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 Greater China 2016 in Tiananmen Square.
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:
- 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. 2 - Mar. 10)
- Academic course focused on broad overview of country or region (or topic within country or region)
|GIM Trip (Mar. 14 - 23) *trip dates vary by class
- All-class company meetings
- Group project company meetings
- Cultural activities
- Free time
|Spring Quarter (April 5 9:00am)
- Research presentations
- Wrap-up discussion
- Major Deliverable: Students work in groups of four - five 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 2016 Student Projects
|Hot Havana Club Nights: Bringing Cuban Rum to the United States
|India’s Big IT Disruption: Cloud Computing
|Burberry: Becoming Luxury’s Digital Leader in China and Japan
|Northern Rangeland Tanzania Initiative: Sustainable Cattle Ranching Pilot
- 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 2016 Plenary Sessions
|Greater China: Boeing China; Baidu; Next Animation; Capital Group; Next Digital
|Japan/Korea: Luxury Brand Management: Disney, Shanghai; Tencent; Hermes; Matsuya
|India: US Embassy and Defense Attaché; Hero Honda; Medanta; Glaxo; Goldman Sachs; Northern Trust
|Social Impact: Tanzania and Kenya: Off-Grid Electric; Opportunity International; One Acre Fund; Acumen Fund
|The Business of Renewable Energy: Great Britain, the Czech Republic, and Germany: Energy Environment and Resource Governance; Engie; US Embassy in Prague; Czech Ambassador to the United States; Power Exchange Central Europe; Konrad Adenauer Stiftung; Regionalzentrum Standort Neuenhagen Transmission Control Center
|Branding the Nation: Colombia and Cuba: Juan Valdez; Former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe; McKinsey Colombia; Minister of Tourism, Colombia; Financial Times, Andes Desk; Ecopetrol; Sofitel Hotel: Santa Clara; National Association of Economists, Vice President Hugo Pons
To learn more about the 2016 GIM program, please click on the tabs to the left. Also, feel free to contact the Global Programs office:
GIM Program Manager
Director, Global Study Programs
GIM Luxury Brand Management: Japan and China 2016 at Hermes