OBJECTIVE # 4
To nurture and promote entrepreneurship, international competitiveness of small and mid-size enterprises (SMEs), with special emphasis on technology start-ups and service businesses by facilitating research, Web support and training programs in cooperation with partner institutions and organizations.
We propose the following five programs to achieve this objective:
1.1.1.i Global Entrepreneurship in Technology Case Competition
The Fox School has a unique program in collaboration with Ben Gurion University in Israel in which our students collaborate with students at Ben Gurion on developing business plans for start-up technology companies. We plan on expanding this program to a university-wide effort to include medical, engineering, and other colleges at Temple. Students will propose ideas for new business ventures and work with the Fox School faculty on developing technology, marketing, and business plans. Students will then present their business concepts to venture capitalists in a case competition.
Women Entrepreneurship Program
This program is aimed at enhancing the knowledge and skills of women entrepreneurs, especially minority women, to engage in business ventures. Emphasis will be placed on exploring opportunities in international markets. A research component in this program will explore the skills and characteristics of successful women entrepreneurs.
1.5.2 Executive Outreach and Continuing Education in Global eBusiness
The Fox School’s eBusiness institute will offer a suite of programs and seminars on eBusiness for executives and students in the area. We propose giving a Certificate in eBusiness and also monthly “Executive Breakfast on eTrends” The objective of this program is to increase the knowledge of participants to engage in global eBusiness.
1.5.3 eBusiness Training for SMEs
This program is aimed at finding Web-based solutions to SMEs that wish to use the Web in internationalizing their operations. This 1 ½ day program will feature introductory lectures, case analysis, and a Web tour.
Training of SMEs Who Are New to Exporting
Temple CIBER will collaborate with Rowan University in Southern New Jersey, and Temple’s SBDC in offering “how to exporting,” foreign language translation and interpretation services, and help in building web sites.
OBJECTIVE # 5
To promote teaching of, and research on, the management of virtual global businesses and virtual business teams with effective adoption of eBusiness, multimedia, and information technologies
We propose the following two programs to achieve this objective:
Research and Workshops on Managing Global Virtual Teams
Increasingly, managers are working in cross-national and cross-cultural virtual team formats. How to manage a project in this environment, especially building trust among team members who are miles apart and often unseen, is a problem facing international companies. We will hold seminars and conduct research in this emerging field in international business.
1.4.3 International Virtual Team Projects for Graduate Business Students
We will develop a special case course in collaboration with DeSales University and ITESM in Mexico City. Students will be placed in cross-national teams and given the task of discussing a company case and recommending solutions. Students will communicate via the internet, and the interim and final reports will be presented via videoconferencing linking the three sites.
OBJECTIVE # 6
To facilitate and direct The Fox School of Business and Management towards realizing its full potential and capacity to achieve excellence in research and delivery of its programs that will help prepare its graduates for the challenges and demands of its stakeholders.
We propose the following three programs to achieve this objective:
1.1.1.ii Faculty Internships in High-Tech Clusters
We are proposing to sponsor one faculty member to spend a few weeks in a company located in a high-tech cluster in the U.S. or abroad. The objective here is to enhance the knowledge of the faculty member about innovation and product development in high-tech companies. This will add value to the faculty members’ teaching and research activities.
Support Web Site “Everything International”
Professor Russo at Philadelphia University has a very useful web portal “Everything International.” This international business portal gets in excess of 30,000 ‘hits’ per month. We will support his efforts in adding new features, such as a discussion board and chat room to the portal.
Annual Conference on Global Security and Ethical Issues
With the recent terrorist attack of September 11th, there has emerged a great concern about the security and protection of people, property, and information, in companies and society at large. Managing these concerns pose ethical dilemmas. We will hold an annual conference on issues on this topic with paper presenters and speakers from various disciplines such as law, political science, history, religion, information systems, and business.
TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY
HISTORY AND MISSION OF THE TAMU CIBER
The CIBER program and other federal programs intended to advance Americas geopolitical and economic security are authorized by Title VI of the Higher Education Act. The importance of these programs has been made even more evident by the terrorist war against America. The nature of this new threat to our nation makes international expertise and language skills essential tools for national defense. Further, it is more important than ever that American business possess the knowledge and skills to do business across national borders and across cultures.
This nations competitiveness in the global economy hinges on the ability of American managers to understand foreign cultures and business practices, to perceive and grasp overseas marketing and investment opportunities, to overcome language barriers, and to deal effectively with foreign governments and international institutions. Since 1990--in capacity, vision, and accomplishment--the CIBER at Texas A&M University has been a leader in providing students and business managers with these skills. Funding is requested to allow the TAMU CIBER to continue its educational, research, and outreach programs during the 2002-2006 period, and thus continue its role as a regional and national resource for American global economic competitiveness.
The TAMU CIBER is administratively housed in the Center for International Business Studies (CIBS) of the Mays College and Graduate School of Business Administration at Texas A&M University. The CIBER is headed by the Executive Director of International Business Programs, who reports directly to the Dean of the Mays College and serves with the Dean, the Associate Deans, and the Department Heads on the College Executive Committee, thus assuring that the international dimension of the College’s programs is never subordinated to the traditional academic business disciplines. The success of the CIBER stems from its integration into the structure of one of the nations largest and best business schools, the programmatic and financial synergies gained from operation in tandem with other CIBS programs (such as the Center for the Study of Western Hemispheric Trade), and the strong university-wide support and extensive resource base for international programs, which in turn has facilitated effective partnerships with the Colleges of Liberal Arts, Agriculture, and Engineering. The CIBER has made the most of these favorable environmental conditions by adhering to the following fundamental organizing and operating principles:
Utilize the strong commitment of the CBA and the University to globalization to promote the CIBERs objectives and secure administrative and financial support.
Build upon centers of excellence in the CBA and other TAMU colleges in developing programs.
Utilize non-CIBER resources where possible to promote internationalization and fund successful ongoing programs, while targeting CIBER funds to mount new initiatives, thus multiplying the impact of CIBER funding. As a case in point, the salary of the CIBER Executive Director and most of the salaries of the other full-time CIBER staff are paid from non-CIBER funds.
Attract outside resources to supplement CIBER funds, including other governmental funds, private donations, and foundation grants, to carry on educational, research, and outreach programs that achieve CIBER goals. (Since 1990, such external funding has amounted to more than $5 million, of which more than $2 million has been endowed, thus providing financial support in perpetuity.)
Utilize existing institutional linkages and organizations and build effective partnerships and strategic alliances with other CIBERs, foreign institutions, professional associations, and governmental agencies. At present, as examples, collaborative arrangements are in place with 24 of the other 27 CIBERs, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the North American Small Business International Trade Educators Association, and several international education consortia.
Evaluate all projects in terms of the goals set forth in HEA-Title VIB, the federal legislation authorizing CIBERs. The mission statement of the TAMU CIBER is modeled on this statute.
The TAMU CIBER’s record of accomplishments is reflected along multiple dimensions:
Rapidly expanding research concerning significant issues involving key international business topics, conducted by some of the most accomplished research scholars in the Mays College and including doctoral business students whose professional development is thus enhanced.
A broad and growing menu of courses and curricula devoted to international business across graduate and undergraduate programs in all departments of the College, notably the international dimensions of accounting, information & operations management, finance, management, and marketing, as well as courses that combine cultural, political, and economic aspects of global business today and serve students in all fields of study.
Outreach activities that respond to the growing international needs of businessmen and women, teachers in public schools, and professors at other colleges and universities in the region.
Development of Texas A&M University as a global forum for discussion of critical international issues by visiting governmental leaders, academics and business executives from other nations, and scholars from a wide range of disciplines at the University.
A wide variety of student exchange and study abroad programs with universities in Canada, Mexico, Europe and Asia that allow TAMU students and faculty to develop and share their knowledge and experiences with people from other universities, cultures and nations.
MEETING REGIONAL AND NATIONAL NEEDS
At Texas A&M, like other educational institutions that have built broad and deep international programs, the University is responding to very real needs in its region and across the nation. The TAMU CIBER and its partner entities in the Center for International Business Studies are at the leading edge of the University’s response to these needs. The need for the CIBERs products and services in Texas is as great as it is apparent. Contrary to popular myth and cinematic depiction, Texas is an urbanized state with a globalized economy, with particularly close links to Americas closest neighbors. The huge volume of Texas trade with Mexico is well known. Less generally known is that Canadian investment in Texas is greater than in any other U.S. state, and Texas trade with Canada is large and growing rapidly. Texas is also linked to South America, Europe, and Asia through the oil and gas, petrochemical, electronics, computer, and various other key world industries. Texas firms want to hire globally competent university graduates and have access to the expertise of a cadre of international business faculty.
The sheer size of Texas A&M University, with more than 44,000 students and 2400 faculty members on its 5200 acre campus, facilitates the utilization of its international expertise to meet regional and national needs. TAMU ranks among the top ten universities in the nation in annual research expenditures, and is a magnet for private sector firms and government agencies seeking expertise for applied research. The Mays College is one of the nations largest business schools, with more than 6,000 students, and has the same broad and deep capacity for useful research as does the entire University. More than 100 textbooks authored or coauthored by Mays College faculty are in use in college classrooms around the nation. This fact not only serves to indicate the high level of expertise of these faculty members, but also points out how the internationalization of the Mays College serves to meet the critical national need to internationalize business education. The faculty members who author textbooks understand the international dimensions of their discipline and their books reflect that knowledge. The doctoral program in the Mays College is large (more than 100 students are enrolled) and is thoroughly internationalized. (One of the great barriers to internationalizing business education in the United States has been the vicious circle of globally unaware business faculty members training doctoral students; who then become globally unaware faculty members.) The national impact and prominence of the Mays College faculty is also evident in the fact that its members include the editors of more than a dozen of the most academically prestigious professional academic journals, the editorial boards of which include dozens more. The Department of Management and the Department of Marketing both include a former president of the Academy of Management and the American Marketing Association, respectively. In short, the international research focus of TAMU business faculty has a national impact, just as does the international educational focus.
In capacity, vision, and accomplishment, the TAMU CIBER has become a national resource for international business education and research. CIBER program funding for the 2002-2006 period is requested for 41 proposed educational, research and outreach projects that will serve to continue this service to the region and nation. Most of these proposed projects are either new initiatives or significantly enhanced ongoing projects. It is useful to group the projects as education, research, and outreach, although there are often large benefits to the education mission from research and outreach projects.
PROPOSED PROJECTS FOR THE 2002-2006 PERIOD
EDUCATION PROJECTS. The TAMU CIBER will significantly expand the numbers of students, business professionals and community members attaining a high level of international business and cultural expertise in the 2002-2006 period and beyond. To meet this objective, the TAMU CIBER is proposing 13 new and 5 enhanced educational projects. These projects develop innovative teaching techniques and academic programs that further the international business education of students from across the University. With more than 5,000 undergraduate students enrolled in the Mays College, internationalization of the undergraduate program is a huge challenge, but the sheer numbers demonstrate the importance to the nation of doing so. The CIBER’s efforts assure that no business student will graduate from TAMU without training in international business, beginning with the new sophomore-level, team-taught gateway Introduction to International Business course to be managed by the CIBER. The CIBER also provides every student with opportunities to participate in overseas study programs in Asia, Europe, and Latin America. As for MBA students, the TAMU CIBERs objective is for all of them to attain at least a high level of competence in international business, with those electing the new specialized IB track to become expert. In the case of doctoral business students at TAMU and elsewhere, the CIBER is determined that they will, at a minimum, be able to teach effectively the international dimension of their discipline. The CIBER’s proposed education projects are not limited to internationalizing TAMU students, however. For example, the CIBER has exercised national leadership among the CIBERs in organizing the Internationalization of Doctoral Education in Business (IDEB) program, an annual workshop for students from doctoral business programs throughout the nation. The IDEB program, which began in 1999, has clearly had the effect of elevating interest and knowledge about IB among the nations doctoral business students and will be continued for the 2002-2006 period.
RESEARCH PROJECTS. By promoting international business research by faculty and doctoral students the CIBER can generate and disseminate new IB knowledge. Concurrently, the international business teaching and research skills of present and future faculty are strengthened, planting seeds for future contributions to IB educational and research advancement. Eight new and three enhanced projects on IB research are proposed. Two of the new projects are pedagogical in focus response to the Title VIB legislation mandating research designed to strengthen and improve the international aspects of business and professional education... Seven of the research projects have specific themes: Corporate Social Responsibility and International Business, Privatization and Corporate Governance in Transition Economies, International Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation, GMOs and U.S. Agribusiness Global Competitiveness, Emerging Capital Markets, Free Trade in the Americas,, and the APEC Study Center. These themes respond to critical international issues facing U.S. businesses; they also build upon the core competencies and current research interests of international business faculty at Texas A&M University. Each of the specific theme projects has one or more faculty members who will coordinate research in that area, with the CIBER providing research support (e.g., graduate assistants, domestic and international travel grants and data base purchases) awarded on a competitive basis. The research results will be presented at scholarly conferences and published as working papers and journal articles. In addition to these projects, the CIBER will continue to provide financial support for internationally-focused doctoral dissertation research and also provide basic faculty IB research support such as purchase of international business data bases and software and reimbursement of travel costs necessary to conduct research.
OUTREACH PROJECTS. The TAMU CIBER proposes eight new and four enhanced innovative outreach programs to U.S. citizens, businesses and professional groups that will, in the language of Title VIB, promote the development of international skills, awareness, and expertise.Through conferences, workshops, distance-learning media and other communication channels, the TAMU CIBER will design and implement international business, language and cultural programs that will provide the skills to U.S. businesses and citizens that they need to compete in global markets. These outreach programs include innovative foreign language training, along with international programs, workshops and courses to meet the international training needs of regional businesses, educational institutions and other professional groups. Several of these projects involve significant collaboration with other CIBERs, notably the outreach programs to HBCUs, the research workshops at regional Academy of International Business meetings, and the regional IB education workshops for faculty members. The TAMU CIBER also works closely with groups that share its outreach education goals such as the North American Small Business and International Trade Educators Association (NASBITE) and the Dallas International Small Business Development Center.
THUNDERBIRD, The American Graduate School of International Management
e develop high-potential individuals to serve the advanced management needs of international enterprises.
Thunderbird Mission Statement, 2001