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Switzerland: Organizational Resiliency in Geneva and Zurich

Sunset on Lake Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland

Switzerland is the home for a number of organizations that are leading efforts related to several global challenges on the horizon. The program will start in Geneva, Switzerland, which is home to the World Health Organization, the World Trade Organization, and the International Red Cross, all of which play a global role in helping world leaders understand emerging global political, health and trade crises. Each year, Switzerland is also host of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, which is a public/private partnership that engages political, business, and cultural leaders to shape global, regional, and industry agendas. The World Economic Forum produces a highly visible annual Global Risk Report that highlights overarching geo-political and societal mega-trends, including issues tied to climate change and social inequities.  While we will not travel to Davos, the work of the World Economic Forum will be a focus of the study tour. The program will conclude in Zurich which is home to 15 Fortune 500 companies including ABB, Credit Suisse, Nestle, Novartis, Roche Group, and Zurich Insurance. 

Program Facts

CourseMBA 590: Management of Mega-Trends Impacting Organizational Resiliency
NC State Cost$5,500
Please see the “Costs/Scholarships” page for more details.
DatesMarch 9 – 16, 2024
LocationZurich and Geneva, Switzerland
ContactDr. Mark Beasley, (
Office of Global Programs, Poole (
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MBA 590: Management of Mega-Trends Impacting Organizational Resiliency

(3 Credits, graded)

This course will expose students to the wide range of mega-trend emerging risk challenges likely to impact the ongoing sustainability and resiliency of all types of organizations over the next two decades. Students will gain an expanded worldview of the complex web of mega-trends likely to create challenges affecting various aspects of an organization’s operations and business model.  Students will leave this course with a richer understanding of the complex challenges that exist and knowledge of many of the key global institutions that play a major role in helping solve the expanding range of global issues.

Sample Itinerary

This itinerary is a sample, and could be subject to change as we are finalizing details with our partners. You should plan to arrive in the morning if possible on Sunday, March 10, which means you will need to depart the US on March 9. Our office is not recommending a specific flight. Delta/American airlines are reliable airlines students and faculty have used in the past. All transportation to and from the airport will be at your own accord.

Sunday, March 10Arrival in Geneva
Walking Tour
Welcome Dinner
Monday, March 11United Nations Visit
World Health Organization Visit
Tuesday, March 12Switzerland’s EU Membership Decision Panel Discussion
CERN, Birthplace of the Internet Visit
Wednesday, March 13Travel to Zurich
Guided tour of Zurich
Thursday, March 14On-site case studies with Swiss corporations
Friday, March 15Entrepreneurial Lab Networking and Seminar Session
Chocolate-making class at the Lindt Chocolateria
Fondue-style Farewell Dinner
Saturday, March 16 Depart from Zurich for home
*transportation to and from airport via taxi/uber


Accommodations are factored into the program cost, and will be rooms of two. There will be an additional cost to be eligible to pay for a single room. More details to be provided to accepted students.

Students will stay in 4 star hotels with luxurious rooms, top-tier customer service, and proximity to some of Geneva’s and Zurich’s most notable sites and experiences. The hotel will be the perfect place to rest and relax after an exciting day of educational and cultural immersion.