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M.S. in Global Commerce

Global Thesis

The program features a built-in thesis component, a capstone project in which students work in global teams and gain hands-on research experience around a dynamic business topic. The thesis is a requirement and an integral part the M.S. in Global Commerce Program. Students are assigned to a three-person team in the fall, based on interests, and either choose from a list of preselected topics or suggest their own topic. The thesis kicks off at the University of Virginia with a course Researching and Writing a Global Business Thesis, followed by research at all three universities. Teams work with a faculty adviser throughout the year and present their defense in June.

Examples of Past Thesis Topics

  • An Analysis of Virtual Reality Technology on the Fashion Industry
  • Big Data for Strategic Management and Business Decisions in the Financial Services Industry
  • Blockchain Technology: Feasibility and Application in Private and Public Equity Market
  • Critical Success Factors of Platform-Based Sharing Economy Businesses
  • Disruptive Innovations: How Energy Storage Will Impact Different Industries Until 2030
  • Economic Effects of Manufacturing Outflow in the United States
  • Future of Photo Voltaic Glass Technology (Clean Energy vs. Fossil Fuels)
  • How Culture Affects Fandom: Market Effects of Chinese vs. European Football 
  • Luxury Brand Marketing: When Adaptation Supersedes Image
  • Internationalization Strategies of Chinese Technology Companies Entering Developed Markets   
  • Strategic Agility: Effects on Outcomes and Success of International Corporations
  • Strategic Implications of EU Market Fragmentation of Mergers and Acquisitions: Evidence from Brexit

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