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How Hong Kong’s protests are affecting its economy
August 22, 2019
After nearly three months of unrest, the demonstrations in Hong Kong show no signs of slowing down. What began as opposition to a controversial extradition bill has morphed into a broader movement...Read more

Industry 4.0: Rise of Global Micro-Influencers
August 15, 2019
One core aspect of the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) is the dramatic change in the ways by which people engage with each other – and the ways companies engage with their consumers. Consider, for...Read more

By the Numbers: U.S. & China Trade
August 8, 2019
Effective negotiation starts with the facts. Amid escalating trade tensions between the U.S. and China that threaten to derail global growth, let's consider some key trade metrics.Read more

New Thunderbird degree will take students around the world
August 5, 2019
Executives and entrepreneurs who want to make that giant leap into the global marketplace will now have an opportunity to earn a degree from the Thunderbird School of Global Management that will take...Read more

FX risk expert Wolfgang Koester gives multinationals reason to feel more than lucky
July 2, 2019
True statement: Wolfgang Koester is a lucky, serial entrepreneur. He says so himself. But applying the words “lucky” and “serial entrepreneur” to Koester’s success story and business philosophy...Read more

TBird Kim Williams
June 10, 2019
The incredible professional career of Kim Williams, Warner Bros. Entertainment executive vice president and chief financial officer, is a series of bold, confident steps into the unknown. Life, she...Read more

Architects Start Work on Building Befitting Thunderbird 4.0
September 26, 2019
Construction begins Oct. 7 on new state-of-the-art global headquarters in downtown Phoenix In 2006, Arizona State University completed the first LEED Platinum building in Arizona – Biodesign...Read more

Studying the Fourth IR
August 27, 2019
Picture this: Microscopic robots that can go inside our bodies to fight disease. Thinking machines capable of designing and building other thinking machines. Gene editing to treat inherited medical...Read more

Are Entrepreneurial Governments an Oxymoron?
August 5, 2019
Technology advances faster than knowledge of how best to use it. With a new generation of emerging technologies comes a new responsibility on governments to close this knowledge gap. Fortunately,...Read more


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4 Questions to Help Add Value to Your Organization’s  Benefits & Perks
September 10, 2019
New chairs, dental coverage, bring your pet to work. How one company prioritized workplace wellness and increased employee retentionRead more

Sushi, Sake, and a the Art of Being An International Entrepreneur
May 31, 2019
Around the time Ken Valvur arrived at Thunderbird in 1987, Japan’s economy was the envy of the world. Japan was sitting on the largest cache of wealth ever assembled. The Tokyo Stock Exchange...Read more

What Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Space Exploration
May 9, 2019
In today’s business world, innovation is considered the key to longevity. The idea of venturing into the unknown to explore new frontiers – whether that means seeking out new markets or new product...Read more

Does partnering with the World Bank shield investors from political risks in less developed countries?
September 24, 2019
Foreign investment can be a risky business at the best of times. When an organization engages in global business, it does so in order to look for new opportunities but it also opens itself to...Read more

Balancing Brand and Reputation in an Ever-Changing World
July 16, 2019
“Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything. #JustDoIt” With that nine-word tweet, sent on Labor Day afternoon in 2018, Nike and Colin Kaepernick kicked off a campaign that would...Read more

Together with Habitat for Humanity Indonesia, Thunderbird Dean Dr. Sanjeev Khagram and Indonesia Alumni built two decent houses for families in need.
September 16, 2019
Habitat’s Susanto Samsudin turned a career in global business into a life doing good It’s not uncommon for a Habitat for Humanity project to be supported by a group of volunteers from an alumni...Read more

Micronesian Seaweed Farm is Fertile Ground  for Solomon Frank’s Humanitarian Goals
August 1, 2019
Ask Solomon Frank about his typical workday after launching a start-up on a small tropical isle and he will talk about rolling out of a hammock for a day that includes fishing and swimming. Fishing...Read more

Project Dreamcatcher
May 24, 2019
Lydelle Davies is a member of the Navajo nation and a recent graduate of Project DreamCatcher, a one-week business training program for Native American women funded by Freeport-McMoRan and...Read more

To Give or Not to Give: The Office Gift Season
December 10, 2018
A recent survey found that 41 percent of employees say that the number one holiday gift they want from their boss this year is a holiday bonus. However, 46 percent say that holiday bonuses are not...Read more

Gifts not gaffes
November 26, 2018
They say with gifts it's the thought that counts. That's not always the case with cross-cultural gift giving. The wrong gift could send a very wrong message. For most business leaders, the ROI of...Read more

Why is Generation Z so depressed?
October 22, 2018
A leading moral psychologist traces the political anger and anxiety of Generation Z to well meaning — but hyper — parenting. Read more