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The Future of Globalization: Managing Threats and Opportunities in a Post-Pandemic, Populist World

The Future of Globalization: Managing Threats and Opportunities in a Post-Pandemic, Populist World

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The Future of Globalization: Managing Threats and Opportunities in a Post-Pandemic, Populist World


PLEASE NOTE: This program is currently being taught as a live online class. See agenda below for schedule.

Over the past half-century, globalization has fostered an increasingly interconnected world. International trade and multinational corporations now play more than twice as large a role in the world economy as they did just a few decades ago. In 2019 alone, there was nearly $25 trillion in goods and services traded and more than $1.5 trillion in global corporate capital invested. Meanwhile, as we have entered the digital age, international data flows have skyrocketed, creating yet another means of enhancing global interconnectivity.

However, despite staggering advances along various dimensions, globalization is under threat. Present threats stem from populist/nationalist movements the world over; geo-political tensions between the world’s economic and military powers; concerns about job loss, social and economic inequalities, and environmental degradation; technological changes that could shift supply chains from foreign markets back to domestic markets; and the lingering effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the desire or the perceived need to engage in global exchange.

Combining lecture, discussion, and individual and group exercises, this short course addresses the prospects for globalization. Participants will learn about the past, present, and future of globalization, while developing the ability to strategically navigate a rapidly changing global landscape. Additionally, participants will focus on specific skills needed to manage globalization, especially given its likely trends. Participants will learn a variety of analytical frameworks related to globalization and apply the frameworks to future globalization challenges.

Certificates and Credits

Upon completion of this course, participants will receive a Certificate of Achievement.

Program Takeaways

During this course, participants will:

  • Globalization Definition and Frameworks

    Gain an understanding of what globalization means and how to think about globalization in a broader context (i.e., its impact on you, on your work, on the world)
  • Globalization Statistics and Trends

    Develop an appreciation for the past, present, and future of globalization, with an emphasis on separating fact from fiction
  • Globalization Management

    Learn about, and apply, an analytical framework to manage globalization’s challenges and opportunities

Who Should Attend

Although there are no formal education or background requirements, this course is designed for executives who meet the criteria below. While we strongly encourage global participation, please note that all courses are taught in English. Proficiency in written and spoken English is required.

  • Years of Experience

    Designed for professionals with 5+ years of work experience
  • Job Functions

    Ideal for executives working at companies impacted by globalization, individuals whose careers are influenced by global trends, or those who just want a better understanding of the global environment
  • Prerequisites

    Intended for individuals who want to better understand the past, present and future of globalization; no specific training required


The following agenda is a sample and subject to change.

This agenda has been modified for live online instruction.

9:00 - 10:00 am ET: Session 1: Globalization at the Micro Level

  • Definitions and frameworks
  • Assessing your own personal globalization
  • Comparing individual levels of globalization to the average level of globalization

10:00 - 10:15 am ET: Break

10:15 - 11:45 am ET: Session 2: Globalization at the Macro Level

  • Pre-program survey debrief
  • Globalization: Separating fact from fiction
  • The past, present, and future of globalization
  • Threats to the globalization paradigm: Populism/nationalism, geo-political tensions, technological change, Covid-19

11:45 am - 12:00 pm ET: Break

12:00 - 12:30 pm ET: Session 3: Managing Globalization

  • Globalization and institutional environments
  • Managing cultural, political, and economic complexities associated with globalization
  • Summary and key takeaways

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