Consortia Programs

Consortia Programs

What global challenges face your organization?

Join executives from diverse industries, functions and cultures at Thunderbird’s International Consortia—and discover real, applicable solutions.

What is an international consortium? A unique, semi-custom, members-only learning program. An unprecedented opportunity for your future leaders to tap the minds of global thought leaders in search of solutions for your organization’s most pressing strategic global challenges.

During a consortium:

  • You’ll address business and cultural issues specific to your organization… all while learning from other organizations’ best practices, successes and challenges.
  • You’ll attend the Arizona-based program with colleagues from your organization as you work alongside like groups of individuals from non-competing global companies.
  • You’re guaranteed a high-caliber, in-depth analysis and review of current global business strategies as you work with Thunderbird’s world-renowned faculty and other participants who are carefully selected from their multinational organizations. 

Location & dates

Thunderbird campus | coming this Fall


Planning your trip

Download this helpful document to assist in planning your Thunderbird International Consortia travel.



Overview & curriculum

Unlike other executive education programs, Thunderbird’s International Consortia is offered exclusively to partner organizations. As members, these organizations participate in defining the semi-custom curriculum to ensure their top-tier managers and executives get the most out of the experience. But unlike a custom program designed for a single organization, the Thunderbird International Consortia draw on the real-world global challenges of all participating organizations.

Defined by its “three-dimensional” approach to learning—where participating organizations represent cross-industry, cross-function and cross-culture perspectives—Thunderbird’s International Consortia provides non-competing globally focused organizations with access to a candid, constructive two-week series of courses, providing participants with the opportunity to build relationships, define their global mindset, expand their networks and hone their leadership potential.

Consortia programs address such timely global issues as

  • Succession planning and retention
  • Expansion into new markets
  • New product and service development
  • Profitable growth
  • Defining your organization’s global strategy

These topics are discussed via faculty lecture, case study, simulations and engaging group discussions. The result is a learning environment where challenges are aired, ideas are shared and solutions are discovered—all among non-competitive peers.




Thunderbird’s International Consortia is offered exclusively to attendees from partner organizations. Since 1993, Thunderbird School of Global Management has operated multiple international consortia groups with Global 500, Fortune 500 and S&P 500 companies from a range of industries: automotive, consumer products, energy, technology, manufacturing, pharmaceutical/health care and more.

What executives are saying about Thunderbird International Consortia

“It was great to mix with high-caliber individuals from other industries and companies. Fantastic perspective.” -Executive Director, Construction Industry

“This program was very useful – especially for the future positions I would like to develop into. The sharing of experience through the different cases, the discussion with professors, and the sharing of company cultures between the participating companies is a great and very effective formula for learning. It will provide an advantage once I’m exposed to similar situations in my own company.” - Head of Mergers & Acquisitions, Banking Industry

“I have gained a better understanding of service, finance, strategy planning, and culture in the ever-increasing global business environment.” - Regional Assistant Finance Director, Automotive Industry

“This training was very effective and relevant to my responsibilities. I will be able to use most of what I learned going forward. This has made the most impact and is the most effective training I have ever received.” - Vice President, Associate General Counsel, Consumer Products Industry

Meet the Academic Director

Michael Moffett, Ph.D.
Continental Grain Professorship in Finance and Associate Professor
Thunderbird International Consortia Academic Director



Thunderbird’s world-class, globally diverse faculty members serve as your business coaches during the two-week program. Knowledgeable about the challenges faced by participating companies, they are recognized as global thought leaders because of their real-world business consulting experiences with multinational corporations and non-governmental organizations across the globe; their experience authoring many of the cases you will study; and their knowledge of global best business practices and groundbreaking research.

In addition to Dr. Moffett, faculty members who teach in Thunderbird’s International Consortia program include: