SOLVING FOR BUSINESS: BECAUSE BUSINESS DRIVES ECONOMIC GROWTH AND SOCIAL FREEDOM
At the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan, unlocking the power of business to provide lasting economic and social prosperity in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) is in our DNA. We gather the data, develop new models, test concepts and collaborate with partners to find real solutions that lead to new opportunities. This is what we mean by Solving for Business—our calling since the Institute was first founded as an independent nonprofit educational organization in 1992. We believe societies that empower individuals with the tools and skills to excel in business, in turn generate both economic growth and social freedom—or the agency necessary for people to thrive.
We endeavor to make this vision a reality by collaborating with local and multinational firms, University of Michigan scholars and enterprising students, as well as experts in a variety of fields. Our Consulting work focuses on developing, adapting and applying sound business principles in interrelated economic sectors that are essential for vibrant economies. Our Training programs incorporate the latest thinking in management education, consider the local context and help to shape learners into the global leaders of today and tomorrow.
Through our unique blend of field-based experience and academic rigor, we help to build both resilient leaders and stronger businesses in low- and middle-income countries.
WDI Energy Sector Consulting Services
The global transition away from fossil fuels toward renewable energy is creating new market opportunities in LMICs. WDI’s Energy Sector team works with energy and mobility innovators and entrepreneurs in LMICs to help them leverage this transition by developing and scaling profitable business models. Our work includes designing commercialization strategies and generating knowledge and tools that help companies navigate the energy transition and take advantage of emerging opportunities. We partner with University of Michigan faculty, students, and global experts working at the frontiers of solar, wind and other renewable energy solutions. In the mobility space, we also leverage the state of Michigan’s rich automotive heritage and vibrant mobility ecosystem to help our partners navigate the industry’s ongoing transformation and take advantage of new business opportunities.
Established in 2007, WDI Publishing is part of the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan. We work with faculty to professionally edit, distribute, and market high quality, cutting edge, business case studies for adoption into courses at top-ranked universities globally. Through our e-commerce site, wdi-publishing.com, we offer a large, searchable catalog of over 600 cases within core business disciplines, as well as international business and social impact topic areas. WDI Publishing cases have been adopted by over 800 universities worldwide.