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Global Business Initiative
As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded globally, our operations, specifically the Global Business Experience, were quite impacted due to international travel restrictions and uncertainty. Yet, we adapted and engaged globally while remaining local, and we are proud of how our students faced this new reality. We also are thankful to our clients, who have been flexible enough to continue to engage with us, as major changes have been impacting their organizations as well.

In this edition, we were happy to share our students' Global Business Experience consulting outputs mentioned by client companies, with stories featuring SAP in Germany and Boeing in South Korea. We also feature our students' initiatives, with the Georgetown Retail & Luxury Association joining efforts to support a hospital in Italy and a recent alumnus launching his first book based on his work experience and key classes from his MBA journey.

Stay healthy and stay tuned for updates on how our programs continue to adapt to this changing global environment.

Ricardo Ernst, Ph.D.
Baratta Chair in Global Business
Director, Global Business Initiative
Global Business Experience Leverages D.C. Connections Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Georgetown McDonough hosted a Vietnam residency in early March for a group of Full-time MBA students in Washington, D.C., to take advantage of the university’s location and connections in the city. Many MBA students participated in their trips as scheduled but with the sudden spread of the COVID-19 virus everyone was provided the option to select the D.C.-based, Vietnam-themed residency.

“The D.C.-based experience provided great exposure to interesting organizations and institutions that I would not have otherwise known existed in D.C.,” said John Leatherman (MBA'20), such as IDB Invest, an organization that assesses project and portfolio risk in developing countries.
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Undergraduate Students Deliver Final Presentations to Clients Abroad Via Zoom
Twenty-two undergraduate students were preparing to travel to India over spring break. Two days before their scheduled flight, the trip was cancelled amid growing concerns over COVID-19.

“The COVID-19 situation forced us to suddenly reevaluate some of our solutions,” said Jacob Werden (B'21). "With the massive changes that COVID-19-related disruptions have brought to the business world, we brainstormed opportunities that may arise for the telecommunications industry to cater to this unforeseen rise in demand for virtual working capabilities.”
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MBA Students Provide SAP with Feedback on Artificial Intelligence and Innovation
Last March a group of two MBA student teams consulted for German multinational software corporation SAP on projects related to the role of ethics in the development of artificial intelligence (AI) and how to evaluate investments by SAP into cutting-edge innovation.

“At SAP Innovation Center Network, we have a strong interest in collaborating with international academia,” said Matthias Uflacker, director of Academic Partnerships for SAP Innovation Center Network. “We profit immensely from the new insights and ideas that students from outside SAP bring us.”
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Navy Veteran Colin Miller (MBA'20) to Work at Boston Consulting Group's Dubai Office
Colin Miller (MBA'20), who appeared in Poets & Quants' 2020 Best & Brightest MBAs list, will work as full time consultant at Boston Consulting Group's Dubai Office, where he interned last summer primarily on organizational transformation duties.

"Georgetown provided me the opportunity to enroll in a dual degree program and earn an MBA and a Master’s in Foreign Service. By studying both business and foreign policy, I can combine insights from both programs to inform my perspective on global business challenges."
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Faculty Featured in the News on Effects of COVID-19 in Different Industries
Interview by Jose Guerrero, associate professor of operations and information management, in CNN: "Are more bankruptcies looming for airlines in Latin America?" (en Español)

Op-ed by Jeanine Turner, associate professor, in Fast Company"Virtual communication can be tricky. What happens when every part of your life depends on it?"

Op-ed by Ricardo Ernst, Baratta Chair in Global Business, in The Hill "Supply chain management is a vital weapon in the wa r against the coronavirus."
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Georgetown Retail & Luxury Association Raises Funds to Support Italian Hospital
With the COVID-19 pandemic affecting communities worldwide, the Georgetown Retail & Luxury Association (GRLA) was presented with the opportunity to help those in need through a recent fundraising initiative.  The club decided to raise funds for Papa Giovanni XXIII Hospital, which was founded in 1474 and is located in Bergamo, in the northern region of Italy.

“When the coronavirus outbreak cut our semester short, our club’s planned charity event at McDonough had to be cancelled,” said Francesca Canovi (B’22), head of special projects. “Many of our members had to go back to their home countries. This fundraiser presented an opportunity to help those affected by this global crisis."
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EMBAs Findings on Increasing Female Participation Utilized by Boeing Korea
In 2018 a group of EMBA students worked on a project for Boeing Korea, with the goal to address the need for more women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in South Korea, through Boeing's initiatives. The company opened a new engineering center, Boeing Korea Engineering & Technology Center, in 2019, which incorporated many of the EMBA student team recommendations.

Robert Adams (EMBA'19), Enoch Long (EMBA'19), Shawn Peabody (EMBA'19), Max Palomeque (EMBA'19), Wilnie Petrash (EMBA'19), and Maria Womack (EMBA'19) worked on the consulting project under the guidance of Professor Stanley Nollen.
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MBA Alumnus Launches First Book:
"The Billion Dollar App"

Anuj Mahagan (MBA'20) just launched his first book "The Billion Dollar App," which discusses some of the biggest business lessons from the top mobile apps in the last decade. According to Mahagan: "I had interned at a mobile App company during my MBA as a product manager and realized that there weren't many resources available that could help me prepare for this particular role."

Mahagan also found two classes particularly helpful to write his book. "Eric Koester's MBA Creators class gave me the tools to structure and start the process, and the Design Thinking class by Evelyn Williams helped me understand mobile apps from a human perspective," he said.

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