Global Matters

Global Matters is a speaker and video series designed to enrich Minnesota professionals’ global business acumen.

Global Matters Speaker Series

The semi-annual speaker series features speakers at the forefront of global business who share their expertise in emerging issues in international business and management. The events also serve as a platform for business, government, media and academic professionals engaged in global business to create and develop a valuable network.

Fall 2014

Redefining Global Strategy

Operating a global business can be complex and challenging, partly because cross border differences are larger than we often assume. Understanding the differences between countries is critical to developing strategies that work better than the usual approach of assuming that what worked at home will also work overseas.  Professor Ghemawat will provide practical management tools that can help businesses derive value from their cross-border operations instead of destroying it!

November 7, 2014
3:30-5 p.m. Lecture
5-6 p.m. Reception
​Carlson School of Management  

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About the speaker

Pankaj Ghemawat is Professor of Global Management and Director of the Center for the Globalization of Education and Management at the NYU Stern, and the Anselmo Rubiralta Professor of Global Strategy at IESE Business School. Between 1983 and 2008, he was on the faculty at the Harvard Business School where, in 1991, he became the youngest person in the school's history to be appointed a full professor.  Ghemawat is also the youngest "guru" included in the guide to the greatest management thinkers of all time published in 2008 by The Economist.  Other recent honors include the McKinsey Award for the best article published in the Harvard Business Review and thProfessor Pankaj Ghemawate Irwin Educator of the Year award from the Academy of Management. 

Ghemawat is a specialist on globalization and strategy and emerging markets as well as having done foundational work on sustainable competitive advantage, competitive dynamics and strategic investment. His latest book World 3.0 (Harvard Business Review Press, 2011) should, according to The Economist, "Be read by anyone who wants to understand the most important economic development of our time." It won the Thinkers50 award for the best business book published in 2010-2011. He is now working on a book on globalization and culture.


Past Events

Global Mindset: What Is It and Why Does It Matter in Business Today? with Dr. Mansour Javidan (Fall 2013)

Leadership Lessons from the Front Lines of Global Business with Shari Ballard, Chief Human Resources Office for Best Buy, Inc. (Spring 2014)


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Global Matters Video Series

The series publishes new content regularly. Click on the videos below to access the full collection. Don't forget to subcribe to this series on Youtube to recieve notice of new content additions.

Mansour Javidan: What are the three dimensions of the global mindset?

Mansour Javidan: What is the global mindset and why is it important?