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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

Thunderbird’s 2019 CEO Survey — Conclusions and Methodology
October 16, 2019
Why Causes Us To Admire Business Leaders? It may seem indulgent to speak with journalists for the sake of awareness (we wish politicians felt the same). These chores are usually handed off to the PR...Read more

Thunderbird’s 2019 CEO Survey — Nine Most Admired CEO Qualities
October 16, 2019
The most admired leadership qualities are “magic wands” or “halos.” Magic wands bring to mind leaders like Steve Jobs or Elon Musk. The two iconic change-makers seem to be able to point at goals...Read more

October 16, 2019
According to the new Thunderbird survey, tech is cool, but trust is better — and Warren Buffett understands how to do both.Read more

Thunderbird’s 2019 CEO Profile — The Transformation of Warren Buffett
October 16, 2019
Warren Buffett is that rarest of double majors. He is a portfolio maestro whose prognostications make tons of money for a whole lot of people. The results are so good that spending the energy to...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


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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

October 17, 2019
For Sean Kerrigan (‘05), the path to becoming the National Director for World Vision Rwanda has been one of twists, turns, humility, patience, and persistent optimism. He grew up on the edge of the...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

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