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Israel Study Trip

On March 3-11, 2018, a group of Desautels students will leverage real-world experiences from a week-long study trip in Israel travelling to Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Be’er Sheva.

Photo credit: Dana-Friedlander @israeltourism

Israel Study Trip

The Israel Study Trip took place this Winter Break (March 3-11, 2018) with 7 undergraduate students, coordinated by Professor Brian Rubineau. This year's destinations: Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Be’er Sheva.

About the Study Trip

The study trip is part of the Social Leadership, Entrepreneurship, & Sustainability – Perspectives from Israel class.

Using an organizational behavior perspective, and leveraging real-world experiences from a week-long study trip in Israel, the course examines and integrates 3 themes: Social Leadership, Entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship, and Sustainability.

  • Israel is an exemplar in each of the first two themes. Israel is second only to Canada in its nonprofit sector’s contributions to GDP. Israel is also known as the “Startup Nation,” and routinely tops international rankings for innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • The third theme, Sustainability, is an increasingly important consideration for all organizations around the world, but often viewed as having important overlaps with both the social sector and the technological innovation sector.

This course scrutinizes these themes and examines how real-world Israeli organizations manage these overlaps.

Prior to the study trip, there will be 3 (evening) lecture / discussion meetings – one per theme – taking place at McGill in January and February. The theoretical perspectives offered by these will be contrasted with a series of organization and speaker visits in Israel with organizations whose work integrates one or more of these themes into their mission and operations.

BCom Students

For BCom students, this course will fulfill requirements as a complementary course for:

  • Major in Organizational Behaviour
  • Concentration in Organizational Behaviour
  • Major in Managing for Sustainability (to substitute for ORGB 401 OR MSUS 434)
  • Concentration in Managing for Sustainability
  • Major in Strategic Management (only one of the trips permitted:  MGPO 402 Dynamic Cities OR ORGB 434 – Israel Trip)
  • Concentration in Strategic Management – Social Business & Enterprise

Special Topics in Organizational Behaviour

ORGB 434 Topics in OB 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Interested in participating?

Download the Course outline, fill out the Interest survey and contact Professor Brian Rubineau at IsraelStudyTrip [at] (subject: Israel%20Study%20Trip) for any additional questions.