1. The Global Context

United Nations Geneva_6The Global Context, sets out the political, economic and legal environment within which the multilateral organizations operate. Students will also gain insight into the moral, ethical and social realities facing international managers, who must understand the legal environment, encourage ethical behaviour, analyse lobbying strategies, and weigh difficult trade-offs in the real world.

 

Modules in this section include:

1. Practice of International Relations
The growing intensity, and velocity of global interactions requires new approaches to studying the practice of international relations. This course combines theory and case study practice to make sense of an increasingly complex global actor and issue landscape. The course is based on highly interactive and participatory group learning and puts an emphasis on presentation and discussion skills.

Dr. Sebastian Buckup, World Economic Forum and Dr. Stephan Mergenthaler, World Economic Forum

2. Governance and Management Challenges in the UN System
The course provides a conceptual framework and an empirical basis for examining governance and management practices in the UN system. The course focuses both on the specific characteristics of intergovernmental decision making and on the practical aspects of management. The method of work will focus on group work and case studies.  

Dr. Bruce Jenks, Columbia University

3. Business & Society
After an introduction to the roles and drivers of society’s different stakeholders, the business case for engaging in society is discussed. The course’s core focus lies on the different ways in which companies can and do engage socially, and how they can benefit society and the environment. The course then provides insights and practical learning on engagement measurement, company ratings and non-financial reporting, the manifold forms of collaboration between the UN system and business, as well as on the business of climate change.

Prof. Judith Schrempf-Stirling, GSEM, University of Geneva

4. International Law and its Effects on IOs and NGOs
This course focuses on the effects that international law has on the creation and functioning of international intergovernmental organizations. It deals with how IOs operate in this system of law, as well as with their influence on the legal aspect of international relations. The emerging role of NGOs and their impact on intergovernmental organizations is also considered.

Dr. Drazen Petrovic, International Labour Office

5. Leadership and Strategic Change in the UN system
The course provides a conceptual framework for understanding the concept of leadership in the UN System. It analyses the practice of leadership by successive Secretaries General and explores the experience with different leadership models. The course examines current and past efforts at reform in the UN.

Dr. Bruce Jenks, Columbia University

6. Cross Sector Partnerships
Cross-sector partnerships are increasingly becoming mainstream in areas where societal actors detect own boundaries, sense efficiency gains through collaboration, or recognize opportunities behind interdependencies. This course explains the global evolution of partnerships and the manifold types that emerged, it zooms-in on the management of partnerships, and provides guidelines as to when partnerships can and should be utilized. At the heart of the course, study-groups together with the actual partnership managers critically study, analyze, and compare a suite of globally successful partnerships.

Dr. Valérie Federico-Weinzierl, Humboldt-Viadrina School of Governance and University of Geneva

7. Leadership and Management in NPOs
This course module complements academic work on non-profit organizations (NPOs). It aims at providing students with a practical understanding of how international NPOs are set up, governed, led and managed based on some defining factors such as their mission, guiding principles, history and stakeholders, as well as the environment they are operating in. It will walk students through some of the key features of leadership and management of NPOs, both in terms of management frameworks and of leadership and management practices.  

Susanna Swann, Deputy Director General, Médecins Sans Frontières Switzerland

8. International Trade
coming soon

Prof. Mathieu Couttenier, University of Geneva

9. Doing Business in Emerging Markets
To gain an understanding of the strategic and management challenges that firms are confronted with in the new global competition marked by the increasing participation of emerging economies and particularly the BRIC’s (Brazil, Russia, India, China.). Emerging markets offer opportunities because of their growth and the rapid expansion of a middle class. At the same time, new competitors native from those countries are expanding their presence, not only in their home markets, but also in the international arena. In this course we will try to characterize the specific features of those emerging countries and players, pinpointing their similarities and differences. We will then deal with strategic and managerial issues that are generic with particular applicability in one specific country. 

Prof. Marc Laperrouzza, EPFL, University of Lausanne