MARCH 21–24, 2013 | SINGAPORE
Global Immersion Experience
Developing Leaders for a Complex World
Global Immersions are high-impact learning experiences in cities around the world. During your immersion experience, you will learn new business frameworks from faculty, gain on-the-ground perspectives from global corporate leaders and collaborate with classmates to put your newly gained knowledge into practice. You will also have the opportunity to further develop your leadership potential through one-on-one coaching sessions with MBA@UNC Career Management staff. The Singapore Global Immersion experience allows you to meet many of your professors, business school and university leadership in person.
Immersion Experience Overview
The theme of the Singapore immersion is Dragons, Elephants and Tigers: The (Re-) Growth of the Asian Business Landscape in the 21st Century. During this experience, you will participate in sessions and networking activities that will enhance your understanding of how to succeed in today’s globally connected business environment.
Professor Sridhar Balasubramanian
Professor Sridhar Balasubramanian will host the Singapore Global Immersion. Professor Balasubramanian is associate dean of the full-time MBA program, the Roy & Alice H. Richards Bicentennial Distinguished Scholar and professor of marketing at UNC Kenan-Flagler, and he was recently named “One of the World’s Best B-School Professors” by Poets & Quants.His research and teaching interests are in the areas of marketing and technology strategy, customer focus, innovation and growth strategy, services design and marketing, e-commerce, green and sustainable market strategy, game theory and the management of competition.
Throughout the three days of the immersion, you will explore Singapore’s role in the 21st-century market:
Gain perspective on the economic history of Asia, and explore the pivotal position the region plays in today’s global marketplace. Professor Balasubramanian will discuss how to succeed in emerging markets. He will be joined by corporate executives who will share their personal experiences. Classes and activities include The Asian Landscape: An Economic Overview, Entering and Succeeding in Emerging Markets, and a Corporate/ Entrepreneur Panel. Day One will conclude with dinner and a night safari at the Singapore Zoo.
Consider the promise, peril and trade-offs of outsourcing in a global market. You will spend a portion of the day playing the role of a global executive, which includes making decisions from a global management perspective and working through the repercussions of these decisions. Classes and activities include Strategic Global Decision Making, and dinner at local favorite, Straits Kitchen.
Focus on Singapore’s pivotal role at the epicenter of global economics and trade. A panel of UNC Kenan-Flagler alumni will share their experiences living and working in Singapore. Classes and activities include Promises & Perils of Outsourcing, and Asia at the Crosscurrents of the Global Economy. Your immersion experience will conclude with an alumni panel and town hall meeting.
The immersion will begin with a reception and dinner on Thursday evening. On Friday and Saturday, you will be invited to dinner as well as cultural events.
Singapore Immersion Extension
The Singapore Immersion Extension is an elective course led by Professor Balasubramanian. This course will offer a deeper understanding of the business and government of Singapore as well as a cultural context of doing business in Singapore specifically, and in Asia more generally. You will explore case studies and participate in company visits across Singapore. Prior to the immersion, you will be assigned readings and pre-work, including several synchronous sessions. You will also be required to do a final individual project following the completion of this elective course. The Singapore portion of the course will run from Monday morning through Friday evening, with hotel and meals included for the duration of that time.
Registration for the Singapore immersion follows the same time line and process as your other classes. Withdrawing from the immersion experience after the drop/add period for the quarter will result in a re-booking fee of $500. Students who wish to register for the Singapore Immersion Extension should do so when registering for January quarter courses. There will be a supplemental charge of approximately $4,000 to cover the direct costs of the extension course. Withdrawing from the Singapore Immersion Extension after the drop/add period for the quarter will result in a re-booking fee of $2,000.
To register, please email onlineMBAregistrar@kenan-flagler.unc.edu.