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Strategic Management in the EU (MBAD 6286.60 & SMPP 6297.61)
Paris, France (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Cost Estimate Summer
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 3
Language(s) of Instruction:
Other Eligibility Requirements:
Significant academic coursework in the proposed field(s) of study
Class Status:
Open to non-GW students: Yes
Sponsoring Department:
Strategic Management and Public Policy
Level of Immersion:
Short Term Abroad
Program Sponsor:
GW Sponsored
Program Description:

Strategic Management in the European Union

Is this program for me?

Paris Strategic management involves designing competitive business and corporate strategies that fit the firm's external environment, then making managerial decisions to carry out these strategies. This program will develop your skills in diagnosing external opportunities and challenges, and formulating strategies to take advantage of external forces and firm capabilities. The special section MBAD 6286 and SMPP 6297 will focus on the unique challenges of managing corporate strategy in the harmonizing EU markets. The program will have five weeks of coursework on the GW campus followed by an intensive week-long international experience in Paris, France. Particular emphasis will be placed on strategies of US and EU MNC's in the European Union. Previous corporate visits and speakers included among others IBM, GE, EADS (Airbus), Nokia Siemens, Moet Chandon, AXA, Microsoft, Euronext, L'Oreal, Starbucks, Marriott, Thales, Korn Ferry, Citibank, Credit Lyonnaise, and Lucent. 


Students may take this course for 4.5 credits (MBAD 6286 & SMPP 6297) or for 3 credits (SMPP 6297).


This program is designed for advanced graduate students, particularly MBA students who have finished their MBA core courses and are ready to enroll in MBAD 6286, the MBA capstone course.  Others may contact the faculty member for permission depending on their background and experience. 

Additional Course Information

View 2011 Syllabus Paris Study Abroad syllabus for MBAD 6286 and SMPP 6297 summer 2011.pdf

Check out some photos from a previous trip! GW MBAs in Paris.pdf

CalendarCook France

Application Deadline:

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 

On Campus Dates

Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:30 - 9:00pm*
May 18 to June 17, 2015

*The last 3 on campus meetings will be from 6:30 - 10:30pm.

Overseas Dates

 June 21, 2014 - June 26, 2015

GW Professor

Professor Joel Cook (, Associate Professor of Strategic Management

Information Sessions


Cost Estimate

Click HERE for cost estimate.

Other Helpful Links

Cancellation Policy for Short-Term Abroad
Eligibility & Payment (GWSB Graduate)
Health Insurance for Short-Term Abroad
Non-Participant Accompaniment
Pre-Departure, Health & Safety Orientation for Short -Term Abroad
Withdrawal & Refund Policy (GWSB Graduate)


This program is administered by Global & Experiential Education in The George Washington University School of Business.

Feel free to contact us at 202.994.1212 or with your questions.



What did you get out of this program?
This program was designed to learn not just about Paris but about all of the member states in the European Union. Prior to leaving for the trip, we had about 5 weeks of courses where we researched specific companies that we met with in Paris, and we also researched the different countries (ie, Sweden Italy, Spain and Greece) that are members of the European Union. The work leading up to the trip provided a rich context for our experiences while in Paris.

In addition, Professor Cook, who has extensively traveled to Paris, provided a level of detail in planning the site visits and cultural trips. This is what truly sets its apart from other study abroad programs.
     — Karima Woods, Summer 2010
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