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Doing Business in Conflict Zones

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Course Features

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Duration

3 weeks

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Delivery Method

Online

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Available on

Lifetime Access

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Accessibility

Mobile, Desktop

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Language

English

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Subtitles

English

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Level

Beginner

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Effort

5 hours per week

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Teaching Type

Self Paced

Course Description

There is a lot of business potential in many conflict-affected areas of the world. However, in unpredictable and risky environments, businesses are often discouraged from investing, resulting in communities losing out and economic factors that can lead to conflict.

This three-week course, presented by Dr Aisha Ahmed, will equip you with the skills to understand the opportunities and challenges of doing business in conflict-affected regions of the world. You'll also gain practical insight on how to plan for success. Understanding how business operates in countries affected by violence requires that you understand their social and historical contexts.

This course's first week will let you explore the concept of a civil-war economy. You'll be able to learn how to operate in hostile business environments with a practical view. High levels of corruption can make it difficult for people to work in countries. You also need to think about the relationships that communities have with the state.

This article will discuss the risks and opportunities associated with investing in a business venture that is located in conflict zones. This will allow you to see how a business venture could affect, transform and contribute to the existing conflict zone ecosystem. The final week will be dedicated to red team exercises. These are key elements that can stress-test your business plans.

This course will equip you with the ability to identify vulnerabilities in conflict zone business plans and how to adapt to minimize them.

Course Overview

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Internship

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Job Assistance

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Alumni Network

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International Faculty

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Case Based Learning

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Post Course Interactions

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Instructor-Moderated Discussions

Skills You Will Gain

Prerequisites/Requirements

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It will also be useful if you’re studying a related subject such as political science, public policy, or international business studies

What You Will Learn

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Recognize the risks and calculate the costs involved in launching a business venture in an active conflict zone

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Critically assess how a business venture might inadvertently affect, transform, and contribute to conflict dynamics on the ground

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Develop creative problem-solving skills to adapt to challenges facing businesses in conflict zones

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Practice “stress testing” a business plan before implementation, using a modified version of a tool called a “red team” exercise

Target Students

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This course is designed for anyone working or volunteering for an organisation engaged in a conflict-affected environment

Course Instructors

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Aisha Ahmad

Instructor

I'm an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto, specializing in International Security. I research civil war economies and jihadist insurgencies around the world.
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