France, Paris

Business and Geopolitics

when 27 June 2016 - 8 July 2016
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 7 ECTS
fee EUR 2370

HEC Paris Summer School: Business and Geopolitics

Recent events in the Middle East, the crisis in the United States and in Europe, and growing tensions in the South China Sea have reminded us of how relevant political and geopolitical risks remain for decision-makers, including those of the private sector. What seemed to be solid assumptions about how the world worked and how stable it was are now continuously challenged by – predictable and unpredictable – events that can unfold very quickly. Perhaps even more crucially, geopolitics is not only a dimension of global risk but also a channel of contagion that can transform a sovereign or a liquidity crisis for instance into a worldwide, systemic failure of the international system.

The real issue lies in drawing operational implications from geopolitical analysis for businesses and decision-makers. Business executives can become easily obsessed with their inboxes, and be tempted to micromanage, isolate issues and be excessively backward-looking in their analyses as a result. In the Business and Geopolitics Summer School Program, participants will explore how geopolitics can help decision-makers broaden horizons and enrich their strategies by integrating in their thinking global political and macroeconomic issues.

Course leader

Jérémy Ghez, Affiliate professor of Economics and International Affairs at HEC Paris Center for Geopolitics

Target group

University students or recent graduates

Course aim

Upon successful completion of the summer program, participants will be able to:

Understand the strategic landscape in which decisions are taken;
Assess business risks and opportunities entailed by geopolitical dynamics;
Monitor changes in the international landscape, including the likelihood of low-probability and high-impact events (black swans);
Integrate geopolitical analysis in the firm’s broader international and risk-mitigation strategies;
Develop a long-term, consistent strategy and vision, beyond mere day-to-day tactics.

Fee info

EUR 2370: Deadline 30th April. Includes;
full tuition
on-campus accommodation
student card
weekend bus transportation during the program from campus to downtown Paris
EUR 4380: For 2 courses

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