Global Network Investment Competition Enters Its Next Stage

January 31, 2017

Koç University Graduate School of Business (Turkey)


Istanbul, Turkey

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From Local to Global: Concepts, Frameworks, and Analytical Tools Necessary to Develop an Effective Global Strategy

Globalization has changed the dynamics of business irrevocably. Today’s companies must operate on a much larger scale and in an environment of global competitiveness where product development, market needs, customers’ targets must take into account multiple cultures, collaborations and regional developments. Even for companies that do not intend to “go abroad,” the entry of foreign companies into their home markets makes a better understanding of global strategy a necessity if not a requisite for survival. The goal of this course is to introduce you to concepts, frameworks, and analytical tools necessary to develop an effective global strategy. There will be case studies and a presentation by student group teams on companies visited.

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Başak Yalman (

Yasemin Soydaş (


The competition, now in its second year, has a new interactive website which allows visitors to follow the contest in real time.

The second Global Network Investment Competition is set to enter its next stage on February 8, when four finalist teams will be selected for the final round.

The competition, which is hosted by the Yale School of Management’s International Center for Finance, has grown in its popularity in its second year, with 46 teams applying to participate and 22 teams from 14 schools qualifying for the event. The four finalists will make a live stock pitch to a team of judges on February 15.

The competition’s new website allows visitors to track each team’s portfolio progress in real time, with a feature-rich series of interactive graphs and charts. Visitors can also download reports and presentations from each of the teams.

Each student team submits a portfolio with five investments drawn from its home country. The teams are evaluated by a panel of judges, which this year includes Robert Pohly of Samlyn Capital; Jim Chanos of Kynikos Associates; Katalin Gingold of Cartica Management; and Eddie Tam of Central Asset Investments. Two prizes will be awards: one for the best investment thesis based on written reports and the live pitch and the other for on the top performing portfolio.

A team from ESMT Berlin won top preformance prize in the inaugurual competition last year.  Teams from Koc GSB and NUS Business School shared the Security Analysis Prize for best investment thesis.