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International Business & Strategic Foresight

Where business meets the global economic, political and social environment.

YOUR CAREER IN THIS PATHWAY​

Careers in this pathway are diverse, but share a common focus on the “macro” aspects of doing business. 

The global economy and an increasingly interconnected world introduce many uncertainties and dynamics into business management, strategy and decision-making. If global market trends, economics, policy and regulation, and business foresight sound exciting, then you might consider this career pathway for your next steps. 

In partnership with IE’s School of Global & Public Affairs and Law School, we track opportunities for business graduates interested in the intersection where business meets the economic and non-economic environment. Our mission is to help you make a good choice about whether this pathway might be a good fit with your aspirations, strength and goals. Explore the major career areas we've identified for you in this pathway and their transversal applicability.

Strategic Foresight & Global Analysis

Professionals in this area provide the key input for strategic decisions of the international firm - such as direct investment, supply chain policies, market positioning, and risk management. The ability to translate "big picture" changes into actionable strategies often leads to roles in management consultancies or as in-company advisors to senior management.

Business in Emerging Markets

Professionals specialized in Emerging Markets (EM´s) typically combine analytics and business acumen with a degree of cultural and political sensitivity. A higher degree of volatility and uncertainty will often characterize EM´s, but business opportunities are often equally outsized. Key analytical, operational and advisory roles can be found in medium-to-large sized multinationals, in management consultancies, and in international financial companies.

Business for International Development

Whether private or public, for-profit or nonprofit, a general business skillset is essential for the successful implementation in all areas of this field. This involves knowledge of project management, financial planning, and ensuring consistency with contracts, budgets and with the legislative framework. A common thread of successful players in this field is their ability to build relationships with and between stakeholders.

PROGRAMS IN THIS PATHWAY

If you are excited about International Business & Strategic Foresight, we offer several educational options to kick-start or accelerate your career.  

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ARE YOU A SENIOR EXECUTIVE?

PURSUE PURPOSE IN THIS PATHWAY

We invite you to join us in a new movement of business professionals working to forge a new and better world. If you are a very purpose-driven professional and are considering the pathway in International Business & Strategic Foresight to grow your career, there are many opportunities where you could leave your mark, for example:

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Work towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)...

via a business-oriented role in a government agency, NGO or multilateral organization. 

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Build a career in the economics sphere...

driving economic policy in a governmental/public-sector role or analyzing the markets for corporations.

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Conceive, launch and drive projects...

within sector-leading organizations, or start your own venture and disrupt the business landscape.

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