School of Business


Comparative Management Study Seminar in Brazil

August 2015
Emergent Brazil and the Challenges of Sustainability

This 10-13 day management seminar will introduce MBA students to challenges and opportunities for social and economic development in Brazil, emphasizing the cross-sectoral  theme of sustainability, with its focus on economic, social and environmental well-being.

Program participants will meet with representatives from major commercial sectors, with Brazilian business faculty/students, and with BW MBA alumni in Brazil.   Through interactions with representatives of business, government and civil society organizations, we will seek to understand the economic, political, social, and ecological challenges facing one of the globe’s prominent emerging, middle income societies.   Our seminar will include visits to prominent global and local companies, including those in the automotive, energy, and agricultural sectors.  We will also interact with governmental agencies and non-government organizations (NGOs). 

Curitiba ( one of Brazil’s miracle cities and a world center for sustainable practice in its civic and commercial life. We will link first with BW’s long-standing academic partner in Curitiba, FAE  Business School (Faculdade de Administração e Economia ), which will include cultural and social briefings by their faculty, and our time will include cultural activities and free time to explore the richness and diversity of Brazilian society.

Rio de Janeiro  ( the site of both the 2014 World Cup final and the 2016 Olympics, we will study at first hand the preparations Rio is making for the Olympics, its implications for sustainability, and its promise for commercial and social development.  Our hosts will be university and business professionals, including BW MBA alumni and partners.  We will explore Rio’s beaches as well as its businesses.

Academic Credit.  Students can obtain up to 3 academic credits for participation in the study seminar.  This can include credit for three 1-credit topical seminars or credit for BUS 553 (Introduction to Sustainable Business).  Other course options might be available through conversation with BW faculty.

Estimated Cost: Comprehensive trip costs aim to be under $4,000.

Study tour leaders will be Dr. David Krueger, Professor of Business and Director of BW’s Institute for Sustainable Business Practice and Prof. Mac Watson, visiting faculty in International Business at FAE Business School, Curitiba.For more information, please consult Dr. Krueger ( or Prof. Watson (

Tentative dates for the trip are August 13-23, 2015.


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