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Center for Global Business and Political Economy

The Center for Global Business and Political Economy was created to advance understanding of the interdependency of business and the global political economy, and to help people learn how to do business in diverse environments around the world. The Center supports research as well as innovative curriculum development and delivery.

Current research projects include behavior in multinational teams as well as case studies on doing business in Argentina, Egypt, and Sri Lanka.

Recently published international cases in collaboration with INSEAD:

  • El Castillo: The Eco-Fairy Castle
    Describes a small family-run hotel — the only ecotourism facility in Argentina. Topics covered: Country and business risk, family business, crafting business strategy to local conditions, and the hotel industry.

  • Environmental Quality International in SIWA
    Describes a private Egyptian firm investing in sustainable development in the Siwa oasis, near the Egyptian-Libyan border. Topics covered: development, sustainability, modernization, culture and tradition, country/project assessment and risk, crafting strategy to local conditions.

  • MAS Holdings: Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility in the Apparel Industry
    Describes a family-owned manufacturer of women's apparel in Sri Lanka. Topics covered: family business, corporate social responsibility as a strategic tool in global competition, leadership, manufacturing strategy, development of corporate capabilities, global politics of the textile industry.

  • The Triangle: Business, Markets and Politics
    Provides an overview on the global context of business. The three corners of the triangle are the business, the markets and politics.

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