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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

Will the US-China Trade War Change Anything?
July 23, 2019
ThunderTalk Panel of Experts on China Trade and Development Agree that China is Playing a Long Game U.S.-China trade talks may have resumed, but a panel of China business experts brought together for...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

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

Maddie Handler teaches about STEM education to children from the International Community School in Amman, Jordan
July 29, 2019
3 Students Accepted Into Prestigious Innovation Lab in Shenzhen, China Three Thunderbird students have been selected out of 8,000 applicants for UNLEASH 2019, the third annual prestigious weeklong...Read more

June 27, 2019
The Thunderbird School of Global Management is the world’s premier global leadership and management school empowering professionals across sectors with global mindsets and skillsets capable of...Read more


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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

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

Sushi, Sake, and a the Art of Being An International Entrepreneur
March 26, 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

Photo related to a Trump-Xi trade deal
July 1, 2019
Hopes aren’t that high that U.S. President Donald Trump’s meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping at the G-20 economic summit in Japan on June 29 will lead to a comprehensive trade deal. For now, the...Read more

Prof. Gamso: Too Soon to Declare USMCA Winners & Losers
October 11, 2018
After a year of negotiations, the United States, Mexico, and Canada have agreed to a trade deal that will replace NAFTA. President Trump hailed the new agreement, creatively named the U.S.-Mexico-...Read more

American Healthcare Companies Expand Globally
June 15, 2018
It’s well-known around the world that despite its many breakthrough technologies and advances in healthcare, the United States lags behind other countries when it comes to coverage, cost, and quality...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

Can Development Aid Reduce International Migration?
October 16, 2018
In response to concerns about immigration, Western governments are increasingly turning to foreign aid as a solution, reasoning that aid addresses root causes, deterring migration by encouraging...Read more

October 10, 2018
Life has its interesting turns and twists, and sometimes gives you a rare chance to pay forward for the generous gifts you have received in the past. This was very apparent to me during the campus...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