Global Initiatives in Management (GIM)

A cornerstone of the Kellogg School's international curriculum is the Global Initiatives in Management (GIM) program. GIM began in 1990 when a group of 27 students organized a course and a two-week trip to what was then the Soviet Union. Since then, the program has expanded greatly, covering five continents and hundreds of international destinations. Today, 250 students participate annually in the program, which offers courses to Kellogg's full-time and evening and weekend programs.

GIM China 2017 at Shanghai Disney

GIM China 2017 at Shanghai Disney

GIM Basics

The GIM program is an intensive global business course, designed with the following objectives that will allow students to:
  • Gain an in-depth understanding of the economic, political, social, and culture characteristics of a country or region outside the United States
  • Learn about key business trends, norms, challenges, and successes in a country or region outside the United States
  • Conduct international business research on a topic of interest
  • Further develop teamwork and leadership skills

The GIM experience is divided into two sections — in-class and in-country.

In-Class Portion

  • Timing: GIM is offered as a Winter elective class for full-time and evening and weekend students that meets 8 out of the 10 weeks during the Winter Quarter in addition to one wrap-up class that meets during the Spring Quarter.

Winter Quarter (Jan. 8 – Mar. 16)
8 classes
  • Academic course focused on broad overview of country or region (or topic within country or region)
GIM Trip (Mar. 19 – 30)
*trip dates vary by class
  • All-class company meetings
  • Group project company meetings
  • Cultural activities
  • Free time
Spring Quarter (April 11 9:00am)
1 class
  • Research presentations
  • Wrap-up discussion

  • Major Deliverable: Students work in groups of 4&nsh;5 to design a business plan, research question, industry analysis, or business case around a business topic of interest (see examples below) relating to all countries being studied.

Examples of GIM 2017 Student Projects
Chollywood (GIM China)
Transportation & Logistics of Beer & Spirits in Frontier Markets
UniqLima — Bringing Global Fashion Brand Uniqlo to Trendy Peruvians
Energy (GIM Social Impact: Rwanda and Kenya)

In-Country Portion

  • Timing: Over spring break, all GIM classes will spend up to ten days in-country. All students are expected to arrange their own international flights and meet up with their classes at 9:00am on the designated start-date of their itineraries. At the end of the trip, students may either continue traveling or return to Evanston. All students are expected to return in time for their first class of the Spring Quarter.
  • Schedule: In-country time is primarily devoted to business and culture, with free time for the students primarily in the evenings and during the weekends. The class will meet with government officials and business and industry leaders as a group (called “plenary meetings”; see examples below), while the group project teams will work to set up their own meetings and conduct first-hand research with key stakeholders in-country.

Examples of GIM 2017 Plenary Sessions
China: Hupan University, Alibaba, Disneyland Shanghai, US Embassy, Boeing, Tencent
Frontier Markets (Myanmar and Vietnam): PMG Myanmar Brewery, Yangon Stock Exchange, Yoma, US Embassy, IMB, IDG Ventures
Middle East: US Embassy, Qatar University, Northwestern Qatar, The Qatar Foundation, College of Islamic Studies/Hamid bin Khalifa University, Al Jazeera HQ, Hikma Pharmaceuticals Co., IrisGuard Inc., DIFC, Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre
Social Impact (Rwanda and Kenya): Zipline, Rwanda Development Board, One Acre Fund, mKopa, Acumen Fund and Sanergy, LivelyHoods, African Coffee Roasters

To learn more about the 2018 GIM program, please click on the tabs to the left. Also, feel free to contact the Global Programs office:

Christine Dunn
GIM Program Manager

Debbie Kraus
Director, Global Study Programs

GIM Social Impact: Nicaragua 2015 at EOS International in Matagalpa

GIM Social Impact: Nicaragua 2015 at EOS International in Matagalpa