Brandeis International Business School

The Perlmutter Institute for Global Business Leadership

The Perlmutter Institute explores the intersection of business, the global economy, government and civil society.
Barbara and Louis '56 Perlmutter

Barbara and Louis '56 Perlmutter

Established by trustees Louis Perlmutter '56 and Barbara Perlmutter, the Perlmutter Institute for Global Business Leadership prepares students for leadership positions in global corporations throughout the world.

Using a multifaceted, holistic approach, the Institute also focuses on leadership in a globally independent world, promoting contrasting values of the profit motive and the public good.

The Perlmutter Award for Excellence in Global Business Leadership

The Perlmutter Award for Excellence in Global Business Leadership is given to a highly select group of individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership worldwide. It particularly honors those whose careers in business, finance, government and related fields embody the values promoted by the Perlmutter Institute for Global Business Leadership — a vision that transcends national borders, the highest levels of professionalism and a commitment to the global community and its prosperity. 

Previous Winners

Sir Ronald Cohen

Sir Ronald Cohen

Chairman of the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment

Aron Ain holding Perlmutter Award

Aron J. Ain

CEO and chairman of UKG (Ultimate Kronos Group)

Infor CEO Charles Phillips, Barbara Perlmutter and Brandeis Trustee Louis Perlmutter '56

Charles Phillips

CEO of Infor

Eric A. Spiegel

President and CEO of Siemens USA

Jay Hooley

CEO of State Street

Stanley M. Bergman

CEO and Chairman of Henry Schein, Inc.

Niall FitzGerald

KBE, former Chairman and CEO of Unilever and Deputy Chairman of Thomson Reuters

Henrique Meirelles

Governor of the Central Bank of Brazil

Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Development Goals

The Perlmutter Institute for Global Business Leadership and Brandeis International Business School support the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME). PRME is an initiative of the United Nations Global Compact, a global movement driven by the mission to transform management education and develop responsible decision-makers capable of advancing sustainable development.

From the Dorm Room to the Board Room with Andy Molinsky

Discover the secrets to early career success

Navigating the transition from college to the real world is hard. Learn how some of the world's brightest leaders and entrepreneurs hit their stride and found the confidence to launch successful careers. Host Andy Molinsky of Brandeis International Business School brings a wealth of knowledge and research to this podcast for ambitious students and young professionals.

Faculty Director: Aldo Musacchio

Aldo Musacchio is a Professor of Management and Economics at Brandeis International Business School. He is also a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). Prior to joining Brandeis, Prof. Musacchio was an associate professor at Harvard Business School (HBS), where he taught macroeconomics and international business to MBAs and executives for 10 years.  He has a Ph. D. from Stanford University and a B.A. in Economics with highest honors from ITAM in Mexico City. He has written four books and numerous academic papers looking at how firms adapt to adverse institutional environments in frontier and emerging markets, and how firms in emerging markets use and abuse the support governments give to national champions. In his book Reinventing State Capitalism he examines the performance implications of different governance arrangements in state-owned enterprises and the effects that investments and loans from government banks have on the performance of private firms. In These are the Good Old Days, he examines the entry strategies of foreign banks into Mexico since the 1990s and argues that even though their risk aversion has decreased bank instability, it has reduced firm access to bank loans. Professor Musacchio has written more than twenty HBS case studies and has a Harvard Business Review article on the challenges and opportunities of doing business in frontier markets. Musacchio is also an active angel investor in startups in Silicon Valley and Latin America and serves on the boards of nonprofits in the Boston area. He often consults for the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank on governance reform in the state sector in Latin America. 

Perlmutter Leadership and Board Fellows

Fellows discussing project on a virtual Zoom call

In May 2020, Professor Gene Miller saw the need to help nonprofits curb the losses they incurred as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Through the Perlmutter Fellowship, Professor Miller recruited Adam Fleishaker '21, Mitchell Dodell '21 and Daniel Khudyak ’17, MA ’20 to create a solution.

The Institute actively supports and helps sponsor students who work directly with organizations as part of experiential courses. These are courses that place undergraduate and graduate students working directly with organizations in the Boston area as interns either working directly with management or with the board of directors. Among them, the Perlmutter Leadership Fellows work with organizations in the Boston area during the summer to solve pressing issues, allowing them to have real-life leadership experiences.

During the academic year, the Institute sponsors students as Perlmutter Board Fellows to work, under the mentoring of Professor Gene Miller, directly for the board of directors of organizations in the Boston area. The projects they undertake have high impact either on environmental, social or governance aspects of the organization.


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Advance: Discover the Secrets to Early Career Success

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