Ford Program Discussions on Development Series

Business on the Frontlines: Reports from the Field

DoDBusiness on the Frontlines Students


Viva Bartkus
Associate Professor of Management and Kellogg Institute Faculty Fellow

Emily Block
Assistant Professor of Management

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

7:00 pm - C103 Hesburgh Center

Cosponsored with the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies

Business on the Frontlines: Reports from the Field

During the past decades, the forces of political transformation and economic globalization have created new opportunities for some and new threats to safety and security for others.  Violent conflicts around the world threaten the lives of millions of people, undermining human progress and economic development.  Post-conflict societies provide opportunities and risks for the private sector, which has become an influential player in many such situations. 

Earlier this year, MBA students from Viva Bartkus’ and Emily Block’s “Business on the Frontlines” class explored the role of business in post-war reconstruction efforts. Working with Catholic Relief Services, students met with business leaders and local officials in Mindanao in the Philippines, Rwanda, Nicaragua, and Sierra Leone to explore the impact of local and national business in these societies.

In this panel presentation, students will present their reflections and findings.