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Business is Global. Business Educators Need to be Global.


9/2/2005

Tomorrow’s educators and researchers will need an international focus and an understanding of how global concerns influence business.

    US companies and multinationals are adapting to the increasing international flavor of business. Future generation of business leaders will face an even more complex and global business environment.

    The International Doctoral Education in Business Conference hosted by CIBER in July provided PhD students and candidates with information about incorporating an international perspective into their teaching and research. The three-day workshop offered ample time for networking in addition to the full schedule of workshops with sessions on internationalizing teaching, research, and publishing across fields and gauging trends in the business community. Each session included the “why” of making education at all levels more global and incorporating an international perspective. Database resources for international research was the subject of a hands-on workshop that ended the three-day workshop sponsored by the University of Illinois CIBER and CIBERs at ten other universities around the country.

    One session, entitled “Views from the Business Community,” touched on elements that should be present in an internationalized business curriculum. Presenter Louis L. Straney from The Ohio State University, formerly with investment giant Smith Barney, said that business graduates are like a product being sold to corporations. In order for those graduates to be valuable to a company, they must have “something extra.” That “something extra” is knowledge about how global business works. Because so many corporations have moved production overseas and are looking for executives to work in their overseas branches, business-school graduates should work to be adaptable and able to deal with different cultures. Straney believes that it is the responsibility of doctoral candidates to develop curricula that will produced graduates who are needed in the business community.

    At the same session, George Baillie of Indiana University and formerly with Otis and Sri Ramamoorti of Ernst & Young argued that teaching styles shouldn’t just incorporate international business topics in as a sidebar to the business curriculum. They advocate revamping the entire curriculum to incorporate the global aspects of business. In a later session on internationalizing teaching, Roberto Garcia from Indiana University showed how to incorporate video clips into the classroom and Kevin Waspi from the College of Business at the University of Illinois demonstrated an international trading simulation.

    The Internationalizing Doctoral Education in Business conference was planned for doctoral students who are interested in incorporating an international dimension into their teaching and research. Attendees came to the Urbana campus from 15 institutions across the US, including Columbia, George Mason University, Michigan State University, Purdue, Temple, and University of Pittsburgh. The participants enjoyed the opportunity to meet other doctoral students and to interact with the presenters and moderators.

Evaluations were positive, with one graduate student calling the workshop “excellent, all the sessions were useful, interesting, and relevant.”

    --Amber Baker, August 2005

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