Strategic Management & International Consultancy


About The Field

This field is relevant for students pursuing general management careers with multinational corporations, as well as management consulting careers. The field provides students with a deep grounding in the basic logic of competitive advantage, premised on a careful analytical treatment of the distinct qualities and positions of individual firms, and an understanding of broader competitive dynamics. This background positions students well for guiding strategy at both established and emerging enterprises pursuing both domestic and international strategies. Foreign market entry strategies through exporting, licensing, franchising, acquisitions, or foreign direct investments are also emphasized.


Below is a representative portrait of curricular requirements for this Field of Study. Core requirements are subject to periodic updates and modifications; current Fletcher students should refer to the Registrar's course bulletin and to Fletcher Connect for definitive requirements in a given academic year.

An International Business Field of Study for MIB Students

Core Requirements for the Field

The four fields of study that are the International Business fields for the MIB degree include: International Finance and Banking; Strategic Management and International Consultancy; Marketing; and Public and NGO Management. Students in the MIB program must complete one of these four International Business Fields of Study along with one International Affairs (MALD/PhD) Field of Study. MIB students must complete a minimum of three course credits in a single field to fulfill the International Business Field of Study requirement. Modular courses (1/2 credit courses) must be matched up to make a full credit. Each field has one required course credit and two elective course credits. Through petition to the Committee on Student Academic Programs, MALD students may offer one of the MIB International Business Fields of Study. However, it should be noted that in doing so, they are ineligible to officially offer the International Business Relations Field toward their plan of study. Note: MIB students are not permitted to offer the International Business Relations Field of Study to satisfy one of their field requirements.

The Strategic Management and International Consultancy Field of Study requires the completion of a minimum of three course credits from the lists below, including one required class and two elective credits. Of the two electives, at least one credit must come from Group I.

Required Courses
Either of the below courses may be used as the required course in the field

Starting New Ventures

International Business Strategy and Operations

Group I
Group II

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Current Students & Alumni

Graduates of The Fletcher School's field of development economic studies are in great demand by employers in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. These are a sample of Fletcher current students and alums:

Alisha Guffey Fletcher
Fabian Olarte, The Fletcher School
Cecilia Paradi-Guilford Fletcher
Alisha Guffey
MIB 16
Strategic Management &
International Consultancy,
International Environment & Resource Policy

   Read Alisha's story

Fabian Olarte
MIB 11
Senior Consultant, Global
Client Services - Control Risks
- Chicago, IL

   Read Fabian's story

Cecilia Paradi-Guilford
MIB 10
ICT & Innovation Specialist,
The World Bank -
Washington, DC

   Read Cecilia's story

Outside the Classroom

  • Rawabi City: Can commerce build peace and prosperity in conflict-torn Palestine?
  • The Making of a Maverick: The Theory and Practice of Entrepreneurship
  • Leading an Organization: The Skills that Matter Most
  • Linking Climate Change and Business Strategy
  • The Power of We: The Role of Business in Solving Society’s Challenges
  • Technology and Inclusive Innovation: The IBM Story in Africa
  • Annual Inclusion Forum: Inclusion, Inc.
  • Optimizing Emerging Market Strategies: How to Manage Financial Risks & Rewards
  • Leadership Program on Financial Inclusion
  • A.T. Kearney - Dubai, UAE
  • Nathan Associates - Washington, DC
  • ASG - New York City, NY
  • Aubridge Partners - Shanghai, China
  • The Climate Group - London, UK
  • Hola Foods - Cordoba, Argentina
  • Gap Inc. - San Francisco, CA
  • Ernst & Young - Chicago, IL
  • "Mexico's Energy Reform: A Lifesaver for a Drowning Industry"
  • "Privatization of the Electricity Distribution Companies in Turkey"
  • "Market Transition Playbook: Transitioning from Licensed to Owned Market in 2018"
  • "Jamela Market Research & Business Plan"
  • "Certification of Origin for Chocolate Products: An Analysis of the Ecuadorian Arriba Cocoa Bean"
  • "Collaborative Value Sharing Between Profit and Non-Profit Partners in Emerging Markets: The Case of GrameenPhone in Bangladesh"
  • "Achieving Complex National Security Missions: A Multidisciplinary Approach to the Design and Management of Collaborative Institutions"
  • "Maintaining Socially-Inclusive Economic Growth By Enabling Opportunity: Achieving Sustainable Development in Vietnam"
  • "Mobile Banking: Can Financial Services be Extended to Africa's Unbanked?"

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A Fletcher education is highly customizable, and each student may decide on a different academic trajectory to suit his or her own professional and academic goals. To get a better sense of how these individual curricular decisions can play out, we asked recent students in their final semester to talk about their goals, their classes, and the decisions made during their Fletcher career. Meet Tanya:

Pre-Fletcher Experience

Senior Consultant, Control Risks Group, New York, NY

Fields of Study

Strategic Management & International Consultancy
International Political Economy

Capstone Topic Doing business in Burma/Myanmar

Post-Fletcher Professional Goals

I plan to remain in the business risk management field, working with companies to help them do business in challenging environments.

Read about Tanya's curricular path.

Learn From The Experts: Fletcher Faculty

Bhaskar Chakravorti, Senior Associate Dean of International Business & Finance and Executive Director, IBGC"International business issues stubbornly demand that the global leader be adept at crossing many borders of many kinds – not only those of countries but also of disciplines, such as international relations, law, political economy, humanitarian studies – and, critically, global business functions."

Bhaskar Chakravorti, Senior Associate Dean of International Business & Finance, Executive Director, Institute for Business in the Global Context/Council on Emerging Market Enterprises Professor of Practice in International Business

Other faculty with expertise in the field:

Amar Bhide Laurent Jacque Ian Johnstone Jeswald Salacuse Lawrence Weiss
Amar Bhide Laurent Jacque Ian Johnstone Jeswald Salacuse Lawrence Weiss