By Kinga Biró, Hungary
I am a senior researcher at Mathias Corvinus Collegium in Hungary. It has been five weeks since I arrived in Boston as part of the Study of the Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars (SUSI) intensive academic program. After a four-week stay in Boston, we started our study tour to NYC and Washington D.C.
I am delighted to share with you one of our days in New York City. We began the day at New York University’s (NYU) Stern School of Business, where Professor J.P. Eggers presented a theory outlining how digital distribution platforms affect how industry actors create and capture value. Through the example of the food delivery platforms, we discussed the impact of digital distribution platforms on businesses, the benefits, and harms, and also got a better understand how the COVID-19 crisis affected the restaurants. The professor presented a case study of the restaurants industry in urban locations across the United States and examined the relationship between delivery platform penetration and restaurant outcomes. Through this course, we add to our understanding of how digital distribution platforms alter competitive dynamics in the industries they enter.
After the NYU in the afternoon, we explored the SoHo neighborhood and the Brooklyn Bridge. Walking across the iconic bridge, viewing the Manhattan skyline in the distance, was truly a remarkable moment, especially at sunset. We finished the day with a culinary experience in Chinatown. First, we visited a Mahayana Buddhist temple and then we had a chance to taste Dim Sum which was a fantastic closing to the day.
The SUSI program has been one of the most remarkable professional, academic, cultural, and culinary experiences of my life, with the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the U.S. economy and sustainability, and the time spent with the scholars provided an unforgettable cultural exchange.
I would like to express my gratitude to the Institute for Training and Development (ITD) team, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Embassy in Hungary, the Fulbright Commission, and Mathias Corvinus Collegium.
All opinions expressed by the program participants are their own and do not represent nor reflect official views from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, or of the Institute for Training and Development.
All opinions expressed by the program participants are their own and do not represent nor reflect official views from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, or of the Institute for Training and Development, Inc.