visit the Peruvian National Congress during the GIM
trip to the South American country.
war to SARS, Kellogg students tackle global challenges along
with GIM trips and research projects
a deadly virus and the start of Middle East strife complicating
travel, this year’s Kellogg School Global
Initiatives in Management (GIM) course proved an opportunity to exercise
leadership and management skills for students and faculty
advisers who set off on the annual academic adventure.
the threat of an Iraq war, as well as mounting fears about
a little-known respiratory illness called SARS (Severe Acute
Respiratory Syndrome), this year’s group of about 220
participants learned a new skill: crisis management while
on the move.
GIM course always requires great coordination from a number
of people,” said Professor Mark Finn, the GIM program
director who led a trip to India. “But this year’s
trips demanded extraordinary effort from Kellogg School faculty,
students and staff to meet the challenges presented by world
School students on a GIM trip to China gather outside
the Shanghai Stock Exchange.
as many as two-thirds of all Kellogg students spend 10 weeks
studying and designing real-world research projects, then
jet off to countries around the globe for two weeks of intensive
project research. Once at their destinations, students meet
with government and business leaders to learn about topics
ranging from socially responsible business practices in Brazil
to entry strategies for multinational firms in China.
year’s GIM participants carried out their international
research agendas, faculty and staff back at Kellogg juggled
information from the U.S. State Department, World Health Organization
and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to evaluate the actual
risk to students traveling abroad.
to Vietnam had to be rerouted after the CDC and State Department
urged U.S. citizens not to travel to Hanoi because of the
SARS outbreak. Similarly, concern over SARS also prevented
a planned stop in Hong Kong for a group of full-time students
visiting China and led to cancellation of an Executive Master’s
Program trip to Shanghai, Hong Kong and Bangkok.
on the rerouted trips didn’t let itinerary changes get
in the way of their research — or experiencing a new
culture. “The trip actually turned out to be much better
than anyone originally expected,” said first-year student
Daniel Garcia, who traveled with the Vietnam and Cambodia
trip. “We experienced greater unity because of the situation.”