MGMT7066 2019: San Francisco & Silicon Valley - Entrepreneurship & Innovation study Tour

San Francisco Bridge

Unfortunately the 2020 offering of MGMT7066 will not go ahead. This is due to the evolving Covid-19 situation, with uncertainty surrounding travel and quarantine restrictions until at least the middle of 2020. RSM is planning on offering the course in September 2021 and will update this site in early 2021 with information on that offering. Until then, the information below is a general guide for what to expect from the course, noting destination will be different each year. 

The over-arching goal of this in-country intensive course is to provide students enrolled in programs offered by the Research School of Management (RSM) with an exposure to cutting edge developments in the Entrepreneurship & Innovation business environment. Students will have site visits to corporations, social and environmental entrepreneurs, NGOs and government agencies in both San Francisco and Silicon Valley, one of the world’s leading centres for innovations and entrepreneurship. It will also provide an opportunity to understand the cultural and historical dimensions that shape business practice in the US in general and the unique characteristics of San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

This course will also emphasise personal and professional development in key areas such as leadership, management, marketing, entrepreneurship and international business. The study tour component of this course to San Francisco will be held from 3-12 September 2019.

The tour will provide an opportunity for up to 26 postgraduate students to travel together to San Francisco in September 2019 during the semester two teaching break, under the guidance of course convenor Dr Gary Buttriss and two other RSM staff.

This course is open to all postgraduate students who have completed at least 24 units towards their current postgraduate program at the ANU, and counts towards an elective in many RSM postgraduate programs. Note MGMT7066 is a course offered in the postgraduate International Business Specialisation.

If you are successful in your application to participate in this course, you will be required to attend two pre-departure seminars at ANU in August to prepare you for the in-country course component. There is also a post-departure seminar in September or October. 

In-country component

The study tour in San Francisco will be for 10 days (not including travel days to and from San Francisco) during the semester two teaching break in September 2019 - Tuesday 3rd September to Thursday 12th September inclusive.

The tour will begin on Tuesday 3rd September in San Francisco where you will meet the course convenor, RSM staff and other students before beginning the study tour activities, including San Francisco city tour and familiarisation, university campus tours, and visits to various organisations leading in entrepreneurship and innovation. You will participate in lectures from leading researchers and meet with your peers from Bay Area universities.

There will be a range of cultural activities unique to the US, and San Francisco and the Bay Area in particular.

There will also be some time set aside for students to explore and experience the unique city of San Francisco at their own leisure.

Tour activities will conclude on the afternoon of Thursday 12 September 2019. 

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

This course is open to all postgraduate students who have completed at least 24 units towards their current postgraduate program at the ANU, and counts towards an elective in many RSM postgraduate programs. Note MGMT7066 is a course offered in the postgraduate International Business Specialisation 

Preference will be given to RSM students who have successfully completed at least 24 units of their program at the time of applying.

Students from other College of Business and Economics programs and other ANU Colleges will need to seek enrolment approval and program advice from their respective Colleges.

Academic results may also be taken into consideration during the selection process.

Travel and Other Costs

The participation fee for the trip to San Francisco will be approximately $3000-$5000. This is in addition to your ANU course fee.

What’s included:
Hotel accommodation (twin-share), all breakfast meals plus some dinners, internet access, ground transport, airport transfer, entry fees, course materials and ANU’s travel insurance.

What’s not included:
Visa organisation and costs, airfares (range from AUD$1000-$1500), cultural activities, lunches and dinners, vaccinations and private travel insurance (for personal travel outside of the tour dates).

Application Details

Online applications have closed on Sunday 19 May 2019.

If you haven't already created an account with ANU Global Programs it will ask you to do so as the first step. Once you have completed all details to create an account select Winter 2019 and this will bring you to a page that has a questionnaire section. Click on the 'MGMT7066 Global Management Experience' link in the questionnaire section and complete the questions for application there. 

Note that as part of the application we are asking applicants to have email confirmation from CBE that your program (if a CBE/RSM student) allows for you to enrol in MGMT7066, either as part of the International Business Specialisation, or as an elective. If you are considering taking MGMT7066 this year (Winter session) and haven’t already gained approval from CBE (via email) to take this course, please do so in preparation for your application to the course. If you are a student in other Colleges at ANU (eg not CBE) you would need to attach email confirmation from your respective College confirming you are able to take MGMT7066. 

You will be advised of your application outcome by late May 2019.

If you are successful, you must be able to accept your place within one week of the offer, including making a non-refundable deposit of $500 to hold your place for the study tour. A permission code will be emailed for you to self-enrol on ISIS. This course will be held in the Winter 2019 session.

This offering of this course will be dependent on student application and enrolment numbers. Places in this course are limited to a maximum of 26 students. 



Updated:   21 August 2019 / Responsible Officer:  Director, Research School of Management / Page Contact:  College Web Team