At a research university such as UCLA, a highly effective means of increasing the global content of courses is through support of global research for faculty and students. Advancing the global research and course development efforts of UCLA Anderson faculty and students is core to the Center for Global Management's mission. Research grants, academic conferences, a global management specialization curriculum and support of applied management research (AMR) projects are central to this. To strengthen student engagement in the intellectual life of the school and faculty, the Center also provides funding to support MBA students to serve as research assistants to work with faculty on global research projects, case studies and course development.

  • MBA Students Field Study Research
    • The Applied Management Research (AMR) program is the field study requirement of the full-time MBA program and serves as the capstone course for second-year students. The Center for Global Management supports projects that focus on global social entrepreneurship and microfinance to broaden student awareness of issues facing entrepreneurial development within emerging markets. View video: "Microfinance Showing New Potential in Emerging Markets" >>

      Research grants are awarded to student teams based on project scope, depth of research and research methodology. Since 2006, approximately 50 global pro-social projects across Latin America, Asia, Africa and Oceania have been supported with more than $250,000 of funding benefitting around 250 students.

      The Center provides research funding to enable students to conduct primary research, an integral component of the AMR project, which usually supports a primary research field visit where teams travel in-country to conduct market surveys, interview key stakeholders including potential borrowers, local banking regulators, policymakers and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and conduct focus groups to understand the needs and demographics of customers.

      The Center is also a proud sponsor of the annual Chicago Booth and Zell Center Microfinance Conference and is a member of the Global Business School Network

      For individuals and organizations interested in working with a team of students for a field study project, or sponsoring a project, please contact Chelsea Lucio in the AMR office. 

      Timetable for Students

      For a complete schedule for fall/winter and winter/spring teams, please visit the AMR website. For students interested in applying for Center funding, a presentation must be made once the team's research plan is prepared for submission to the AMR office.  Please contact Lucy Allard for more information.

      2012-2013 Teams 

      During the 2012-13 academic year, of the total 77 teams completing an AMR project or BCO (business creation option), 17 had an international research component. The CGM provided funding to seven teams to carry out primary research for projects in Uganda, Tanzania, Liberia, Peru, India and the Philippines. Other student teams traveled to China and Suriname and researched topics such as Hepatitis B awareness and sustainable water programs. 


      Assessing the Feasibility of Launching
      a Micro-Investment Product in India. 
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      Analyzing the Global Health Market in
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      Analyzing the Potential of the Industrial Logging Sector and Alternative Forest
      Uses in Liberia.
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      Agricultural Technology and Financing Assessment in Peru. 
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      Labor Market Analysis and Review of Student Loan Demand and Assessment Process in the Philippines.
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      2011-2012 Teams (Click to expand)

      During the 2011-2012 academic year, the center sponsored six teams who carried out research projects in China, Peru, Brazil, and the South Pacific island nations of Kiribati and Vanuatu. Two AMR teams worked with a client organization that is a network of microfinance organizations working in Fiji, Samoa and Tonga, in the South Pacific. It is dedicated to eradicating poverty by empowering women in poor rural villages with the opportunity to start, grow and maintain sustainable, income generating micro-enterprises. One team prepared a market entry strategy for the organization to enter Kiribati, and another team analyzed whether the client organization should enter the microfinance market in Vanuatu or acquire an existing microfinance institution. 

      AMR Team - Brazil

       AMR Team - China

      AMR Team Kiribati

      AMR Team - Peru

      AMR Team Vanuatu

  • Faculty Global Research
    • The Center for Global Management provides seed funding for UCLA Anderson faculty to support global research and course development that address topics related to global management and economic issues, international relations or issues of global/regional cooperation. Proposals with an applied focus are preferred, though theoretical proposals with a strong global focus are also considered. Development of case studies or other pedagogical materials is encouraged, and the CGM especially welcomes interdisciplinary proposals. Funding decisions are made by the directors of the CGM, in consultation with the Global Research and Teaching Advisory Committee. Support usually includes international research travel funding, conference attendance and research assistant support. MBA research assistants are encouraged.

      2012-2013 Global Research Grant Awardees (Click to expand)

      Paola Giuliano, Assistant Professor, and Romain Wacziarg, Professor, Global Economics and Management: "Biofuels, Food Prices, and the Health of Babies - Focus Mexico"
      Mark Garmaise, Associate Professor, Finance: "Financial Ecosystems of Banks and Firms -Focus Peru"
      Leonardo Bursztyn, Assistant Professor, Global Economics and Management; Florian Ederer, Assistant Professor, Strategy; and Noam Yuchtman, Assistant Professor, Business and Public Policy, Hass School of Business, UC Berkeley: "Productivity and Prejudice - Based on Nationality"
      Henry Friedman, Assistant Professor, Accounting: "How Political, Institutional, and Cultural Factors Affect Capital Markets and Managerial Decisions" Nico Voigtlaender, Assistant Professor, Global Economics and Management, and Vasco Carvalho, Assistant Professor, Universitat Pompeu Farba, Barcelona"The Rise of General Purpose Technologies"
      Charles Corbett, Professor, and Felipe Caro, Associate Professor, Decisions Operations and Technology Management: "Carbon Footprinting in Global Supply Chains"
      Jason Snyder, Assistant Professor, Strategy: "The African Slave Trade and the Present Day Business Environment"
      Christian Dippel, Assistant Professor, Global Economics and Management: "The Effects of a Large Stock to Civic and Political Leadership"
      Sebastian Edwards, Professor, Global Economics and Management: "Is Tanzania a Success Story? A Long Term Analysis"
      Uday Karmarkar, Professor, Decisions Operations and Technology Management, and Vandana Mangal, Executive Director, Easton Research Technology Leadership Program and Research Director, Business and Information Technologies (BIT): "BIT Global Research Project: The Adoption, Implementation and Diffusion of New Information Technologies by Firms.

      2010-2012 Global Research Grant Awardees (Click to expand)

      In recent years, as part of the UCLA CIBER grant, faculty and doctoral research grants have successfully promoted interest in international research on the part of both UCLA Anderson and UCLA faculty and doctoral students. Funding typically supported international research travel, conference attendance and research assistants. Over $85,000 in faculty seed, assistant faculty development and doctoral grants were awarded as part of the UCLA CIBER grant during 2010-2012.


      Paola Giuiliano, UCLA Anderson School of Management, Global Economics and Management Area
      Miriam Golden, UCLA Department of Political Science
      Noah Goldstein, UCLA Anderson School of Management, Management and Organizations Area
      Keyvan Kashkooli, UCLA Anderson School of Management, Management and Organizations Area
      Peter Katona, UCLA Geffen School of Medicine
      Kumar Rajaram, UCLA Anderson School of Management, Decisions, Operations and Technology Management Area
      Richard Roll, UCLA Anderson School of Management, Finance Area and Kuntara Pukthuanthong, San Diego State University
      Michael Ross, UCLA Department of Political Science
      Nico Voigtlaender, UCLA Anderson School of Management, Global Economics and Management Area
      Shi Zhang, UCLA Anderson School of Management, Marketing Area
      Magali Delmas, UCLA Institute of the Environment
      Reza Ahmadi, UCLA Anderson School of Management, Decisions, Operations and Technology Management Area

      Doctoral Students 

      Joshua Eisenman, UCLA Department of Political Science
      Kyle Herkenhoff, UCLA Department of Economics
      Mitsuru Igami, UCLA Anderson School of Management, Global Economics and Management Area
      Tom Narins, UCLA Department of Geography
      Meher Varma, UCLA Department of Anthropology

  • Academic and Research Conferences
    • Can the U.S. Be Competitive in a Globalized World?

      In addition to partnering with UCLA Anderson student organizations, the CGM also collaborates with other areas at UCLA Anderson on conferences that have a global focus.

      Across the globe, countries have been trying to dig out of recession and slow growth with  export-oriented policies but not every country can achieve this goal, as some have to be more import-dependent. In recent decades, the U.S. has run large trade deficits and, to correct this imbalance, has to have larger net exports - but can this be achieved in a globalized world? The Center for Global Management sponsored the UCLA Anderson Forecast March 2013 Economic Outlook: "Can the U.S. Be Competitive in a Globalized World?" which addressed issues surrounding this question.  

      The event was held in Korn Convocation Hall on March 13 and attracted around 200 business and governmental leaders, faculty and students. Keynote addresses were provided by Mickey Kantor, former secretary of commerce and trade representative; and Sebastian Edwards, Henry Ford II Chair in International Management and faculty director of the CGM, who talked about global currency issues.The keynotes were followed by discussions on productivity, skills and human capital and an executive panel that addressed the overarching theme of the conference, moderated by Jerry Nickelsburg, senior economist of the UCLA Anderson Forecast, and featured Ricardo Bernardes, executive vice president, California Steel Industries; Peter Matheson, economic counselor to the Embassy of the U.K.; Carlos Valderrama, senior vice president, global initiatives, Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce; and Dov Charney, CEO and president of American Apparel (pictured above).    


      How Long is the Shadow of History: The Long Term Persistence of Economic Outcomes

      An academic conference, How Long is the Shadow of History: The Long Term Persistence of Economic Outcomes, was held at UCLA Anderson on May 18-19, 2012. The conference was co-sponsored by UCLA Anderson's Center for Global Management and co-organized by Professor Romain Wacziarg (pictured here). It brought to UCLA Anderson over 50 top scholars from internationally renowned institutions, including UCLA, Harvard, Stanford, NYU, Brown, Chicago and Berkeley, to discuss emerging research evaluating the long-run sources of variation in economic performance across countries. Taking a long view, this research seeks to understand economic development by going back far in history - even as far as the Neolithic period - to understand the geographic and cultural factors that facilitate or impede the growth of emerging market economies. The conference program, including links to the papers that were presented, can be found here. The conference demonstrated UCLA Anderson's strong commitment to studying and teaching issues of global economic relevance, including subjects related to the growing economic influence of emerging markets, and demonstrated the academic excellence of UCLA Anderson's vibrant group of academic economists.


      Improving Jobs for the Global Informal Workforce

      A research grant was also awarded to Chris Tilly, director of UCLA's Institute for Research on Labor and Employment and professor in the urban planning department, to support a recent academic conference, Improving Jobs for the Global Informal Workforce: Brazil, Canada, China, India, Mexico, South Africa, South Korea, and the United States. Held at the UCLA Downtown Labor Center in Los Angeles on April 20-21, 2012, the conference brought together top scholars from the eight countries mentioned in the title, including distinguished researchers from Peking University (China), the University of Campinas (Brazil), the University of Witwatersrand (South Africa), and others, along with U.S. researchers from UCLA and other institutions. Participants discussed how new patterns of global economic flow have intensified the problem of informal work and suggested strategies for improving informal jobs. The conference included a one and a half-day invitation-only workshop of 25 researchers and a public evening event that attracted an audience of around 100. Sponsors of the conference included the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, the UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education and UCLA CIBER.

       The California-China Relationship: Partners or Competitors?

      The Center for Global Management was the main sponsor of UCLA Anderson's December 2011 Quarterly Economic Forecast Conference: The California-China Relationship: Partners or Competitors? held in Korn Convocation Hall on December 7, 2011. The event attracted almost 200 attendees and brought together a group of experts who shared a diverse set of viewpoints on U.S.-China relations.

      William Yu (lower right photo), economist with the UCLA Anderson Forecast, presented a macro-economic overview of the Chinese economy, Understanding the Risks to China's Economy, which was followed by two panel discussions. Jerry Nickelsburg (left photo), senior economist of the UCLA Anderson Forecast, moderated the first panel, Hard or Soft Landing for China's Economy, with panelists Cindy Fan, professor of geography and Asian American studies at UCLA; Peter Navarro, professor of economics and public policy at The Paul Merage School of Business of the University of California, Irvine; Charles Wolf,
       Distinguished Corporate Chair in International Economics at The RAND Corporation and professor at The Pardee RAND Graduate School; and Jeff Wasserstrom, professor of history at University of California, Irvine. 

      The second panel focused on Intellectual Property Protection and California Exports and was moderated by Lance Yang, patent and trademark attorney at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP; with panelists Alan Chu, partner and Leader of China Business Network, PwC; Thomas T. Chan, partner at Fox Rothschild LLP; Jason Childs, vice president of sales and marketing at Staco Systems; and Michael Christensen, deputy executive director of development at the Port of Los Angeles.


      Financial Access at Birth Receives Research Support from the Center 

      Financial Access at Birth (FAB) is a program developed by Bhagwan Chowdhry, a professor of finance at UCLA Anderson. It is a social and economic innovation that seeks financial inclusion. Chowdhry's idea is to convince the world's nations to contribute one-fiftieth of one percent of their gross domestic product - the sum of all goods and services produced within a nation's borders to create a fund that would give every child born in the world $100 in a savings account that would be opened when his or her birth is officially registered. Chowdhry's initiative is being hosted by the Center for Financial Inclusion (CFI), an international collaboration aimed at advancing the commercial model of microfinance. In addition to providing a grant to support FAB, the center also supported the recent CFI board meeting in March that was held at UCLA Anderson. MBA students also have worked on research projects supported by the center to study the feasibility of testing the idea in one country.