Free Online Course on Global Business in Practice

The Georgetown University is offering a free online course on Global Business in Practice. This course, applicants will come to explicitly understand that globalization affects every country regardless of its economic, political or social situation.

In this seven-week course, applicants will get an overview of the increasingly complex challenges of global business from the insights, perspectives and experience of Georgetown faculty and senior executives currently working in multinational companies.

Course At A Glance 

Length: 7 weeks
Effort: 2-3 hours pw
Subject: Business Administration
Institution: Georgetown University and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $49
Session: At your own pace

Providers’ Details

Georgetown University, the nation’s oldest Catholic and Jesuit university, is one of the world’s leading academic and research institutions, offering a unique educational experience that prepares the next generation of global citizens to lead and make a difference in the world.

About This Course

Global Business in Practice helps you understand the impact globalization has on global trade and how companies need to react. Business schools are very good at compiling theories; we add value by combining those theories with the practical realities faced by top executives and exploring the management of global business from their perspectives.

Why Take This Course?

Students will understand the horizontal nature of practical problem solving rather than the vertical work and learning that traditionally happens in functional silos.

Learning Outcomes

Students will come away from this course with the foundation knowledge of what it takes to be a “Global Ready Leader” and will be able to use key findings about the workings of globalization to make more informed decisions in a business context. You will be able to:

  • Understand the practical complexities of what globalization is and how it affects the business environment regardless of its economic, political or social situation;
  • Articulate how global challenges are becoming increasingly complex by gaining insights from executives at different multinational corporations;
  • Conceptualize the differences in global business orientations and apply them in specific situations (ie, multinational, global, glocal) using academic frameworks;
  • Explain how regulations and geopolitical forces shape global business environments and create both tensions and opportunities in the context of global business;
  • articulate how the global environment is changing and forcing companies to develop sustainability based on creating economic value by creating societal value;
  • Appreciate how global supply chains are the response to the increasing integration of international markets as firms try to remain competitive.


Ricardo Ernst
Lead Instructor
Georgetown University

Marc Busch
Guest Instructor
Georgetown University

Joseph P. Baratta
Guest Speaker

Maximo J. Blandon
Guest Speaker
Stephens Inc.

Mark G. Del Rosso
President and CEO
Bentley Motors, Inc.

Thomas J. DeRosa
Guest Speaker

Fabrizio Freda
Guest Speaker
Estée Lauder

Franck J. Moison
Guest Speaker

Roxana Pierce
Guest Speaker
Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP

Monica Vidal
Guest Speaker
MVS Global Consulting services

Stephanie von Friedeburg
Guest Speaker
International Finance Corporation

Hilda Ochoa-Brillembourg
Guest Speaker
Strategic Investment Group

Álvaro Fernández Garza
Guest Speaker

Manuel Puig
Guest Speaker



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