How Intercultural Competency Boosts a Career in Global Business

Academics have many terms for it: intercultural agility, intercultural communicative competence, global competence, interactional communicative competence, and intercultural awareness. Whatever we call it, experts in international business education worldwide agree: knowing how to operate and communicate within and across cultures is essential to success in the global marketplace. At the Lauder Institute, we know that…

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Off the Wall Farming: Lauderites Investigate Agriculture 2.0

­“Innovation” has become a buzzword associated with technologies that improve life in the developed world. (Think smartphone apps that reduce the hassle of hailing a cab or picking up dry cleaning.) But one group of MBA/MA degree candidates at the Lauder Institute decided to examine innovation in a space closer to the base of the…

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Recasting Innovation: China and the Changing Face of Global Competition

Gunpowder, papermaking, the waterwheel – these are widely cited examples of Chinese ingenuity. And yet for the past few decades, “Made in China” has brought to mind for many something else: cheap China, the factory to the world, a place for top-notch counterfeit goods. All that is now changing, with important implications for what it…

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Rethinking Global Business Education

The global economy is undergoing a massive rebalancing. The relative power of the world’s regions and currencies will change. Also changing is the Lauder Institute’s approach to international business education. Here is why. Global Trends India and China In the coming decade, emerging economies will be not only the largest manufacturers of goods but also…

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The Estonia Start-up Landscape

Skype, one of the most popular online telephone applications in the world, emerged from the tiny Baltic nation of Estonia. So did Playtech, the world’s largest supplier of online gaming and sports betting software. In fact, Estonia has the most start-ups per capita of any country in the world. How did a former Soviet republic…

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