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Students meet in Hong Kong for a session of the International Growth Lab, which partners students from Kellogg, the ESADE School of Business in Barcelona and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

International Growth Lab

Kellogg launches International Growth Lab

Program pioneers unique global learning opportunity for Kellogg, ESADE and HKUST students

By Dustin J. Seibert

4/13/2015 - Kellogg has launched a unique global experiential learning opportunity this spring called International Growth Lab. This course partners Kellogg MBA candidates with students from ESADE Business & Law School in Barcelona and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology to develop market-based growth strategies for international organizations.

This three-month program allows students to apply their management skills and experience to a practical, real-world growth challenge facing an international business; deepen their understanding of international markets, business practices and cultural norms; and learn about managing diverse teams across countries and time zones.

Teams of four to six students from each school will not only videoconference, but also travel to work with each other at their respective home schools, honing their cross-cultural interaction skills. By the end of International Growth Lab, students will have had the opportunity to deliver their final strategy recommendations to clients.

Kellogg offers the widest array of global learning opportunities that expose students to real world, real-time business management. And the International Growth Lab will be a "very worldly, hands-on experience,” says Harold Sirkin, an adjunct professor and strategy as well as senior partner and managing director at The Boston Consulting Group in Chicago.

“They’ll be real consultants doing a real consulting project making real recommendations to clients,” says Sirkin.