The Center for Emerging Markets (CEM) at Northeastern University's D'Amore-McKim School of Business is a leading research hub on how local and foreign firms can leverage emerging markets for the global good.  

Founded in 2007 by Ravi Ramamurti, University Distinguished Professor of International Business & Strategy, CEM operates in three distinct areas, including a robust research agenda; significant work to influence business practitioners; and educational activities designed to prepare the next generation of business leaders.

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Insights @ Center for Emerging Markets

Insights @ Center for Emerging Markets is a publication focused on cutting-edge ideas and advice for global leaders about emerging markets. It draws on the innovative research on emerging markets carried out by our faculty at Northeastern University and the broader academic community.

Our fourth issue, exploring the topic of sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in emerging markets, was released in December 2023.

The fifth issue of Insights is set to be released in May 2024.

Srinivasan Family Awards for Projects in Emerging Markets

The Center for Emerging Markets invites grant proposals from undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in full-time programs at Northeastern University to create a startup, take part in a service-learning project, present or publish research, organize a conference, or pursue another innovative project that addresses pressing problems in one or more emerging markets around the world in a novel and/or innovative way.

CEM accepts applications on a rolling basis each semester.

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Meet our Spring 2024 CEM Student Associates

At the end of the spring semester, CEM recognized five undergraduate students dedicated to furthering their understanding of emerging markets as the newest class of CEM Student Associates.

Amitabh Kant gives Vivek and Vandana Sharma India Lecture

On April 23, Amitabh Kant, India's G20 Sherpa and former CEO of NITI Aayog, and Sharad Sharma, Co-Founder of ProductNation/iSPIRT Foundation, joined CEM for a fireside chat on India's growing role on the world stage

The Promise of AI and Other Enterprise Technologies

Suresh Muthuswami, Chairman of North America for Tata Consultancy Services, shared his outlook on the promise of AI and other enterprise technologies in today's business world.

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Featured videos

From our India Lecture Series to symposia and research conferences, we provide numerous opportunities for distinguished speakers to share their latest insights on emerging markets. Find more videos like these in our YouTube playlist.

Suresh Muthuswami on the promise of AI and other enterprise technologies

Suresh Muthuswami on the promise of AI and other enterprise technologies Opens in Modal

Lele Sang on corporate success in China

Lele Sang on corporate success in China Opens in Modal

Kunal Bahl on building a successful e-commerce startup in India

Kunal Bahl on building a successful e-commerce startup in India Opens in Modal

About our Director

Ravi Ramamurti

Ravi Ramamurti, University Distinguished Professor and Founding Director of the Center for Emerging Markets, has published eight books on strategy and innovation in emerging markets and several award-winning articles on these topics. He was elected a fellow of the Academy of International Business (AIB) in 2008 and currently serves as Deputy Dean of the AIB Fellows.