Global Residency - Brazil

  • Brazil Residency Sao PauloPast global residencies in Brazil have spent time in business and cultural hubs such as Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.


    Courses commonly taught during this residency focus on key local and multinational companies, current economic issues and culture for framing the conduct of global business. These courses could include:

    • Accounting for Managers
    • Global Leadership Explorations
    • Leading Organizations

    A typical residency day includes three case method classes (some of which are taught by multiple faculty during a single class session — watch this Darden Team Teaching video to learn more) and learning team meetings in the evening. Throughout the residency, you will also participate in global leadership exploration engagements (examples outlined below) that are closely linked to your coursework.

    Residency Highlights

    The following activities are a sample of past residency engagements and are subject to change each year.

    Examples of Speakers

    • An INSPER professor on conducting business in Brazil and its historical and current cultural context.
    • Executive Vice President of Cosan on energy resources in Brazil.
    • CFO of AES Eletropaulo on the challenges and opportunities in providing electricity in a megalopolis such as Sao Paulo.
    • Partner of Vinci Partners on understanding the nuances of private equity in Brazil and the opportunities for investment in Brazilian companies.

    Company Visits

    • Following a related accounting case study on leasing, students visited Embraer — the most successful global regional jet airframe manufacturer, based in Brazil — for a plant tour and discussion with a director-level executive about the competitive global aerospace market and the strain between new cutting-edge engineering and more cost-effective traditional methods.
    • Students visited General Motors do Brasil Ltda. (Sao Jose dos Campos Plant), the largest subsidiary of General Motors in South America and the second largest operation outside of the U.S. The Plant Manager hosted a Q&A and we toured the manufacturing plant in operation as well as visited the full site facilities.

    Other Engagements

    • Brazil Residency MountainStudents have visited the Christ the Redeemer Statue (Cristo Redentor) on Corcovado Mountain for a team building leadership development exercise.
    • Students once investigated Carnival by visiting the Sambadrome — the site of the annual two-week event for which all business in Rio and much of Brazil stops — and learned about Carnival's large economic impact. The visit included a lesson in Samba dancing by world-renowned choreographer and dance instructor, Jaime Aroxa.

    Student Testimonials