The Middle East a Year Later: Business as Usual?

International Arena Speaker Series — The Middle East a Year Later: Business as Usual?

So, what’s changed in the Middle East and what hasn’t? What’s the outlook for businesses? Join us!

When: Monday, Feb. 13, 2012, noon (those attending are welcome to bring a brown-bag lunch), Borelli Classroom, Raether Hall

Why: Spring 2011 was tumultuous for Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Yemen, and Bahrain. While these countries did not experience true revolutions in the traditional sense, the activities were revolutionary in several ways, such as the involvement of young people, the use of social media, and the recurring theme of women’s issues.

What has changed and what hasn’t? This talk will cover some of the fundamental political repercussions, and it will also explore the future of business in the region. Will political change lead to economic reform and global integration?

Dartmouth Associate Professor of Government Dirk Vandewalle

Who: Diederik “Dirk” Vandewalle, Dartmouth Associate Professor of Government; at Tuck he teaches the mini-elective course Doing Business in the Arab Gulf States

Background: Professor Vandewalle specializes in the politics and the economics of North Africa and the Middle East. Over the past year he has also served as political advisor to United Nations Special Advisor Ian Martin, who is coordinating the U.N.’s post-conflict planning for Libya. He is the author of A History of Modern Libya (Cambridge University Press, second edition 2012).

CIB logoCo-sponsored by the Center for International Business and Tuck News Hour.

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Africa Highlight Week at Tuck

The CIB is always excited when students join together and propose an event that is relevant and compelling. In the spring of 2011, a group of Tuck students interested in Africa made their case for some programming featuring this dynamic continent. Consider these statistics: Over the past decade, Africa’s real GDP (across nations and sectors) grew by 4.7% a year, on average — twice the pace of its growth in the 1980s and 1990s. By 2009, Africa’s collective GDP of $1.6 trillion was roughly equal to Brazil’s or Russia’s.  In fact, in the recent global recession, Africa and Asia (with the exception of Japan) were the only 2 continents that experienced growth.

So, with Tuck students at the helm of helping to coordinate this event, the Center for International Business and the Tuck Africa Club will present Africa Highlight Week February 20-23, 2012.

This series of three events will explore some of the reasons why there is still hesitation when it comes to investing in Africa, in spite of the growth potential that appears to be on the African horizon. Our panelists and speakers will provide valuable insights into some of the business risks, discuss the balance between profits and social responsibility, and talk frankly about their personal experiences on the continent. Africa Highlight Week programs are free and open to the public. No registration is necessary.

Join us!

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2011 in Review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,600 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 60 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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In the Field with the Tuck Global Consultancy

The Tuck Global Consultancy teams are now well into the overseas portion of their projects. The TGC, now in its 15th year, is an elective course called “Field Study in International Business” for which students receive credit. As the name would suggest, it’s real-world consulting experience for Tuck second-year students. The clients, located all over the world, expect and receive the same quality results and recommendations as they would get from a large international consulting firm. Over the TGC’s history, Tuck students have worked in 51 countries for more than 100 clients.

Students in Dubai for TGC in 2007.

Currently, there are about 60 second-year Tuck students working in seven countries for nine clients. All the project teams have an advisor that travels with them. The field work is actually the second phase of a three-part process that takes place over the course of 13-15 weeks. The first phase involves background research and conference calls with the client to define and outline the project goals. Students then travel to do on-site field research for three weeks, including meeting with the local client, conducting interviews, and collecting data. The third phase back on the Tuck campus involves finishing the research and analysis, and presenting the final recommendations to the client and Tuck faculty.

Tuck TGC teams are working now for clients in Australia, Belgium, China, Czech Republic, Jordan, Peru, and Switzerland. Some of the industries represented by this year’s TGC clients include: brewing, professional cycling, luxury goods retailing, non-profit management, sustainable development, pharma, metal fabrication, and auto distribution. Continue reading

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Dean Danos on the new European Advisory Board

[The following message was sent recently to the Tuck Community.]

I was in Europe last week [week of November 14] along with a number of Tuck administrators to launch our European Advisory Board.

Sunday and Monday involved an accreditation review of ESSEC, a Grande Ecole in Paris, as part of its accreditation renewal.  On Tuesday night we held a reception for 45 or so alumni, prospective students, and other friends of Tuck at the Automobile Club in Paris featuring remarks on the global economy by Professor Andy Bernard who is Director of Tuck’s Center for International Business.

The Dean of the Tuck School of Business with the new European Advisory Board at their first meeting in Zurich on Nov. 17, 2011.

On Thursday at the headquarters of Swarovski outside of Zurich, we had the inaugural meeting of our European Advisory Board with members attending from across Europe. Comprised of eighteen highly-accomplished alumni living and working in Europe, the Board’s mission is to provide advice and perspective on Tuck’s strategy for Europe. The Board heard briefings on admissions, career development, global education at Tuck, executive education, public relations, and the activities of the centers for international business and digital strategies. They engaged in a lively discussion and offered numerous ideas on how to enhance Tuck’s European strategy for recruiting  the best students, opening up additional job opportunities, expanding options for European-focused student projects and courses, and continuing to build our brand image in Europe.

That evening, the board joined other European alumni for a dinner with comments from Professor Andy Bernard speaking about how the basic principles covered in the Global Economics for Managers core course give insights into the current financial crises.

We are very encouraged by this new advisory board and we are planning to add boards in Asia and Latin America in the years ahead.

Have a great holiday season.

Paul Danos, Dean

Tuck School of Business

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