IB Glocal Electives

IB Glocal Electives

The IB Glocal Electives are intensive study abroad programmes led by Imperial College Business School faculty to teach students how to explore contemporary global business problems with a local perspective.

These electives are intended for students who want to enrich their academic curriculum with a stimulating experience, as well as gain a deeper insight into international issues in a particular geographic area.

IB Glocal Electives will allow you to:

  • understand strategic challenges faced by society and cities
  • analyse global problems from a local perspective
  • analyse complex problems, and apply theoretical frameworks and MBA knowledge.

What is glocalisation?

Glocalisation is the practice of conducting business according to both local and global considerations. It emphasises that relocating a theme, product, or service elsewhere has a higher chance of success when it is accommodated to the local culture in which it is introduced.

The concept of glocalisation – that companies developing global strategies also need to have a good understanding of local markets – isn’t new in management theory. However, once again placing ourselves at the forefront of innovative and future-facing business education, we’ve created the IB Glocal elective to expose students to the big challenges faced by international corporations adopting a glocal mentality.

Dr Paolo TaticchiDirector of the Global Online MBA and Global Initiatives

Elective locations in 2019

The Future of Cities – Technology, Sustainability, Planning, Business Opportunities

This module will address the topic of the future of cities in regards to technology, sustainability, planning and business opportunities by focusing on forecasts, experts’ opinions, case studies and industry insights.

The transformation going on in New York City will be used as central case study for the contextualisation of the problems analysed. The module will also leverage local guest speakers from industry and government, as well as site visits.

Digital Opportunites – Insights from the Start-up Nation

This elective considers the characteristics of the digital economy and digital technologies, and how these create both global and local opportunities for entrepreneurs, in the start-up nation of Tel Aviv. As well as considering those industries such as software, telecommunications, music, and other forms of digital content and services that have already seen significant entrepreneurial activity, we also investigate the entrepreneurial opportunities provided by emerging digital technologies such as Internet of Things, blockchain and artificial intelligence.

The module features several guest speakers from industry and the academy, who will leverage the local context to provide rich and meaningful insight into the digital opportunities in Israel as well as providing a global perspective.

Future electives

The location of glocal electives changes every year. Other major cities under consideration are:

  • Hong Kong, HK
  • Shanghai, China
  • Dubai, U.A.E
  • San Francisco, U.S.A

 Please note this elective is not included in your fees and will incur an additional cost. 

Some of the Global Online MBAExecutive MBA and Weekend MBA students who visited New York in June 2018 to learn about smart cities.