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Managing Development in Emerging Countries (19CIE00809)

General information






S semester

ECTS Credits:


Teaching Staff:

Group Teacher Department Language
Jaume Maranges Bayó Ciencias Sociales ENG
Josep F. Mària Serrano Ciencias Sociales ENG


No prerequistes needed for attending this course.

This course is MANDATORY for students wishing to participate in the Solidarity Internship Program of SUD ESADE. Nevertheless, taking the course does not guarantee a place in the SUD Program as the Program has its own selection process including other variables for eligibility of students. Furthermore, the number of places available for the Internship changes from year to year. For more information related to the SUD Program please address the SUD ESADE Department (

Previous Knowledge

General knowledge about Management.

Workload distribution

- Class Attendance -17.5 hours
- Preparation of sessions - 4 hours
- Final Reflection Assignment - 4 hours


In the training of a manager, ESADE considers essential to get insights in the context of a global economy, and specifically about the situation of citizens living in emerging countries. This course is a mere introduction on some of the aspects involved in the development of a region considering the dynamics of 3 main groups of actors that have an important role in development: public administration, private companies and non-profit organizations.
This course is mandatory for students wishing to participate in the Solidarity Internship Program of SUD ESADE. If you are NOT interested in the SUD Program you can also take this course as it is opened and welcomes all students interested in learning about the dynamics of management in emerging countries (private firms, NGOs, Public Adminstrations or other organizations).

Course Learning Objectives

1) Presentation of the main global problems and of a model of analysis to understand the dynamics of developing countries (multifaceted approach: techno-economic, sociopolitical and cultural).
2) Specific analyses in three regions: Asia, Africa and Latin America from the perspective of the private sector, public administrations or NGOs/development agencies.
3) Learning skills and examples of management and leadership in developing countries: impact measurement, microfinance, social entrepreneurship.


1. Introduction and objectives of the course

2. Global development problems and global institutions

3. Model of development analysis in an Emerging Country

4. Managing Development in an African Country

5. Managing Development in a Latin American Country

6. Managing Development in an Asian Country

7. Consulting Services in Developing Areas - Microfinance, Social Entrepreneurship, Impact Measurement

8. Extractive Industries and Local Communities. An African Case.

9. Leadership in Emerging Countries


- Theoretical framework mixed with case studies based on real stories.
- Mandatory readings on the society, culture and economic performance.
- Lectures by professors and guests speakers who are currently working or have worked in a developing country.



Description %
Attendance and Participation 50
Final Report Assignment 50

Assessment criteria

Appropriate preparation and active participation in the sessions is key in the learning process.
Capacity of reflection and of elaborating a personal and intellectually founded position in development issues.


Amartya K.Sen (2000) Development as Freedom, Anchor Books
David Landes (1998) "The wealth and poverty of nations: why some are so rich and some so poor"
J.F. Mària, JM Lozano (2011) Inclusive Leadership in NIcaragua and the DRC.. IN: Millar, C. and Poole, E. (eds) Ethical Leadership. Global Challenges and perspectives. Palgrave, 109-125.
J.F. Mària (2016) Supporting Development in Ghana. A Mining Company's Community Investment Dilemmas. ESADE Teaching Case.
Michael Walzer (1999) International Society: What is the Best We Can Do? Ethical Perspectives 6 (1999) -3-4, 201-210

Timetable and sections

Group Teacher Department
Jaume Maranges Bayó Ciencias Sociales
Josep F. Mària Serrano Ciencias Sociales