It’s becoming increasingly apparent that to succeed in corporate America, you may have to go outside the U.S.
Let’s look at the stats. At the end of 2005, the Bureau of Economic Analysis compiled data showing that one in five Americans were employed by a multinational company. And as globalization continues, more U.S. citizens will be employed by companies with an international workforce. This means that the climb up the corporate ladder now has a stronger multilingual and cross-cultural dynamic than before.
International executive training programs focus on creating solutions that provide insights on accommodating the values, corporate practices, and strategies that typify the modern multinational company. These companies may be headquartered in Houston with manufacturing based in China and tech support in India all the while dealing with suppliers and customers from countries all over Europe and North America. Business basics rarely change, but the savvy executive is one with an eye for understanding the differing contexts under which business is done from country to country.
There’s some help from the government side. The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (www.ustda.gov) is designed to promote commerce between U.S. companies and middle-income countries. The International Trade Administration (www.trade.gov/mas) looks to increase U.S. exports by supporting manufacturers and service providers.
The schools featured in this list are only a sampling of schools that offer open enrollment programs. Other schools create customized programs for their corporate clients.
|School: INSEAD, France|
Program: Corporate Financial Strategy in Global Markets
Description: This course caters to experienced and recent finance executives who Cost: want to sharpen or update their skills.
Cost: €11,350, or US $16,821
Dates: April 22, 2008 to May 2, 2008
Contact: Europe Campus: +33 (0)160724527School: ESADE, Spain
Program: Managing Collaboration between Latin American Civil Society Organizations and Companies
Description: This three-day seminar is designed to enable industry and NGO leaders to partner effectively to simultaneously realize economic and industrial growth for the company while tackling the social challenges facing Latin American countries.
Cost: 600, or US $963
Dates: February 14 to 16, 2008 in Madrid, other dates and locations available
Contact: Madrid Campus, Mateo Inurria, 27-25, 28036 Madrid-EspaÒa, Phone: (91) 359 77 14, Fax:+34 91 703 00 62, Email: exedMAD@esade.edu, Web: http://exed.esade.edu
School: Indian Institute of Management, India
School: Asian Institute of Management