Doing business in Russia..
The Business Trip is the final experience that students of the MSc in International Business have as a group, right after the presentation of their final MSc thesis and before they begin their full dedication to the internship period.
The MSc in International Business prepares students from diverse backgrounds and nationalities of origin with the analytical skills, domain of the techniques and main competences required for participants to move forward in their professional careers in managerial positions in International Business. After the strictly academic activities, students participate in the Business Trip, a one-week unique international experience in which the group of students perform an important number of visits to a wide array of organizations.
MSc in International Business 2019 class at their visit to Azbuka Vkusa, one of Russia’s 50 largest retailers
During this week students identify and learn about how organizations adapt to the differential business environment, resources, institutional and legal structure, cultural characteristics, and overall climate for doing business of the country of destination whilst strengthening their network of contacts and their ability to interact in a foreign context. The visits are planned much in advance with the collaboration of ACCIO (the Catalan Agency for Competitivity and Internationalization) with the objective to gather as wide a perspective as possible, both in terms of the sectors covered as well as the inner firm’s divisions.
This year, the destination was Moscow. Although in the last decade Russia has experienced a relative slowing down of the local economy, it is an upper-middle income country with an attractive market size and opportunities for foreign trade and investment: a perfect destination to learn of a history of adaptability and transformation. The diversity of visits performed during this year’s Business Trip allowed students of the program to form an idea of the particularities of the Russian business environment in several key sectors.
The agenda of the Business Trip included visiting a vast array of transnational companies based or operating in Moscow. During these visits, students could engage in conversations with their managerial teams, and insightful discussions on the specific international strategies of the companies. The companies visited were ABBYY, Anex Tours and Coral Travel, Chaika clinics, Cisco Systems Russia, Azbuka Vkusa, Unicredit Bank, Detsky Mir, Netcracker Technology and Stelmach Polyus Technology Park.
The group visited the headquarters of Cisco Systems Russia, one of the top worldwide tech companies
The Business Trip enhances the ability of students to adapt to changing environments and to build bridges of dialogue between different ways of understanding the world and, in particular, business organizations, the activities these develop and their relationship with society. In past editions of the business trip took our students to Poland, Turkey, the Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Morocco.