|Faculty lead||Bennet Zelner|
|Destination||Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa|
|Dates abroad||January 11 (arrive Johannesburg) - January 20 (depart Cape Town), 2017|
|Dates on campus||Sunday, December 4, 2016, Time TBA
Sunday, March 5, 2017, Time TBA
|Eligibility||Open to 2nd and 3rd year full-time and part-time MBA students. No application required to register for AY 16-17.|
|Estimated Costs||Fall 2016: 1 credit of tuition + $2500 program feeProgram fee covers shared accommodation, in-country ground transportation, some group meals, business visits, applied learning component, and cultural activities for the abroad portion of the program.
Spring 2017: 3 credits of tuition + Education Abroad Fee ($250) + Mandatory International Health Insurance Fee ($39, estimated)
Not included: international airfare, visa processing if applicable, most meals, personal expenses.
|Add/drop deadlines||Final course drop date is Friday, September 9, 2016.|
|Credit structure||1 credit earned during Fall semester + 3 credits earned during Spring semester. Total credits earned = 4 credits.|
South Africa has one of Africa’s largest and most developed economies. Yet in 2016, the country achieved a mediocre ranking of 73rd in the world—between Botswana and Tunisia—on the World Bank’s “Doing Business” index, which provides objective measures of business regulations in 189 economies. We will focus on the economic, political, and social institutions that shape the South African business environment and the design or adaptation of firms’ business models to fit with this environment. The class will have a consulting orientation, as reflected in the assignments. The field component of the class will take place in Cape Town, South Africa.
Applied learning component
Student teams will undertake consulting projects for firms located in South Africa.
Skills and knowledge gained
In addition to learning about the South African business environment, students will develop the broader ability to analyze the business environment of a given country and assess the implications for doing business there. The primary tool that we will use for this purpose is the CAGE framework.
Johannesburg: Visit the township of Soweto, see the Hector Peterson memorial and walk down Vilakazi Street where Nelson Mandela once lived.
Cape Town: Start the tour at District Six and admire the views from Table Mountain.
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