Leadership Expedition to Patagonia

During January, twenty-six students from Columbia Business School (CBS) went on a 10-day backpacking expedition to Chile’s Patagonia region, led by Michael Morris, a professor in both CBSManagement Division and at Columbia’s Psychology Department, and with instructors from the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS).

January 26, 2018

The trip, held for the fifth consecutive year, teaches technical outdoor skills, sustainable environmental practices, and decision-making approaches in challenging situations. It was part of the global immersion programs offered by the Jerome A. Chazen Institute for Global Business, which serves as the hub of international activity at CBS.


This yearly expedition, which takes place in one of the world's most amazing classrooms, becomes a laboratory for expanding students’ leadership and teamwork repertoire. It is preceded by Campus sessions led by Morris and three practically oriented teaching assistant-led sessions.

During their field-trip, participating students hiked and camped for nine evenings, sleeping in tents on the mountain and preparing their own meals. They explored this remote world and experienced mercurial weather, conditions that will help them build resilience and tolerance for adversity and uncertainty - skills relevant in today's global economy. 

You can read participating students’ reflections in the following link: https://cbschazenstudenttravel.wordpress.com/2018/01/23/patagonia-2018-reflections-from-the-wilderness/

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