William Davidson Institute

Established at the University of Michigan in 1992, the William Davidson Institute (WDI) is an independent, nonprofit, research and educational organization dedicated to providing private sector solutions in emerging markets.

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WDI Returns to U-M Campus

WDI celebrated its return to the University of Michigan campus and its newly-renovated Wyly Hall offices with a staff lunch June 1 that included the Institute’s board of directors.

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In the Philippines, Bridging Career Centers and Employers

In collaboration with key partners, WDI last month organized a conference in the Philippines that brought together university career service professionals and industry partners to share experiences, progress and best practices for moving graduates from the classroom to the workplace.

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WDI Launches Entrepreneurship Development Center

WDI’s Education Initiative is launching the Entrepreneurship Development Center for Emerging Markets (EDC), harnessing 15 years of experience helping entrepreneurs in emerging markets grow their ventures through education, training and consulting.

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Market-based Solutions in Emerging Economies

Through a unique structure that integrates research, field-based collaborations, education/training, publishing, and University of Michigan student opportunities, WDI creates long-term value for academic institutions, partner organizations, and donor agencies active in emerging markets. WDI also provides a forum for academics, policymakers, business leaders, and development experts to enhance their understanding of these economies. Our mission is to create true, sustainable solutions. Our work spans understanding, testing, and implementing actionable, private-sector business models which address the challenges and opportunities in emerging markets.


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Kim Ian's Dairy Delights An Enterprise in Transition
Kim Ian Dumagco is realizing that running an independent start-up business is tougher than managing a student start-up. He first launched his goat’s milk-based cream cheese business, Kim Ian’s Dairy…
Publication Date: 12/12/2014 Product ID: 1-000-900
Milk Gone Wrong
Nerissa Baldemor manages Quality Assurance as well as R&D at Hacienda Macalauan, a milk supplier for hotels, restaurants, catering, and major supermarkets. When the corporation encounters a breach in its…
Publication Date: 01/13/2017 Product ID: 1-006-900
Maria's Sisters A Rice Crisis
Maria’s Sisters recently launched a livelihood project for its members, composed of women of the Velez district on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines. The program distributed bags of…
Publication Date: 11/09/2016 Product ID: 1-006-800
A Taste of the Future: ASEAN Milk Sweets Distribution in Pangasinan, Philippines
Pronto Distributor aims to deliver quality products from a number of suppliers to stores within the Philippines and faces pressure to increase sales from one of its confectionary suppliers, UNIFAM.…
Publication Date: 01/13/2017 Product ID: 1-006-700
Built to Last? The Garpaz Enterprises’ Buildings in Baguio City
Garpaz Enterprises, a commercial leasing firm, faces a looming crisis. Their occupancy rates are falling, and the owners of this small, family-owned business do not know why. The owners have…
Publication Date: 11/09/2016 Product ID: 1-006-600
Active Microtechnology Solutions, Inc. Solution Simplified to Override
Jenny Perez created Active Microtechnology Solutions to serve as a b2b solution to provide repair and restoration services for computer equipment that would otherwise be discarded. Having established a reliable…
Publication Date: 11/09/2016 Product ID: 1-006-500
Watered Down The Quest for Access in an Island Community
The island of Bantayan, Philippines is undergoing a significant transformation as NGO’s work with the community to modernize the island, replacing traditional homes of leaves and corrugated metal with concrete…
Publication Date: 11/09/2016 Product ID: 1-006-400
Crossroads for a Young Entrepreneur Wings of Fame
Crossroads for a Young Entrepreneur details a career dilemma faced by Jaap Bala, a recent graduate, who created a successful business with his peers while at university and now faces…
Publication Date: 11/09/2016 Product ID: 1-006-300
STPC Cooperative Can we really do it on our own?
The Sampaloc Talisay Producers Cooperative, formed in 2006, is a local cooperative that allows local producers to process milkfish to sell in the local economy. The case study walks students…
Publication Date: 11/09/2016 Product ID: 1-006-200
REFMAD-V Enterprise’s Vine of Life Quo Vadis?
Edita Aguinaldo-Dacuycuy is a dragon fruit grower in Ilocos Norte, Philippines and has been slowly increasing capacity throughout the years. As her plantation has grown, she forged partnerships with other…
Publication Date: 11/09/2016 Product ID: 1-006-100

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