Jonathan Sims, Assistant Professor
Fall Semester 2019
Information Session Dates
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
5:00 - 6:00 PM
Monday, April 8, 2019, 4:00 PM ET
Initial Application Deadline
Thursday, April 18, 2019, 11:59 PM ET
Rolling Application Opens
Monday, April 29, 2019, 9:00 AM ET
Rolling Application Deadline
Sunday, July 28, 2019, 11:59 PM ET
(Applications reviewed at the end of the month: May-July)
Mandatory Course Dates
No partial participation is allowed.
Admitted students must participate in ALL program activities.
Pre-Departure Class #1
Friday, September 13, 2019
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Pre-Departure Class #2
Friday, September 27, 2019
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Pre-Departure Class #3
Friday, October 18, 2019
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Pre-Departure Class #4
Friday, November 8, 2019
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Course Travel: Friday, November 22 (morning) - Sunday, December 1, 2019 Class Dates: Saturday, November 23 - Saturday, November 30, 2019
Friday, December 6, 2019 – To Be Confirmed (During Finals Week)
Contemporary Strategic Issues in Chile provides undergraduate students an opportunity to examine the current macro-economic, social and political trends in Chile, and to directly interact with Chilean executives and entrepreneurs to examine how those trends affect the strategies of a variety of Chilean organizations, including entrepreneurial ventures, non-profit initiatives, and large established corporations.
Chile has transformed over the past 40 years into a worldwide leader in innovation, entrepreneurship and economic growth. The goal of this course is twofold. First, we will develop an understanding of how political, social and economic events helped transform Chile. Second, we will examine first-hand the challenges and opportunities Chilean businesses – large and small – face in the 21st century.
Before departing for Chile, four required pre-departure class sessions will provide students with a strong foundation in current political and economic trends affecting Chilean businesses. While in Chile, students will interact directly with Chilean entrepreneurs, executives, and non-profit leaders. They will have the opportunity to see, first-hand, how entrepreneurs and executives operate in a different country, and to explore the beautiful towns of Santiago and Valparaiso.
Sophomore, junior, or senior.
Student must be, and remain, in good academic standing with the college for duration of the course.
Student must be in good standing with the Office of Community Standards by time of travel.
Preference will be given to applicants who have completed ASM 3300 or those who are taking ASM 3300 concurrently in the fall semester.
All students will travel on group air ticket Boston, MA <--> Santiago, Chile
The program fee includes the following transportation: airport transfers in the US and Chile and group ground transportation.
Students should also expect to pay for additional individual transportation around the city and to do significant walking.
Breakfast will be provided at the hotel.
The following meals are also included in the program fee: welcome dinner, alumni reception, and farewell dinner.
Students are responsible for paying for most lunches and dinners on their own.
Students with food allergies, intolerances, or other dietary restrictions are encouraged to contact their Program Manager prior to committing to the course to discuss any questions or concerns.
Estimated Total Cost: $4,250 + Tuition (4 credits)
Program Fee: $3,600
Included: Accommodations, breakfast, airport transport, group flight (BOS - SCL), group ground transportation, program planned meals, and cultural excursions.
Not included: Tuition, visa costs, additional meals, and personal expenses.
Payment: The program fee is paid to the Glavin Office.
Cancellation Policy: All students who confirm their placement and later withdraw from the course are subject to the Elective Abroad cancellation policy. Please review this policy to understand any additional financial obligations.
Babson Tuition: 4-Credits
Tuition is paid directly to SFS and is included in the fall/spring semester flat rate tuition charge (up to 20 credits).
To discuss tuition or your financial situation or to learn about grant opportunities, visit Student Financial Services.
Travel & Meals: $650
Estimated Additional Meals: $450
Estimated Incidentals: $200
Incidentals and additional meals (lunches and dinners) are based on estimated expenses from the ** 2017-2018 course
Expenses may be higher or lower depending on student's meal preferences.
Visa (if applicable)
All students are asked to research the visa requirements for their nationality to travel to the Chile (including countries transited through) before committing to the course.
Students are responsible for securing visas (as needed) before travel.
Jonathan Sims is an Assistant Professor of Strategic Management at Babson College, where he teaches business strategy courses at the undergraduate and MBA levels. He holds a Ph.D. in Management from the University of Texas at Austin, an MBA from the University of Maryland, and a BA in Political Science and Economics from Emory University.
Dr. Sims' research and teaching programs lie at the intersection of strategy, entrepreneurship, and open innovation. Broadly, he is interested in how entrepreneurial companies develop and implement technology strategies in cooperation with external communities. His work has been published in journals including Strategic Organization, Industrial and Corporate Change, Industry and Innovation, and MIT Sloan Management Review.
Before returning to academia, Jonathan was an entrepreneur and independent consultant to both non-profit and for-profit ventures, as well as a program manager for the Office of the CIO at Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Laura Carfang has worked at Babson for over 6 years and has participated on a number of elective abroad programs with both graduate and undergraduate students. She received her BA in fine arts, her MA in Italian literature and linguistics, and her doctorate in Education. As a lifelong learner and celebrator, she enjoys working with students in the promotion and development of intercultural competence both in the classroom and through immersion. Laura embraces the entrepreneurial spirit of Babson working as the Associate Director in the office of Graduate Academic Services team and has launched her own venture in the startup non-profit health care and educational space. She cannot wait to meet the students as we explore and learn in Chile Fall 2019!
Alex Nesbeda, Senior Program Manager for the Short-Term Programs team, manages the programming for Electives Abroad & Away, International Consulting Experience, and the Global Entrepreneurship Experience for the undergraduate and graduate student populations. She is the program manager for undergraduate Electives Abroad in Japan, Germany, Uruguay/Argentina, and Israel; the undergraduate Elective Away in Manhattan; the graduate Elective Abroad in Italy; and the MSEL Global Entrepreneurship Experience in Tanzania. She also handles the risk management for the Affordable Design and Entrepreneurship (ADE) program.