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 part-time programs.

Kellogg students during 2012 GIM
GIM Latin America 2013 Plenary Meeting with Brasil Foods

GIM Basics

The GIM program is an intensive global business course, designed around the following objectives:

GIM allows 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 an elective in both winter and summer quarters. Classes meet for 8 out of the 10 weeks during the respective quarter and 1 time in the following quarter for students to share and receive feedback on their research findings.
  • 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 2013 Student Projects

    Beyond Beds---Fulfilling the Promise of Brazil: Analysis of the Brazilian Hospitality Sector in the run up to the '14 FIFA World Cup and ‘16 Olympic Games

    Emergent Female Entrepreneurs: Bridging Tradition and Modernity in the Middle East

    Mobile Gaming as Response to Industry Dynamics in Korea and Japan

    Expansion of Multinational Food & Beverage Companies into China

In-Country Portion:

  • Timing: Over spring break, all GIM classes will spend up to twelve days in-country. All GIM trips will depart at some point on Sunday, March 16th. Therefore, all GIM students must finish their early exams on Saturday, March 15th.
  • Planning: The planning for the in-country experience is primarily done by the GIM student leaders, under the supervision of the GIM advisor.
  • 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 2013 Plenary Sessions

    Brazil: Embraer, Sao Paulo; Brasil Foods (BRF), Sao Paulo; Tarpon Investimentos S.A., Sao Paulo; Natura, Sao Paulo; MV Vale, Rio de Janeiro

    China: Coca-Cola, Shanghai; Baidu, Inc., Beijing; New Hope Group, Chengdu; Amazon, Beijing; Huawei, Shanghai; Shanghai Futures Exchange

    Japan-Korea: McKinsey & Company, Seoul; Hyundai Motors, Seoul; Samsung Group, Seoul; Toyota, Tokyo; Fast Retailing Co., Ltd., Tokyo

    Middle East: Hidd Power Company, Bahrain; Prudential Real Estate, Abu Dhabi; ADIA (Abu Dhabi Investment Authority); Masdar City, Abu Dhabi; Dubai World


    To learn more about the 2014 GIM program, please click on the tabs to the left. Also, feel free to contact the Global Programs office:

    Christine Dunn
    GIM Program Coordinator
    Debbie Kraus
    Associate Director, Global Study Programs

    Kellogg students during 2012 GIM
    GIM China 2012 Plenary Meeting with Intel