Silicon Valley’s approach to venture capital has enabled fast growth
  • Build a working knowledge of how proximity, the economic environment, and clusters impact innovation and funding
  • Determine how Boston competes and how it could become even more competitive
  • Participate in live-case studies allowing for an intense interactive learning experience

Seminar Fee

TBA 

*Effective fall 2016: the seminar fee does not apply to MBA students required to take MBA 740. 

Please note MSF students require Academic Program Director approval to participate in any seminar other than London Finance. 

Brazil

Business in Brazil
Sao Paulo & Rio de Janeiro
Spring Break 2018
Professor Carlos Rufin

Brazil is the largest economy in Latin America, one of the 10 largest economies in the world and one of the world’s four major emerging economies. In recent years, Brazil has enjoyed high rates of economic growth combined with unprecedented political and economic stability and reductions in inequality, all of which is leading to rapid expansion of the middle class, high flows of foreign investment and positive publicity abroad.  At the same time Brazil struggles with unequal income distribution, high levels of corruption, poor infrastructure, major environmental protection challenges and low-quality public services despite high taxes.

What to Expect

  • Understand the complexity of the dynamic market, its unique culture and opportunities and pitfalls it presents
  • Examine how European colonization and the plantation system left a profound impact on Brazil’s economy, society and institutions.
  •  Look at successful businesses in Brazil, from small entrepreneurial companies to multinational corporations and different business activities from marketing to supply chain management.
  • Study the social dimensions in Brazil and the different challenges it creates 
  • Visit with experts in the local economy
  • Visit historical and cultural landmarks such as Christ the Redeemer, cable car to Sugar Loaf, Sao Paulo & Rio de Janeiro city tours

Seminar Fee

TBA 

*Effective fall 2016: the seminar fee does not apply to MBA students required to take MBA 740. 

Please note MSF students require Academic Program Director approval to participate in any seminar other than London Finance. 

 

China

Shanghai & Beijing
May 5-12, 2018
Professor Jane Zhu

If you want to be successful in global business, you need to be successful in China. That’s because China is arguably the most important market in the world today. It is the largest market in terms of size, the third largest in terms of economic strength, and the fastest growing, with rates at over 9% annually for the past 10 years. China is the engine of growth for many MNCs and considered the future in terms of growth opportunities.

What to Expect

  • Examine China’s dynamic economy and its competitive advantages
  • Understand the development of the economy, leading companies and industries, social, cultural and historical influence on business practices and decisions
  • Analyze the transition from a centrally planned economy to a market oriented economy
  • Interact with management executives through site visits to major domestic and global corporations and agencies
  • Visit cultural and historical sites, including the Great Wall of China

Seminar Fee

TBA 

*Effective fall 2016: the seminar fee does not apply to MBA students required to take MBA 740. 

Please note MSF students require Academic Program Director approval to participate in any seminar other than London Finance. 

Germany

Munich & Berlin
May 5-12, 2018
Professor Michael Behnam

Experience business in Germany, Europe’s largest economy, by touring two of the world’s capitals of commerce: Munich and Berlin. As the world’s largest exporter of goods, Germany is home to many globally known and technologically advanced multinational corporations.

What to Expect

  • Experience German management culture and gain insight into business practiced on a global scale
  • Discuss case studies, developed by Professor Behnam in partnership with the host executives, allowing for an intense, interactive learning experience.
  • Develop a working knowledge of the state and development of the economy, global participation, social, cultural, and political influences.

Seminar Fee

TBA 

*Effective fall 2016: the seminar fee does not apply to MBA students required to take MBA 740. 

Please note MSF students require Academic Program Director approval to participate in any seminar other than London Finance. 

London Healthcare

Healthcare in London 
Professors Rick Gregg and Amy Macnulty
May 5-12, 2018

England has a nationalized healthcare system and is a global leader in many aspects of care delivery, efficiency, and equity. Yet, it is also undergoing major changes to further improve performance and promote healthy lives, while controlling costs on tighter budgets.

With this Travel Seminar, you'll study the English healthcare system and explore ways to improve the U.S. system.

  • Learn about government ownership of healthcare delivery organizations, near-universal insurance coverage, and allocation of resources
  • Examine reform efforts that address healthcare quality, safety, and cost
  • Visit healthcare-delivery organizations and meet healthcare providers, policy makers, and managers in London
  • Get an inside look at leadership and organizational change issues in healthcare
  • Understand how the English healthcare system compares to the U.S. healthcare system
  • Visit historic and cultural sites in London

*The London Healthcare Seminar is restricted to MHA, MBA/Health, MBA with a healthcare administration concentration or MPA Students. All other students require MHA Academic Program Director approval.

 

 

Seminar Fee

TBA