Thunderbird School of Global Management

Thunderbird School of Global Management advances inclusive and sustainable prosperity worldwide. We are much more than a school.

Thunderbird School of Global Management is the vanguard of global leadership, management, and business education for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Thunderbird is a global network of future-ready leaders, managers, entrepreneurs, and intrapreneurs across the private and public sectors who advance inclusive and sustainable prosperity worldwide. For over 75 years, Thunderbird has prepared student

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01/10/2024

Learn to lead in the final frontier with Thunderbird's extensive business portfolio. Whether it is with our Executive Master of Global Management: Space Leadership, Business, and Policy, or our Space, Leadership, Business, and Policy executive certificate, Thunderbird empowers the next generation of space leaders: https://thunderbird.asu.edu/thought-leadership/centers/space-leadership-initiative

Photos from Thunderbird School of Global Management's post 01/09/2024

Reflecting on a special event of Spring 2024 Foundations, where we immersed ourselves in the T-bird tradition of the Thunder Olympics competition 🏆 Here's a glimpse into the moments that unfolded over the past couple of days; congrats to all!

01/08/2024

Welcome back, T-birds! Today marks the beginning of a thrilling new semester filled with exciting learning opportunities and the promise of creating unforgettable memories the T-bird way! Let the adventures of the new semester commence!

Photos from Thunderbird School of Global Management's post 01/05/2024

Over the last few days, Thunderbird celebrated a delightful Spring 2024 Foundations that burst the true T-bird spirit as our newest cohort of students dived into unforgettable moments with faculty, students, and esteemed Thunderbird alums. Here's to a journey filled with growth, connections, and endless possibilities! #2024

Thunderbird Africa Leadership Forum 01/04/2024

Join us for Thunderbird's Africa Leadership Forum, hosted by our regional Center of Excellence in Nairobi, from February 1 to 4, 2024.

During the events in Nairobi and Kigali, participants can connect with alumni, Thunderbird faculty and staff, as well as regional and international partners. A series of interactive discussions will take place, each designed to bring T-birds together as never before.

We will foster conversations on some of the most pressing issues of our time, focusing on key areas and how T-birds in Africa are leading efforts in the region and globally concerning the Fourth Industrial Revolution and digital transformation, geopolitics, trade, finance, and sustainability.

Register today!

Thunderbird Africa Leadership Forum Join us February 1st - 4th, for Thunderbird's Africa Leadership Forum hosted by our Center of Excellence in Nairobi.  During the event we will connect alumni, faculty, staff, and partners for a series of interactive discussions designed to bring T-birds together as never before.  We will f...

01/04/2024

Congratulations to Vanessa O'Neal, a distinguished graduate of the Bachelor of Global Management program at Thunderbird. From San Diego, California, Vanessa has been recognized for her exemplary academic achievements, earning prestigious accolades such as the Barton Kyle Yount Award and the Dean's Circle Award. Vanessa's steadfast commitment to excellence and leadership and her substantial contributions to the program highlight an exceptional dedication to global management. For more insights into her journey at Thunderbird School of Global Management, click here: https://tbirdasu.com/3GZcUt6

01/03/2024

Save the date for the inaugural Thunderbird Professional Conference! Happening Friday, February 2, this event will feature guest speakers, professional development workshops, and an Opportunity Showcase featuring various employers ready to meet with job-seeking Thunderbirds. We invite you to learn more here: https://tbirdasu.com/3RCUJ12

01/03/2024

Greetings, newest T-birds, and welcome to Foundations! In the upcoming days, prepare to engage with fellow classmates, listen to insights from Dean Sanjeev Khagram and our outstanding faculty and students, and establish connections with our Career Management Center and beyond. We're so thrilled to welcome you aboard!

01/02/2024

Congratulations to Prerna Rodney, a distinguished graduate of Master of Global Management degree program at Thunderbird. Hailing from India, Prerna has been recognized for her exemplary academic achievements, earning prestigious accolades such as the Barton Kyle Yount Award and the Dean's Circle Award. Prerna's unwavering dedication to excellence, and leadership, and her significant contributions to the program underscore a remarkable commitment to global management.To learn more about Prerna Rodney's journey: https://tbirdasu.com/3GZcUt6

12/28/2023

"Thunderbird to me, is like a trident with business knowledge, etiquette, and experiential learning. With Thunderbird’s backing, I have been able to learn many great things which I plan to implement in my life and any business ventures I get into,” says MGM student Ananya Upadhyay, ’24.

Rethink who the next generation of T-birds will be. Executives, mentors, leaders? Your support paves the way for transformative education, fostering changemakers who will tackle tomorrow’s challenges head-on. Donate today and support students like Ananya.

Learn more: https://tbirdasu.com/scholarships

12/27/2023

Congratulations to Gue Yong Lee, a distinguished graduate of the Master of Global Management program at Thunderbird. Hailing from South Korea, Gue Yong has been recognized for his exemplary academic achievements, earning prestigious accolades such as the Barton Kyle Yount Award. His commitment to excellence, leadership, and contributions to the program showcase a remarkable dedication to global management. To learn more about Gue Yong Lee's journey and the Thunderbird School of Global Management, click here: https://tbirdasu.com/3GZcUt6

12/26/2023

Shannon Heying is Thunderbird's Outstanding Graduate for the Fall 2023 graduation. She has been an entrepreneur for over 20 years and decided to join Thunderbird's Executive Master of Global Management to level up her business skills.

“The program allowed me to really balance my career responsibilities and my family responsibilities and work with a diverse group of professionals from all different backgrounds. One thing I think that's unique and very appreciated that Thunderbird provides is one-on-one coaching, and for me, I needed coaching with my business and with how to lead,” she says.

To learn more about the EMGM program at Thunderbird: https://tbirdasu.com/3IrWsBz

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❄️ from all of us at Thunderbird! Sending heartfelt wishes for a serene and joy-filled holiday season to our incredible T-bird community worldwide. Embrace the with peace and joy!

12/22/2023

The Thunderbird Case Series is pleased to announce the release of a new offering, “Digital Transformation at Imptek Chova.” Written by Professor Tom Hunsaker of Thunderbird School of Global Management and Professor Fabrizio Noboa of Universidad San Francisco de Quito, this case touches on global strategy, entrepreneurship, digital transformation, decision-making and general management.

It tells the story of Imptek Chova, an Ecuadorian manufacturer of waterproofing solutions for residential infrastructure that sought agility and efficiency gains through digital transformation initiatives. One option: automating the asphalt membrane production line through an Internet of Things application. Another option: collecting critical information about final users through a physical warranty shield with a printed QR code to geographically identify areas with a greater or lesser presence of Imptek solutions. Students use info presented in the case to evaluate the options and decide which one, if any, company leaders should implement.

Find the case here: https://casecent.re/p/192144

12/21/2023

As the year comes to a close, we want to wish all of our Thunderbird students, alumni, faculty and staff, partners, supporters, and friends a magical holiday and joyful season. We look forward to all our T-bird community will achieve in 2024!

ASU ranked No. 20 in US for shaping future leaders 12/21/2023

Influential leaders’ success stories are often aided by great career opportunities, vast network connections and powerful learning tools — all of which can come from a transformative education experience.

TIME and Statista’s inaugural Best Colleges for Future Leaders list, which ranks Arizona State University No. 20 in the United States for shaping future leaders, recognizes Thunderbird as a “notable subsidiary” of ASU, regarded as a prominent school within the ranked institution for its top leadership and management education.

"We are truly honored to be recognized by TIME and Statista as an instrumental institution within ASU for our efforts to be the most global and digital leadership and management school in the world," said Dr. Sanjeev Khagram, director general and dean of Thunderbird. "Together, as the No. 1 school for international trade and management, Thunderbird, within the nation’s No. 1 most innovative university, ASU, we are building the next generation of global leaders that will achieve inclusion, innovation and impact to create equitable and sustainable prosperity worldwide.”

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Flashback to the unforgettable Fall 2023 convocation at Thunderbird School of Global Management, where dreams took flight and students transformed into proud alums! Embarking on the next chapter, armed with knowledge, ambition, and T-bird's own global mindset. To view photos from the ceremony: [https://tbirdasu.com/3RQ52jJ]

12/19/2023

“Going through a master’s program at Thunderbird was one of the best decisions of my life. Nearly 20 years later, I still look back at that time as one of the most valuable. I’m honored to be able to give back as a donor to help others experience the Thunderbird Mystique," said Yesica Schaaf ’04.

Philanthropy is critical to fostering the evolution that allows Thunderbird to remain at the vanguard of global management and leadership education. Make a year-end gift today and support a transformative education that will cultivate global changemakers who will tackle tomorrow’s challenges head-on.

Learn more: https://tbirdasu.com/scholarships

12/18/2023

: Missed Thunderbird’s Fall 2023 convocation ceremony last week, or just eager to relive the celebrations? You can do either by watching the convocation livestream video via this link: https://tbirdasu.com/479CKFg

12/16/2023

📢 New case alert! 📢 The Thunderbird Case Series is proud to announce the publication of another new case--one that delves into issues of economic inequality, gender equality, and infrastructure preparedness.

“Computer Aid International: Bridging the Digital Divide” tells the story of Computer Aid International, an organization tackling the challenge of preparing and strengthening the developing world for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. It is written by Mary Teagarden, Deputy Dean of Knowledge Enterprise at Thunderbird School of Global Management, and Venghat Bhalaji Swaminathan of Thunderbird Executive Education.

The case discusses the extent of digital divide gaps and challenges in the developing world, tracing Computer Aid's evolution from operations in a single African country to regionalization in Southern, and South-South expansion to Latin America and other developing country locations. Regionalization efforts focus on localization of operations within a region for creation of a mutually beneficial context for local businesses to become part of the digital divide solution through processing obsolete donated technology that Computer Aid then recycles and matches with beneficiary needs. While they have had some success, questions remain: Is this the best approach for leveraging their service delivery, technology refurbishment and education? Will regionalization be effective in Latin America?

This case touches on several of the UN Sustainable Development Goals: Quality education (Goal 4); gender equality (Goal 5); Industry, innovation, and infrastructure (Goal 9); and responsible consumption and production (Goal 12).

Find the case here: https://casecent.re/p/192367

Photos from Thunderbird School of Global Management's post 12/15/2023

December 9 was a special day in Kenya, as President Ruto awarded certificates of completion to Kenyan learners who successfully finished the Global Entrepreneurship & Innovation Bootcamp in Thunderbird’s Najafi 100 Million Learners Global Initiative.

This transformative program offers self-paced, online, multi-language education, at absolutely no cost, not only in Kenya, but to any learner around the world.

Learn more at 100millionlearners.org.

12/15/2023

Global Challenge Lab Highlight: Team Krimerindo, led by Advika Ugale, made their way to Indonesia to work with PT Lautan Natural Krimerindo (LNK), a leading company of food and beverage ingredients specializing in spray-dried ingredients and powder pre-mixes. As one of Indonesia's largest manufacturers of food ingredients, they supply their renowned non-dairy creamer (FiberCreme) to customers worldwide. Throughout their time on the project, the team learned successive skills such as organizational and business consulting and so much more in the three weeks spent on-site.

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Celebrating the brilliance of our Fall 2023 grads at Thunderbird's convocation this week!! Here's to capturing the magic of the Parade of Flags, where each flag bearer shared the rich stories of their represented countries.

12/14/2023

Several professors at Thunderbird have been recognized recently for their dedication to impactful research, lifelong academic work and significant achievements.

Among them are Mansour Javidan, director of the Arizona State University F. Francis Najafi Global Mindset Institute, and G.L.A. Harris, professor of global affairs.

Learn more here: https://news.asu.edu/20231208-thunderbird-professors-honored-research-and-achievements

12/13/2023

Last week, Arizona State University President Michael Crow honored staff and faculty members during the 2023 President’s Awards ceremony. The recipient of the President’s Award for Sustainability included the Sustainable Purchasing Research Initiative (SPRI) led in part by Thunderbird Professor Shirley-Ann Behravesh, who is also the associate director of the program. SPRI is an international initiative involving scholars, students, governments and community leaders who are expanding capacity and knowledge to address sustainable purchasing challenges. Purchasing is often overlooked as a climate solution. However, 92% of an organization’s total climate emissions are attributable to procurement decisions, and these emissions account for 40% of all global climate emissions.

“With the introduction of Scope 3 emissions reporting requirements, sustainable purchasing has transitioned from being an option to a necessity," Behravesh said. "These purchasing decisions made by organizations hold the power to not only shape markets but also significantly influence supply chains.”

Read more: https://news.asu.edu/20231208-solutions-sustainability-civic-engagement-projects-receive-presidents-awards

12/13/2023

“Receiving the SHARE Fellowship scholarship has been truly transformational for me. Without this support, affording Thunderbird and living in Phoenix would have been impossible," said Kensle Figaro ’24.

It’s time to rethink the impact Thunderbird can create in our communities, our planet, and our future. Make a year-end gift today and help fuel a revolution in education, igniting visionary leaders for the world of tomorrow, today. Learn more: https://tbirdasu.com/scholarships

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The cherished Thunderbird tradition of the Parade of Flags stands strong as we kicked off today's convocation!

12/12/2023

Today is the day: It is time for Thunderbird's convocation ceremony! Congratulations to the Fall 2023 graduates – we cannot wait to celebrate you this afternoon.

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Definitive Thunderbird

As history teaches us, WWII and its aftermath ushered in drastic changes for the world in which we live. Some, dramatic and obvious, others more subtle. Their impact gradual. It was during this era that Arizona was transformed from a state based on citrus, cotton copper cattle, and climate, to one that would build on the growth brought by military installations, aerospace industry and most important of all, air conditioning. America’s military leaders were particularly fond of Arizona as a place to train pilots for the airforce, the Thunderbird airfield at 59th Avenue & Greenway was developed as a training based for pilots from allied forces from around the world. Pilots from more than 30 different countries trained there during the war.

After WWII ended the land and improvements at Thunderbird were purchased by a former leader in the army airforce training camp, general Barton Yount with help from some of the best-known businessmen in Phoenix.

Thunderbird went from a place to train pilots to a school that trained people for careers in foreign trade.

About 25 miles sound and east of Thunderbird, another center of higher learning was emerging. Arizona State Teachers College was on it’s way to becoming Arizona State University which would finally happen in 1958. Linked in those early days of a changing Valley of the Sun, 56 years later the two schools would join the same family. On December 31st, 2014 the Thunderbird School of Global Management officially became the 16th college of what is today America’s largest public university, ASU.

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