• "Leading Complex Projects on the Global Stage"

    What will students gain from this program?

    The Brazil GBE will provide students with the opportunity to dig deeply into the broad cultural and business drivers across this diverse and fascinating country with an eye to understanding leadership and management of complex global projects.

    The goals of this GBE course will be to:

    • Provide a foundational understanding of how to organize, implement and manage projects
    • Expose students to the basic tools and techniques necessary to be an effective project leader
    • Provide a framework for assessing risk and uncertainty in global projects
    • Build an understanding of how value is added to firms and groups through leadership
    • Help students formulate their own model of leadership

    This GBE course develops students' leadership skills, sense of "global-mindedness," and capacity for intellectual humility, integrity and empathy, enabling them to adjust their leadership and operational approaches in order to lead more successfully.

    Academic Program Overview

    The program will take place in Rio de Janeiro and will investigate the economic and social friction facing this region as it strives to build and manage the many complex and interdependent projects, such as the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics.  We plan to meet with civic and corporate leaders and key stakeholders directly involved in a number of complex projects underway in and around Rio.  Issues to be deeply and thoughtfully examined include the potential for providing long term benefits as a way to alleviate the region’s challenges related to rapid population growth, moderate economic growth, environmental and sustainability improvement, and a sustained fight against poverty.

    We plan to visit recently completed and ongoing infrastructure projects and learn from the local, regional and national leaders how they plan to continue to build and manage complex projects aimed at upgrading the significant infrastructure necessary to support the city. As tourism is also a key economic driver of the Rio economy, we will spend time enjoying the beaches, local entertainment, food and culture before returning back to the United States.

    Faculty Lead

    Gerry Starsia


    Arrive: 12 March 2016

    Depart: 19 March 2016