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Ghana: International Entrepreneurship and Business Growth Strategies in Developing Countries
Accra, Ghana (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: January Term
Cost Estimate January Term
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 3
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Class Status:
Graduate, Undergraduate Open to non-GW students: No
Sponsoring Department:
International Business
Program Description:

Ghana: International Entrepreneurship and Business Growth Strategies in Developing Countries

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Course DescriptionGhana Boats

Entrepreneurship and growth of the Small and Medium Enterprise Sector are often touted as potential sources of economic development for poor economies worldwide.  At the same time, the institutional realities of developing countries' business environments place major constraints on entrepreneurs' abilities to launch, finance, and grow small businessses, and the harsh realities of the global economic system imposes major challenges for small enterprises wishing to target international markets.  In this course, we will take a deep dive into a single institutional context to gain a tangible understanding of the environment for entrepreneurship and business growth, and we will work, hands-on, to develop a foreign market strategy for some small entrepreneurs.

Course Objectives

This course builds on material from courses such as Global Perspectives (MBA) and Introduction to International Business (undergraduate). At its completion, students should be able to:
  1. Describe the relationship between national institutions, transaction costs, and firms' strategies.
  2. Articulate the activities that organizations can perform to thrive in contexts with weak and missing formal institutions.
  3. Explain how the institutional and financial environments of developing countries such as Ghana, can affect domestic investment and enterprise growth strategies.
  4. Assess firms' capabilities and strategic opportunities to decide whether going international is an imperative, a possibility, or a trap for that particular organization.
  5. Understand the challenges firms face in serving markets at the "bottom of the pyramid."
  6. Describe how a country's culture can affect inter-personal interactions with residents.
  7. Demonstrate an improved ability to display cultural sensitivity in cross-border interactions.



Application Deadline:

October 15, 2012

On Campus Dates:

The class will meet for either two or three sessions prior to the trip (TBD between November 16 and December 14). The class will meet for approximately three sessions after returning from the trip (dates TBD between January 14 and February 3).

Overseas Dates:

January 4, 2013 - January 13, 2013 (tentative but likely)


This course is open to graduate students and highly qualified undergraduate students.


3 credits are awarded for successful completion of this course.

Additional Information

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Information Sessions

Monday, September 24 from 5:30 - 7pm in Funger 320

Thursday, October 4 from 6 - 7:30pm in Funger 620

GW Professor

Professor Jennifer Spencer ( - Department of International Business

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


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

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