Albers School of Business and Economics
Center for Global Business

Global Business EDGE Program

  • The Global Business EDGE (Education for Global Executives) program is designed to integrate the curriculum by applying theory to real business problems. Students will apply the principles, concepts, and skills learned in their academic studies to decisions faced by international business managers in real-time and in actual business settings.

    Companies want graduates who have experience, not just theoretical knowledge. The EDGE program helps students understand the growing impact of international competition and how to operate in the global marketplace.

    This program connects graduate students with Northwest companies doing international business. Local companies give teams of MBA students complex project assignments. Comprised of two to three students, these teams spend the ten-week quarter preparing a research and analytical report for client firms summarizing their results. Companies now working with the Global Business program include Costco, Microsoft, PACCAR, Starbucks, Weyerhaeuser, The Boeing Company, and many others.

    Students benefit from the course in the following ways:

    • learning how to apply theory and principles learned in the classroom
    • contact with local business executives
    • intimate knowledge of international business issues
    • expanded horizons in understanding other cultures and ways of doing business
    • professional development career advancement

    The Global Business EDGE program consists of a number of individual programs:

    Pacific Market International (PMI) China Engagement Initiative

    PMI is a Seattle based business with extensive global operations and a record of innovation. It creates high quality beverage and food containers under the Stanley and Aladdin brands. With offices in Shanghai, Manila, and London as well as engineering operations, manufacturing and sales in China, PMI is a market leader in working successfully in China. Additionally, PMI was an early entrant into the China market and a believer and supporter of corporate social responsibility. PMI has been recognized several times by AMCHAM in Shanghai with their award for corporate social responsibility.

    The PMI China Engagement Initiative is designed to increase economic integration and collaboration between the United States and China. Given the significant role of both countries in the world economy, it is critical that both nations have a respectful and mutually beneficial economic relationship.

    The PMI China Engagement Initiative consists of the following programs in the Albers School:

    • China Summer Education Abroad Courses – The Albers School currently offers China Summer Education Abroad programs every other year to business graduate students, primarily during the late summer. The PMI China Engagement Initiative provides two $2,500 scholarships for each summer education abroad program to China.
    • China Scholarship Grants –one student from China pursuing a graduate business degree will be selected annually to attend the Albers School of Business and Economics on the PMI China Engagement Initiative Scholarship. The award is $5,000 a year for two years, approximately one-third of the tuition expense.
    • China Forums/Workshops/Clinics such as the ongoing China CEO Clinics – the PMI China Engagement Initiative helps firms and students learn about the Chinese economy through seminars, forums, workshops, and clinics. The resources and prestige of the PMI China Engagement Initiative aid in attracting experts from industry and the academy and will benefit the entire community by hosting a major speaker each year. The initiative provides resources to host a series of China Clinics, bringing Chinese experts to campus to disseminate knowledge to the community.
    • China Faculty Scholarship Grants – Albers faculty members are eager to pursue important research questions on the Chinese economy and to build connections and establish collaborative partnerships with peers at Chinese universityies. This program supports faculty scholarship that explores the economic integration of China and the U.S. This might include travel to China to study Chinese business and industry, presenting research findings at academic meetings in China, and building collaborative partnerships with peers at Chinese universities.