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William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan (WDI)
Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
Last updated on 28 Apr 2022
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Established at the University of Michigan (U-M) in 1992, the William Davidson Institute (WDI) is an independent, non-profit research and educational organization. Serving both profit-seeking and non-profit firms, WDI is guided by our founding principle that thriving businesses drive economic development and improve social welfare in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Through our close relationship with the Ross School of Business and other schools within the U-M, WDI leverages academic knowledge, experience, and resources across many disciplines. Our consulting work focuses on developing, adapting, and applying sound business principles in four interrelated sectors necessary for a thriving economy: energy, professional education, healthcare and finance, in addition to offering performance measurement and improvement services that span these sectors. Through our Entrepreneurship Development Center, we collaborate with partners to develop in-person and virtual entrepreneurship training programs based on local context and best practices. WDI also manages NextBillion, a leading blog that focuses on private sector innovations in LMICs; and WDI Publishing, which produces and distributes high-quality business cases and teaching materials for use around the globe.

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