MSFS-633 Public-Private Partnerships for Development
Spring for 2006-2007
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This graduate seminar will focus on the increasing role and importance of the creation of viable public private partnerships (PPPs) in international development and global business. The emphasis will be on providing students with broad understanding of partnerships and thus key skills useful in analyzing and evaluating them. We will use case studies to examine a wide range of public-private partnerships, their structure and how they are increasingly important for successful corporate strategies, while at the same time they promote a broader level of involvement with host countries on the part of multinational corporations. We will look at current best practices and the various actors who participate in them. Partnerships will be dissected to gain insight into the motivations of the various actors including: multinational corporations, local businesses, national governments, bilateral and multilateral aid organizations, academic institutions, foundations, international and local NGOs. Significant attention will be given to looking at partnerships from the perspective of global corporations and how these alliances address both business operations and corporate citizenship objectives. The range of development topics for such partnerships will include human rights and anti-corruption, community engagement, environment and natural resource management, energy, trade, supply chain management, information and communication technology (ICT), remittances and financial services. Coverage will be given to partnerships in the key industries impacting development including oil and gas, apparel and footwear, financial services, food and agribusiness and ICT. We will also examine partnerships created for key infrastructure. Special attention will be focused on the evolving role of global business as a good global citizen and development change agent.
The course will be team taught by two international development professionals that have worked with a wide range of donors and companies, in Asia, Africa and Latin America and across all sectors. The course will be conducted in a professional business setting using the work protocols and tools of major consulting firms. It will involve issue-oriented discussion, case studies, team work, oral presentations, written papers, and some guest lecturers.
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Spring '07: Liebl von Schirach P, Ragan R Kristi (file download)
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