EMI at Work

Colombia at the Crossroads: The Good, the Bad, and the Uncertain

by Ross H. Brown, MBA '17
Ross H. Brown, MBA '17

As a war-torn country plagued by high levels of crime and poverty as recently as the 1990s, in a relatively short period of time, Colombia took some remarkable steps that have helped to put it on the path towards lasting economic prosperity, development, and growth.

China: A sneak peek at the future

by German Peralta, MBA '17
German Peralta, MBA '17
China is taking advantage of the accelerated growth of its economy. Contrary to other emerging markets, China has managed to disburse growth to large pools of its population, increased disposable income of a previously impoverished population.

Andean Peaks and Silicon Valleys: Entrepreneurship in Colombia

by Vince Wong, Cornell Tech MBA '17
Vince Wong, Cornell Tech MBA '17

Shifting consumer behaviors, supported by advances in infrastructure, have increasingly enabled the Colombian economy through technology. More than ever before, Colombian entrepreneurs today have new opportunities within their reach – and they know it: 72% of Colombian adults view entrepreneurship as a worthy career path.


Searching for Unicorns in the Land of the Phoenix: The Lebanese startup ecosystem

by Sam Assaf and Abhiram Muddu
Sam Assaf and Abhiram Muddu
The Lebanese capital of Beirut has become home to a growing startup ecosystem. With the right kind of support, it’s only a matter of time until a highly valuable and innovative company emerges, attracts international attention.

Review of Mazzucato's and Penna´s Analysis of Brazilian National Innovation System

by Nathalia Foditsch and Evodio Kaltenecker
Nathalia Foditsch and Evodio Kaltenecker
Brazilian innovation policies reflect the very notion of innovation itself: they are uncertain, cumulative , and collective. Innovation policy is, thus, risky by nature because results are hard to predict.

Tanzania unleashes tax on tourism

by German Peralta
German Peralta
Tanzania´s New VAT tax on Tourism could Potentially Slowdown an Otherwise Thriving East African Country

The simple life inside South Africa’s townships

by Rachit Saxena
Rachit Saxena
During the apartheid era, townships were built on the outskirts of major cities and were reserved for non-white residents. Today, these informal settlements are home to nearly 60% of South Africa’s unemployed.

M-Pesa and Kenya: Why Mobile Money Matters?

by Chao Yi, Eva Zhang, Bihan Zhu and Viviane Gomide
Chao Yi, Eva Zhang, Bihan Zhu and Viviane Gomide
Most people probably don’t think of Kenya as an innovation and technology hub, but it became the launching pad for M-Pesa, a transformative mobile phone-based platform for money transfer and financial services.

Money Matters in Modi’s India

by Abhiram Muddu and Vince Wong
Abhiram Muddu and Vince Wong
Money matters in Modi’s India are complex. However, Modi has a unique opportunity to leverage startups’ accelerated time-to-market to foster a tech-enabled ecosystem that incentivizes users to adopt formal channels.

Insights and perspectives on the evolving Chinese Healthcare Industry

by Preetika Vish, Matt Weisse, Matt Wilhelm, Bryan Wong
Preetika Vish, Matt Weisse, Matt Wilhelm, Bryan Wong
Over the past decade the Chinese government has spent over $500B in infrastructure and healthcare reform, including the establishment of many new hospitals and policies to satisfy the demand that accompanies China’s population of over a billion people.

“Through I course I took with the Emerging Markets Institute, I developed a human resource strategy for retaining high potential female employees for a major investment bank in South Africa. This was my most beneficial experience at business school and highlighted a pressing subject: women’s empowerment in the workplace.”

- Bryson Saez, MBA '14
EMI Fellow