Business is global. A business degree isn’t just a passport to a job. It’s a passport to everything that is happening globally, from your company’s business opportunities; to strategies to connect to the global economy; to the role of global institutions that affect the business environment, such as the IMF and WTO.
Business is global even in one of the poorest countries in Africa, which is where I am writing from.
Mozambique is poor even by Africa’s standards. But its economy is growing 8% a year due to foreign direct investment. Coal, oil, gas, graphite, and agriculture are attracting major investments and generating economic growth and huge social change.
This isn’t a post about working in a poor country though. It is a post about taking your degree abroad and applying it to a different set of business problems. Business in the 21st Century is innovative, yes. But it is also mobile, flexible, and in search of new opportunities. All of which describes business in Mozambique. It is part local talent and part global reach, creating boundless opportunity and immense uncertainty.
Checking your own business passport, you could not do better than to adopt the values of the “Millennial” generation. According to Linda Duxbury of Carleton University’s Sprott School of Business, Millennials want less hierarchy, fewer rules, meaningful work, good working relationships, respectful managers, autonomy, recognition for their work, flexible schedules, open communication, tolerance for risk-taking, and fewer barriers to innovation. All good qualities for working in Mozambique.
I live in Maputo, Mozambique. My wife (she and I are both Carey MBAs) develops agribusiness investments in Mozambique for international investors and to develop domestic agricultural capacity. She connects global business with local capacity to create new local businesses, employment and improved social welfare. I’m an independent consultant on corporate governance for international economic and financial institutions, such as the World Bank and the African Development Bank, both of which operate in Mozambique.
I am also a writer and blogger on political economy. You can see examples of my writings on my LinkedIn Page. I can do this from Maputo because, even here, I am connected to the global economy.