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Welcome to the Global Business Institute

The Stern Global Business Institute (GBI) was established in 2003 to consolidate an array of long-standing academic activities and create a coherent platform for their future development. Stern was one of the first institutions to emphasize the international dimensions of business over three decades earlier, spanning first-rate applied research, an extensive list of undergraduate and MBA course offerings, and a doctoral specialization in the international dimensions of academic disciplines to develop the next generation of professorial faculty. The School launched an academic International Business initiative long before international and global business aspects were formally built into the curricula of any of the other major business schools. This 30-year “first mover” history is now capitalized in the franchise value of the School. Each of the international activities has been firmly rooted in the academic key disciplines, so that both faculty and students combine discipline-based rigor with ample opportunities to focus on the international dimensions. Throughout this period, the Stern School was consistently rated among the top-five institutions focusing on international business worldwide. This remains so today.

The Stern Global Business Institute is charged with taking this evolution to the next level, leveraging the School’s growing research strength in core disciplines into the global arena and providing consistent academic oversight and support for the School’s extensive activities in global business education.


Stern GBI also houses the Center for Japan-US Business & Economic Studies

Now part of the Stern Global Business Institute, the Center for Japan-U.S. Business and Economic Studies is one of the first university-based organizations in the world to focus on understanding the entire spectrum of business and economic relationships between Japan and the United States. This is accomplished through research, teaching, publications and conferences which are open to the general public.

Under the direction of Dr. Ryuzo Sato, The Center sponsors research published in Japan and the World Economy, a journal under The Center's editorship, in cooperation with North Holland as well as in monographs published by Cambridge University Press and Kluwer Academic Publishers.  The Center also sponsors an annual award for the UFJ (Sanwa) Monograph Series on a competitive basis. The selection is made by a committee of distinguished scholars.  In addition to these scholarly activities, the Center organizes public lectures and panel discussions to promote an understanding of contemporary business issues linking Japan and the United States.

Some of the original funding for the Center was dedicated to the efforts of faculty members of various departments of the Stern School of Business to develop courses in the MBA curriculum.  Eminent scholars, businessmen and politicians have been guests of The Center, including former United States' President Gerald Ford and former Japanese Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu.