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Since its establishment in 1990, the Center for International Business Education (CIBE) has become a multi-faceted organization that is the focal point of international business activities at Columbia University. CIBE programs include collaborative faculty research workshops, global training programs for students, and international research and business conferences for the business community and other graduate business programs around the US. In 2002-2006, the Center proposes an integrated set of programs that will help Columbia University build considerable expertise in international business education, which will then be disseminated to reach each of the audiences targeted in the authorizing statute.

CIBE is a distinct organizational unit of Columbia's Business School and the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) that uniquely links resources with every major division at Columbia University to ensure that international business education and research is of the highest caliber, greatest possible breadth and fullest integration. An Operating Committee of faculty members drawn from the Center’s Advisory Council governs the daily operations of the Center.

Summary of 2002-2006 CIBE Activities


  1. Globalizing the Curriculum

Over the past eleven years, CIBE has enabled new course development and curriculum innovation. In 2002-2006, the Center proposes the following programs:



  1. Implementation of MBA Core Curriculum Revisions. CIBE Faculty Director Prof. Robert Hodrick works with faculty to continually assess and increase international content in the core MBA curriculum. As part of this effort, CIBE will conduct seminars for business school faculty on incorporating international data and research into their international courses.

  2. EMBA-Global. The EMBA-Global program offers senior executives a joint degree program from Columbia Business School and London Business School in 2 years, ensuring a global management education. CIBE will support the expansion of this program with academic partnership in Asia.

  3. The Ph.D. Program. CIBE will contribute to internationalizing the doctoral program by enlisting faculty to present international business research and teaching techniques at doctoral workshops; and, by giving research grants for integrating international business research in dissertations.

  4. The MIA Degree: International Finance and Business Curriculum. The International Finance and Business (IFB) program at SIPA focuses on various dimensions of international business, such as the political and cultural aspects. CIBE and IFB will examine the influence of terrorism on the global economy, integrating new understanding in such areas as emerging markets and privatization.

  5. The MBA-MIA Dual Degree. CIBE will enhance co-curricular programming in the MBA-MIA program to ensure its strength. CIBE will offer career and academic advising and disseminate the Dual Degree MBA-MIA Handbook. CIBE will support Admissions Offices of both schools in their efforts to conduct information sessions on this unique cross-disciplinary program.

  6. Integrating Internet-Based Distance Learning Across Curriculum and Programs. CIBE will support Internet-based distance learning in Ph.D., MBA and EMBA curriculum to provide “live” virtual class experiences and enhanced international course materials.

  7. Curriculum Development Awards. CIBE proposes to make course development awards to faculty at SIPA, the Business School and foreign language departments to internationalize existing courses. Nobel Laureate Professor Joseph Stiglitz and CIBE faculty director Robert Hodrick will work closely to develop new courses on international economic policy.

  8. Faculty Research and Teaching Exchange. CIBE will sponsor visiting professors to teach in the core curriculum, presenting lectures in his or her first language on business and speaking on business opportunities in their region of the world.


Business Foreign Language Initiatives
During the 2002-2006 funding cycle, CIBE proposes to expand foreign language study:

  1. Training the Trainers. This innovative approach to intensive language training has the objective of providing immediate business functionality followed by higher skill acquisition. Techniques will be integrated into the language initiatives below.

  2. Excel Foreign Language Program. The program will expand is curricular offerings to include intensive business study of Arabic, Korean, Hebrew and Turkish. Current languages offered include: Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels.

  3. CIBE Intensive Commercial Foreign Language Training. Each year, intensive workshops focus on commercial business transaction terminology, interview vocabulary and techniques in Spanish, French and Chinese.

  4. Emerging Markets Language Program. To help promote understanding of business cultures and environments, CIBE will pilot intensive business training in Vietnamese, Hindi, Czech and Hungarian.

  5. Language House Programs (German, French, Italian and Spanish). CIBE will develop co-curricular programming on globalization and the European Union. Programming in 2002-03 will focus on the themes of economic, social and political impacts of September 11th.

  6. Foreign Language Abroad Programs. CIBE will gather, disseminate information and create relationships with foreign-based schools offering intensive language programming.

  7. Faculty Development Grants. CIBE will continue with grant support to faculty seeking intensive language and/or cultural understanding in international business.




  1. Global Training Opportunities for Students




  1. MBA Exchange Program. CIBE will help expand the number of MBA exchange agreements with leading graduate schools of business around the world. CIBE promotes the current 22 programs, and in 2002-2006, will support 3 additional exchanges in Latin America, Europe and Asia.

  2. Overseas Study Tours. CIBE will assist students in initiating industry-specific study tours to relevant emerging market regions around the world. The experiential programming gives students exposure to the managerial, political and cultural norms that shape business practices.

  3. Summer Fieldwork Abroad. CIBE will sponsor MBA students or MBA-MIA dual degrees for consulting assignments abroad through placement organizations such as Endeavor, MBA Enterprise Corps and the Environmental Enterprise Corps.

  4. Summer Doctoral Research Abroad. CIBE will offer grants to support doctoral candidates’ research efforts that focus on American competitiveness and/or other issues relating to international business, finance, management or communications.


D. International Business Research
CIBE proposes the following research initiatives:

  1. International Valuation. Following the success of the first three valuation conferences, CIBE will host annual valuation conferences from 2002-2006. Future conferences will address the complexity of determining the value of international projects from multi-disciplinary perspectives.

  2. International Entrepreneurship. CIBE will support new courses, research and writing of case analyses exploring entrepreneurship and social responsibility in the emerging markets of Africa, Latin America and Asia.

  3. Global Branding. CIBE will support faculty research and new course development focusing on this new marketing specialization of branding in the numerous markets in Asia, Latin America and Europe.

  4. Culture and Management. CIBE proposes a series of research initiatives to explore the role of culture and cultural differences in management and organizational behavior. It will publish a cultural sensitivity guideline for US businesses operating overseas.

  5. Global Media and Communications. CIBE will cosponsor conferences exploring the various dimensions of media, telecommunications and the management of information technology to better enable companies to compete in the global market.

  6. Revenue Management. CIBE plans to cosponsor annual research conferences presenting views of global industry and academic leaders in the field of revenue management.

  7. Industrialization of Developing Economies. CIBE will support comparative research on the industrialization of developing economies in Latin America, Europe and East Asia.

  8. Global Environmental Management. CIBE will cosponsor conferences to discuss the challenges of international agreements and treaties with regard to the impact on business within the U.S. as well as the international arena.

  9. Web Journal of International Business. CIBE will co-launch a web-based multi-media journal on international business; content will include CIBE’s eight topical research initiatives for faculty research and teaching materials. Journal content will be disseminated broadly at no cost to users.

  10. Collaborative Faculty and Doctoral Research Grants and Development. CIBE will annually sponsor eight to ten collaborative faculty and doctoral research projects. Projects will be encouraged to: relate research to the eight intellectual research areas as proposed above; and/or explore the social, economic and political impact of September 11th events.

  11. International Research Databases. CIBE will collaborate with Library system to procure international research data, for faculty, Ph.D. candidates and practitioners, such as: Standard & Poor's DRI, Morgan Stanley's Global Indexes, Datastream International and the Wharton Database.


E. Programs Serving the Business Community


  1. Topical Research Conferences. For each of the eight intellectual areas in section C on international business research, involved faculty will present research findings at planned conferences and workshops for local and national business executives.

  2. Executive Education. The Columbia Executive Education Program offers innovative training to thousands of corporate executives around the US every year. CIBE will work with the Program to offer more courses on international business topics.

  3. Entrepreneurship Project for Small and Mid-sized Enterprises. CIBE will offer workshops to New York-area companies on expanding global operations. The “How to Take Your US business Global” manual will be distributed to local and regional enterprises.

  4. Seminars on Risk Assessment. International business opportunities often involve high levels of political and financial risks. Correct risk assessment is fundamental to international business. The CIBE conference is designed for academics, risk analysts and practitioners.

  5. Conferences on the Asian Economies. CIBE will sponsor conferences for the business community exploring the changing economic climate in China and the greater Asian region, following China’s entry into the World Trade Organization.

  6. Trade and Investment Education Seminars. CIBE, in collaboration with International Trade Administration, will organize trade and investment education seminars for small-and medium-sized businesses. CIBE will also sponsor seminars to facilitate discussion among U.S. Corporate Representatives, Foreign Trade Ministers and World Bank representatives on global trade and investment issues.

  7. Seminars on Tax Policy Toward Corporations. In the wake of the terrorist attack on the US, CIBE will sponsor new seminars on the implications of tax policy on businesses engaged in international business.


F. Collaborative Programs with Institutions of Higher Education


  1. CIBER-sponsored Faculty Research Workshops at AIB Meetings. The Columbia CIBE will join other CIBER schools to organize faculty research workshops during the regional Academy for International Business (AIB) meetings. The workshops will encourage business school faculty to pursue international research agendas.

  2. Roundtable Discussion of International Education and Research. The Columbia CIBE and the Mid-American CIBER Consortium will hold annual roundtable meetings to investigate and assess major international business education and research issues and report the findings in a nationally disseminated monograph.

  3. Internationalizing Doctoral Education in Business (IDEB). The Columbia CIBE will participate in the IDEB workshops, in partnership with schools in the Mid-American CIBER Consortium (MACC). IDEB workshops help doctoral candidates around the US develop the ability to conduct international research and to teach international business courses.

  4. International Trade Policy Forum. The Columbia and Texas A&M University CIBERs propose, in partnership, a 2-day forum addressing international trade and investment issues. The Forum will feature spokespersons for trade policies from government, business and organized labor.
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