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Strategy & Geopolitics: Understanding Global Complexity in a Turbulent World

From a geo-political viewpoint, we are living in a confusing and contradictory time. The world is largely at peace, humanity is enjoying unprecedented prosperity, and globalization has brought the world closer together than at perhaps any moment in its history. 


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Strategy & Geopolitics is conceived as an introduction to the topic and is designed to:

  • Help senior executives wrap their heads around the current situation.
  • Provide a framework for geopolitical analysis specifically designed for business leaders and members of Boards.
  • Give each program participant some insights into the particular issues that may affect their businesses in the short and medium term.


Day One

  • Introduction: Geopolitics for Business Leaders.
  • Economic vulnerabilities in the age of Trump and Xi.
  • Europe stumbles along.
  • North and South America in an awkward embrace.

Day Two

  • China’s re-mergence as a global power.
  • Africa rising: Will it be the next China?
  • The Middle East on the brink of war and peace at the same time.
  • Building resilience business in a turbulent world.

Is This Program Right for You?
Strategy & Geopolitics is targeted at senior executives of companies that are operating in unpredictable and uncertain parts of the world and members of their Boards of Directors.

The highly concentrated, two-day format was chosen to allow such people to carve out sufficient time to gain an understanding of the issues at a fairly high, conceptual level, while at the same time allowing for deep discussion of the implications for their particular business interests.

The course may also be of limited interest to diplomats, security analysts and specialized journalists who routinely deal with the issues raised in the program but do so from a political and social, rather than a business perspective.

Highly dynamic and interactive, the “Strategy & Geopolitics: Understanding Global Complexity in a Turbulent World” program  combines a variety  of teaching methods designed to foster an optimal learning environment. These methods include the case study method, lectures, group discussions and a computer simulation to hone your skills as an agent of change.

The faculty of the “Strategy & Geopolitics: Understanding Global Complexity in a Turbulent World” program is made up of professionals who are involved not only in teaching but in research and the business world. This program’s team comprises:

Mike Rosenberg | IESE Business SchoolMike Rosenberg (academic director)
Assistant Professor of Strategic Management 
Doctor of Philosophy (Management), Cranfield University
Master’s in Business Administration, IESE, University of Navarra
Bachelor of Science in Engineering, University of Michigan
Mike Rosenberg teaches long-term strategy, scenario planning and analysis of business problems at IESE’s MBA, Global Executive MBA and Executive Education programs.
Prof. Rosenberg’s research is concerned with how long-term technological and socio-economic trends affect the business climate and has a particular interest in the potential of alternative energy sources to change the competitive dynamics of a number of industries, including the automotive sector.
Prior to joining the faculty, Prof. Rosenberg worked as a management consultant to the international automotive industry for Heidrick & Struggles, A.T. Kearney and Arthur D. Little.
Pedro Videla | IESE Business SchoolPedro Videla 
Professor of Economics 
PhD in Economics, University of Chicago
MA in Economics, University of Chicago
Ingeniero Comercial (Economía), Universidad Católica de Chile
Prof. Videla’s areas of specialization include macroeconomics, international economies and emerging economies.
As a consultant, Pedro Videla has been involved in projects with institutions such as the World Bank, IMF, EU, the InterAmerican Development Bank, and USAID. He has taught at the Universidad Adolfo Ibánez (Chile), the Roosevelt University (Chicago, USA), and currently teaches economics courses on the MBA program at IESE Business School.

Admission Process
The program has a four-step admission process:

  1. Participants must complete and submit the online application (New York).
  2. The Executive Education Department will contact the participant by email to acknowledge receipt of the application. It will also provide information about the program dates, sending of prior study materials and the bank details needed to pay tuition.
  3. The participant pays tuition (payment must be made before the start of the course and before prior study materials are sent). This is an essential prerequisite for participating in the program.
  4. Three weeks before the start of the program, participants will receive an email with a username giving them access to IESE’s Virtual Campus, where initial study materials will be available.



The program fee is tax-exempt and includes academic materials and lunches. It does not include travel or accommodation expenses.

The program requires preparatory coursework, which will be made available three weeks before the start date. Payment is required in order to access this material.

Spaces are limited and filled in strict order of registration.

Do you know about our corporate agreements and fees for multiple registrations? Feel free to ask us.

Arranging Payment
We accept payments by credit card, check or wire. Checks should be made payable to IESE USA Inc. For more payment information, please reference your invoice.

Payment Deadline
After the initial deposit, the balance of the tuition is due no later than 2 months prior to the start of the program.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations received within 20 days prior to the start of the program are subject to a cancellation fee equivalent to 25% of the program fee. IESE reserves the right to cancel this edition of the program or to change the dates up to 20 days prior to its start. IESE is under no circumstances responsible for travel expenses incurred. Participants should consider travel cancellation coverage in the exceptional event that the program is cancelled or that participants are unable to attend for personal or professional reasons.

Fee Reimbursement
We urge you to explore, and take advantage of, fee reimbursement that some companies offer to their employees. Please contact us if you need assistance coordinating with your company.


April 4-5, 2019


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Kory Kruse
+1 (646) 346 8837
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  • IESE offers you the opportunity of designing a personalized development plan. With the support of an academic adviser, you will ll select at least four focused programs that address your unique interests and learning objectives. Once completed, you will receive the IESE Executive Education Certificate and become elegible to join IESE’s Alumni Association.

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    5% discount on any future focused program.

     Possibility of becoming a member of the Alumni Association, which delivers a broad array of exclusive benefits, ranging from professional support services to access to more than 300 Alumni learning sessions per year. Delivered around the world, sessions are a chance to learn and build your network.

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    Complete at least four focused programs (in English or Spanish).

    Programs must be completed within three years.

    Programs should amount to a minimum of 13 days of learning. You can view the focused programs calendar here for a list of available programs.


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