Business is Global.
Business Educators Need to be Global.
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
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
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
Evaluations were positive, with one graduate student calling the workshop “excellent, all the sessions were useful, interesting, and relevant.”
--Amber Baker, August 2005