Global Business and Politics online program

Course starts 14 October 2020

Course information

Registration Closes:
6 October 2020
Course Starts:
14 October 2020
8 weeks, excluding orientation
8–10 hours per week, self-paced learning online
USD $2,800
Payment Options
Yale School of Management Executive Education


Organizations operate within the context of their competitors, suppliers, and customers, but also within a broader nonmarket environment that includes social, political, environmental, and regulatory forces.

The Global Business and Politics online program, from the Yale School of Management Executive Education, offers business leaders an evolved perspective of nonmarket factors that affect business. It provides strategies, language, frameworks, and tools to analyze and respond to these factors to gain a competitive advantage.

Guided by industry expert Professor David Bach, you’ll develop the skills and knowledge to drive strategies that anticipate and plan for change and disruption. You’ll also gain the opportunity to engage with a diverse and international group of participants, and grow your global network online.

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What will set you apart

On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:

  • The ability to see beyond business and the market, with an enhanced understanding of the global social, political and environmental landscape

  • Insights and tools to lead effectively through the pressures of future disruption

  • The skills to assess and improve engagement with key stakeholders internally and externally, and how differing global contexts influence these interactions

  • Strategic frameworks to affect and redefine your nonmarket environment, and factor these forces into your decision-making to strengthen your competitive advantage

Is this course for you?

This program is designed for those working in strategy, communications, government affairs, corporate responsibility and business development, who need to be cognizant of topical social, political, and environmental issues. Executives who need to consider the impact of political and social issues on their business will be equipped with the terminology and a best practice approach to leadership in a rapidly changing corporate and societal landscape. Functional managers who are interested in pursuing a greater involvement in business strategy will benefit from access to frameworks and tools that will allow them to engage effectively with the impact of nonmarket forces on their organization, while managing stakeholder engagement in a global context.

Course curriculum

Explore how social, political, environmental, and regulatory forces affect an overall business environment, and develop responsive strategic frameworks, as you work through the weekly modules of this online program.

  • Orientation Module Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1  Compete beyond the market
  • Module 2  Analyze nonmarket challenges for strategic advantage
  • Module 3  Navigate the politics of disruptive innovation
  • Module 4  Nationalism in international business
  • Module 5  Lobbying and framing in a global context
  • Module 6  Stakeholder engagement and global governance
  • Module 7  Ethics, values, and business decisions
  • Module 8  Doing well by doing good

A powerful collaboration

This Yale School of Management Executive Education online program is delivered in collaboration with GetSmarter. Learn from industry thought leaders as you gain strategic insight into nonmarket factors and their effect on business.

Your Program Convener

The design of this online program is guided by Yale SOM Executive Education faculty, as well as industry experts, who will share their experience and in-depth knowledge with you throughout the program.

Professor David Bach

Professor David Bach

Deputy Dean for Executive Programs, Yale School of Management

Bach received his PhD and MA in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, and holds a BA magna cum laude in political science and international studies from Yale University. An expert in political economy, his research and teaching focuses on business-government relations, nonmarket strategy, and global market regulation. Bach’s course “The End of Globalization?” received the 2018 Ideas Worth Teaching Award from the Aspen Institute.

As a member of Yale SOM’s senior leadership team, Bach directs the school’s Executive MBA and non-degree executive education, including the school’s innovative online programs. A winner of multiple teaching awards, Bach was named one of the top business school professors under 40 by Poets and Quants, and has given three GMAC keynote addresses on innovation in management education.

Earn a certificate of participation from the Yale School of Management Executive Education

Earn an official certificate of participation from Yale School of Management Executive Education.

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and couriered to you, at no additional cost, upon successful completion of the program, as per the stipulated requirements.


When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 14 October 2020.

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    GetSmarter's learning model is designed to help you, as a working professional, improve your skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities. The course work is broken up into weekly, manageable bite-sized modules, with incremental deadlines, designed to help you pace yourself over the duration of the course and allow you the legroom to work when it suits you best.

    At the beginning of each week you'll be presented with all the lectures, notes and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Advisor who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.


    By improving your skills and industry knowledge, you'll be having an influence on the success of your organisation.

    Why wouldn't you ask your boss to help you fund your studies if it's going to have an impact on the way you do business?

    37% of our past students receive financial assistance from their employers. You can ask for help, too. Here is a guide to show you how to receive financial assistance from your employer.


    The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface you'll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats, including: interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.

    On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and Head Tutor through the Online Campus discussion forums. If you're experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Success Advisor, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.