Geopolitics and International Commerce: Culture and Spirit

Companies can no longer avoid the impact of geopolitical factors on their international activities. Although essential to business, this does not mean employees must become experts in geopolitics. Training is simply designed to help employees understand the overall stakes and elaborate strategies that improve performance. 


Leaders have to understand the key geopolitical factors in their sphere of activity if they wish to open new markets, adapt their business and develop long term relationships with international partners. Yet understanding the social, political, economic and environmental stakes at play is not the sole responsibility of a company's leader. Employees also have a role to play.

Grenoble Ecole de Management geopolitics training courses provide employees with the methods and knowledge required to understand geopolitics in their context. The goal is to train employees to make decisions based on an awareness of the complex issues underlying international trade. These training courses target:

  • Understanding a company's global strategy
  • Transferring missions and goals to employees
  • Team valorization
  • Employee engagement

Employees acquire the keys to understand the world and a methodology that allows them to transform geopolitical constraints into opportunities. The end result is improved company performance in terms of international risk management and opportunities. Grenoble Ecole de Management educators provide concrete guidance on issues such as:

  • Responding to the consequences of a boycott
  • Preventing kidnappings
  • Anticipating health crises
  • Fighting cybercrime

Focus on the dynamics and development of Africa

Africa is as big as China, Europe, Brazil and the United States combined. With one billion inhabitants, and two billion expected by 2050, the continent's unparalleled growth rates serve to initiate economic development.

From March 16th to 19th, 2016, the various dynamics at play in Africa will be the central theme of the eighth Grenoble Geopolitics Festival. The festival will be led by the presidency of Sylvie Brunel, professor at the Universités Paris-Sorbonne. Seventy conferences will be led by experts on geopolitics and international relations as well as professors, economists and politicians. Among the many conferences, several highlights will include*:

• Three conferences with Sylvie Brunel:

  • "Is Africa off to a good start?" at 6:15 p.m. on Thursday, March 17th
  • "Health in Africa" at 5:40 p.m. on Friday, March 18th
  • "Are African cities sustainable?" at 5:45 p.m. on Saturday, March 19th

• "African women in Sub-Saharan Africa" at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 17th
with Catherine Coquery-Vidrovitch, emeritus professor at Université Paris Diderot

• "Understanding the complex relations between France and Africa" at 1:45 p.m. on Saturday, March 19th
with Philippe Hugon, IRIS Director of Research

• "Security for companies in Africa" at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 17th
with Alain Juillet, President of the CDSE; Olivier Hassid, Director General of the CDSE; and Mathieu Pellerin, researcher at the IFRI

• "Can the Burkinese revolution be exported?" at 6:50 p.m. on Friday, March 18th
with Francis Kpatindé, lecturer at Sciences Po Paris

"The democratic transition in Tunisia" at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 19th
with Yahd Ben Achour, ex-dean of the Tunisian Faculty of Law

*please note that conference times and dates may be subject to change

Contacts
Isabelle Sauret

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