About This Theme

Theme active: September 2020-present

The interdisciplinary themes provide a nexus for faculty collaboration across the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, focusing on research, broad teaching and learning initiatives, and external engagement.

The Emerging Markets theme was launched on September 18, 2020, in an event convening and celebrating faculty who will work together broadly across the SC Johnson College and Cornell University to study and understand evolving economies and quality of life around the world.

November 3, 2022: Emerging Markets Theme – PhD Research Day The Emerging Markets Institute in collaboration with China Institute for China Economic Research (CICER), the Cornell China Center, and the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute is hosting a PhD Research Day on Thursday, November 3.  The workshop will be held at Cornell’s Cornell Tech Campus in New York City.

We will also feature a number of presentations from eminent faculty during the workshop.  If you are interested in presenting your research, please send a half page abstract of the paper you wish to present to Andrew Foley (ajf283@cornell.edu). Limited funding is also available for presenters. Applications will be accepted through October 1, 2022.

Emerging Markets Speaker Series

The Emerging Markets Speaker Series is an initiative of the Emerging Markets Theme of the Cornell S.C. Johnson College of Business, which focuses on engaging students and faculty in discourse over the role of emerging markets in an increasingly connected world. In 2022, the theme received Rodrigo Canales(Yale University), Valentina Assenova (University of Pennsylvania), Subrina Shen (University of Texas at Austin), Julia Zhu (Cornell University), and Tarun Khanna (Harvard University). Some of the presentations can be found on Emerging Markets Institute’s YouTube channel.

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Key Areas

Emerging Markets is an interdisciplinary theme of the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business. Its vision is to collaborate for thought leadership and to create a hub of cutting-edge research, innovative teaching, and collaborative industry engagement for the study and understanding of evolving economies and quality of life around the world.

Cornell has a rigorous presence in many areas that makes us a leader in the understanding of emerging markets:

  • Global strategy
  • International business
  • Development
  • Trade and investment

Theme Outcomes


Collaborative Research

Cornell SC Johnson College of Business faculty collaborate in many ways to expand understanding of emerging markets. Some recent examples include Dyson faculty members Shanjun Li and Panle Jia Barwick’s paper Road Rationing Policies and Housing Markets.

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The emerging markets theme actively involves students, faculty and the community in various ways including – Thought leadership seminar series, articles/ research, conferences and more.



The Emerging Markets theme supports educational opportunities, including the Emerging Markets Fellows Program for Johnson MBA students, and the Cornell Institute for China Economic Research (CICER) summer program for undergraduates in China.

Research Spotlight

Chris Marquis Examines the B Corp Movement

Marquis’ current teaching and research is broadly focused on the two areas of social innovation and change and doing business in China. His latest book, Better Business: How the B Corp Movement Is Remaking Capitalism, focuses on the potential for stakeholder governance models to reform capitalism.

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Casanova, Miroux Compare Multinationals: East and West

In The Era of Chinese Multinationals (Elsevier: http://bit.ly/bookchina), Lourdes Casanova and Anne Miroux examine how Chinese multinationals compare with western multinationals in terms of revenues, profits, branding, and business strategy.

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Andrew Karolyi Outlines Evaluation Strategies

Investors are constantly looking for the next foreign market on the brink of expansive growth. In Cracking the Emerging Markets Enigma, Andrew Karolyi outlines a practical strategy for evaluating the opportunities and risks of investing in emerging markets. 

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News and Highlights

Anne Miroux

Miroux Contributes to Award-Winning Investment Report

Emerging Markets Institute Faculty Fellow Anne Miroux was on the team which won AIB’s Presidential Award, for her work on UNCTAD’s World Investment Report (WIR). Anne served as the only woman WIR director from 2005-2009 before becoming Director of Technology and Logistics.


Emerging Markets Theme Seminar Series Began February 5, 2021

Ricardo Hausmann, Cornell PhD, currently at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, will inaugurate the monthly Emerging Markets Theme Seminar Series, speaking from noon-1:00 pm on February 5.  Click the link below to register.


Marquis's Book a Porchlight Finalist

Chris Marquis’s book Better Business was a Finalist for the 2020 Porchlight Management and Workplace Culture Book of the Year award. In it, Marquis reports on the rise of a new corporate form –the B Corporation – whose companies put social and environmental concerns on equal footing with profit.


Faculty Co-directors

Arnab K. Basu

Arnab K. Basu

Professor, Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
Lourdes S. Casanova

Lourdes S. Casanova

Senior Lecturer, Gail and Roberto Cañizares Director of the Emerging Markets Institute
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Christopher Marquis

Samuel C. Johnson Professor in Sustainable Global Enterprise, Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management

Steering Committee Leadership

Christopher B. Barrett

Stephen B. and Janice G. Ashley Professor Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management

Arnab Basu

Professor Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management

Kaushik Basu

Professor, Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management

Lourdes S. Casanova

Senior Lecturer and Gail and Roberto Cañizares Director of the Emerging Markets Institute

Christopher Marquis

Samuel C. Johnson Professor Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management

G. Andrew Karolyi

Harold Bierman, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Management and Deputy Dean and Dean of Academic Affairs

Eswar Prasad

Nandlal P. Tolani Senior Professor of International Trade Policy Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management

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Supporting Organizations

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