Center for Emerging Markets

REGION: Global

Research, Academic

Welcome to Northeastern University’s Center for Emerging Markets (CEM), which was founded in 2007 in anticipation of the rise of these countries in the global economy! It is today a leading center for research on business and public policy issues faced by firms operating in these countries. CEM is dedicated to conducting research on how organizations can leverage high-growth emerging markets for global competitive advantage and to disseminating best practices to managers, policy makers, students, and academics. 

CEM was launched with seed money from the Liberty Mutual Foundation and subsequently won a 3-year grant from the US Department of Education. 

CEM consists of 60 outstanding faculty-associates from NU’s D’Amore-McKim School of Business, the College of Social Sciences and Humanities, the College of Arts, the Law School, and the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Its faculty associates conduct research on how firms can leverage high-growth emerging markets for global competitive advantage and disseminate best practices for success in these countries. It is housed in the business school. 

Through research seminars, travel support, and conferences, CEM has promoted research on important topics, such as competitive advantages of new multinationals from emerging markets, or the nature of innovation in and for these countries. The faculty’s impressive contributions to research can be found on this site. 

The Center also organizes events on campus for students, featuring distinguished speakers such as the Governor of Massachusetts and the Deputy Director-General of the WTO. It has promoted study trips for students to countries like Argentina, Chile, China, India, and Russia, and helped them find and take up co-op jobs in these countries. 

CEM works closely with practitioners and managers, and is guided by a distinguished External Advisory Board. Over the years it has organized several symposia and events for the business community. 

CEM welcomes scholars and practitioners from everywhere to visit the Center to share their research, interact with Center faculty, or to reflect on and develop important research ideas.



Title: Director, D'Amore-McKim School of Business, Distinguished Professor of International Business and Strategy

Ravi Ramamurti

Director, D'Amore-McKim School of Business, Distinguished Professor of International Business and Strategy

The Center of Emerging Markets had another good year, despite cutbacks in government funding for international education and transitions within the school. The number of faculty associates continued to grow to over 60, from across the colleges of business, law, social sciences, and criminology. The Center’s reputation for applied research continues to strengthen, thanks to the expanding publications of its faculty associates and the prizes their research is winning. There has also been an increase in the number of academics interested in spending time at CEM as visiting scholars.

Opportunities for students to study and work in emerging markets have also grown, because of field study trips organized by CEM faculty associates, including several done as part of NU’s signature Dialogue of Civilizations program. The Center organized a number of events for students and the business community, including a talk by the WTO’s Deputy Director General. We were delighted that Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick inaugurated the 2012 Emerging Markets symposium in July 2012, underlining the growing importance of these economies to the Bay state and the U.S.

CEM’s strong foundations were laid by the late dean Thomas Moore, and it is sustained by the passion and energy of its faculty associates. We look forward to taking CEM to greater heights under dean Hugh Courtney.

Center for Emerging Markets News

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360 Huntington Ave.
Boston Massachusetts - 02115
United States
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