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The American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird) proposes the continuation of its Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER). Thunderbird has a long-standing history of educating individuals to work in global business enterprises, both in the United States and abroad. From its earliest years, Thunderbird has served as a regional and national resource for international business education and for collaborative work with many others furthering United States’ business interests worldwide.

The activities proposed for Thunderbird CIBER are designed so that the teaching techniques, the curriculum, and the research that have been and will be developed by Thunderbird’s faculty, with input from many diverse groups, will be shared with other educational institutions, the business community, and government agencies. Specific activities proposed for the new CIBER funding cycle include the following:
1. Creation and development of a Cross-Cultural Communication Program based in the Modern Language area. This program will develop new courses and course materials such as CD-ROM-based language/communication modules. It will also carry out research aimed at increasing firms’ abilities to succeed in business across cultural barriers.
2. Building the scope and visibility of our International Business Ethics & Corporate Social Responsibility Institute. This institute will develop additional initiatives for both research on business ethics and corporate social responsibility and conference/seminar projects in this area. In particular, the subjects of sustainable development and dealing with corruption in government will be included in the program and built further. As well, new course modules on these subjects will be introduced into the curriculum. This program is being developed jointly with the University of Kansas CIBER.
3. Launching of a broad service of information and analysis of countries and regions of the world by our International Business Information Center (IBIC). This Internet-based service will provide US firms access to key up-to-date information on business-related topics on other countries, as well as advisory service. The IBIC will also build on its existing base of information services for Thunderbird students at the Arizona campus and at other Thunderbird facilities around the world.
4. Launching of the Global Services Institute, an umbrella organization that will provide support to our key service-sector projects: the Global Financial Services project (banking); the International Retailing Institute (marketing); and the Global Tourism Institute. In each of these areas, Thunderbird will develop a research program, a teaching area, and public conferences and seminars to share knowledge between firms and academic investigators.
5. Expansion of our Trade Assistance Service that specifically will assist small- and medium-sized firms in exporting and undertaking overseas business activities. This effort will expand our work to assist local firms in becoming international. It includes the launching of an Arizona Exporters Association and a variety of training, advisory, and other collaborative services.
6. Building our International Campus Consortium to include new member schools in addition to the 14 existing members, and to involve their students and faculty in our overseas campuses in France, Japan, and Mexico, and other overseas activities.
7. Greater CIBER collaboration with our Executive Education division. This will take place initially through a project to develop international business cases by our executive education instructors in overseas locations, so they gain direct insight into business in specific countries and companies.
8. Building the Thunderbird Research Center to produce additional vital research on international business, international studies, and language for business. The Thunderbird Case Clearinghouse will develop cases in international management for Web-based dissemination; the joint research program with Arizona State University will be used as a model for additional shared research projects. A partnership with Wiley will produce a book series on Global Strategy. New research will build on our strengths of Global Strategy and Cross-Cultural Management.
9. Expanding the reach of our Faculty Development in International Business program to include new topics, more participants, and activities in more locations to serve other business schools. Scholarships will be offered to professors from our International Campus Consortium schools, local community college instructors, professors from Hispanic schools, and professors and doctoral students in our region. Programs will be offered in Arizona and Latin America, and possibly expanded elsewhere.
10. Development of new courses in international business, international studies, and languages for business, to serve our regular international management students, our executive program students, and new student populations. Some of these courses will include Web-based modules and CD-ROM modules that will be made available to other schools as well.
11. Development of additional university outreach programs, including the Maricopa County Community College project (expanding our existing program with Paradise Valley Community College), a program serving Hispanic universities throughout the United States, and joint projects with the Arizona State University system. These will complement our joint MBA/MIM programs with more than a dozen US business schools and other cooperative programs, including those with other CIBERs.
12. Student overseas internships will be expanded to cover more countries and more opportunities. These currently offer about 100 overseas assignments per year. The number will be doubled during the next CIBER cycle, and assistance will be given to students from our partner schools in obtaining overseas internships.
The above activities meet CIBER legislation objectives and requirements as shown in the attached Figure 1.

Activities to be carried out under CIBER will be aimed at benefiting each of the following groups:

Students will benefit from:
• Studying at the Archamps campus near Geneva, or the Tokyo or Guadalajara campuses, where both Thunderbird and International Campus Consortium students are able to attend for one semester.
• The specially designed Dual Degree and Post-MBA programs in which MBA students at other schools may also obtain international business education from Thunderbird.
• Active participation in the development of multimedia materials and in research projects in the Thunderbird Research Center.
• The development of new courses to reflect changing world conditions. New courses on international business ethics, cross-cultural management, cross-cultural communication, and international services management will be offered.
• Access to Web-based services from the International Business Information Center, including the “My Thunderbird” platform that provides extensive interaction with professors and access to course and research materials.
• Expansion of the global internship program.

Faculty and administration will benefit from:
• Opportunities for Thunderbird faculty members to become involved in new course development in international business, international studies, and language for business.
• The expansion of the Faculty Development in International Business (FDIB) programs to train more faculty members from other schools.
• Development of multimedia materials for international instruction in languages, business, and social sciences.
• Based on membership in the International Campus Consortium or the Dual Degree Program, faculty members from other schools will be able to teach at our Archamps or other overseas campuses and participate in our other overseas programs.
• Additional case-writing opportunities for Thunderbird faculty in the Executive Education program, to make them more familiar with key foreign countries and industry sectors.
Those involved in research will benefit from:
• Research opportunities in Europe, Asia, and Latin America for faculty members from Thunderbird and other United States educational institutions, at the three main overseas campuses.
• Establishment and/or expansion of centers or institutes whose major functions include research in the following areas:
1. Global Financial Services

2. International Business Ethics & Corporate Social Responsibility

3. International Tourism Management

4. International Retailing Management

5. Cross-cultural Management
• New research initiatives at Thunderbird, particularly in cooperation with John Wiley Publishing, in the areas of Global Strategy and Cross-Cultural Management.
The business community will benefit from:
• Participation in Thunderbird’s many globalization executive programs, from the Executive MIM degree program to the range of one- and two-week globalization seminars.
• Short, intensive language courses in nine languages.
• Joint research and training with business consortia or individual businesses.
• Access to the extensive international business related resources accumulated at Thunderbird including:
1. Human resources

2. Databases

3. Computer bulletin boards

4. Journals and other library holdings

5. Library electronic linkages

6. Multimedia materials

These resources are almost all available electronically through our Web page or through the International Business Information Center
Thunderbird’s integrated curriculum has proven successful in producing graduates who can function effectively in international business settings. The new CIBER will be focused on extending existing programs to increase their benefits to faculty members and students from other schools and to business people as they seek to educate or re-educate themselves in international business. The ultimate goal of Thunderbird CIBER is to go beyond the changes it has traditionally made in the attitudes, commitment, and knowledge of its own students with respect to international management. Thunderbird intends to educate faculty and students from our own and other institutions of higher learning and to train business people in innovative ways that will bring significant new short- and long-term benefits to United States businesses.

Thunderbird CIBER will be under the direct supervision and coordination of Dr. Robert Grosse; Associate Director of the CIBER will be Dr. Bert Valencia; and Marie Gant will continue as program coordinator.

University of California, Los Angeles

CIBER application 2002-2006

Management education has been changing, adapting to the many challenges of technology and globalization for almost two decades now. From the early AACSB reports on internationalization to the various Title VI programs, schools of business and management have engaged in a broad strategy to internationalize management education. The norm has been to cover management education with a layer of international sensitivity and understanding. Curriculums have been reformed, international resources added, student recruitment adapted, and faculty profiles amplified. The result has been a decentralized proliferation of courses and a plethora of specialized books and materials to cover the large variety of international management problems. This effort has achieved some important goals: international business is no longer the exception in business teaching; students have gained a better understanding of the workings of a global economy; and managers that have passed through various executive training programs are more aware of and better prepared to work in a global economy.

The Anderson School at UCLA is now at a more integrated and more rigorous second stage of internationalization. Through a process of consulting with faculty, students, and other key stakeholders, the Anderson School has moved to bring the full weight of its resources and faculty to support this strategic change and alignment. In contrast to the past practice, characteristically broad but thin coverage of the international management themes, the Anderson School at UCLA will now strengthen and deepen its international education efforts. It will do this by integrating and coordinating its research, teaching, and outreach efforts in the international field. In place of the broad and topical coverage that was acceptable, and perhaps necessary, in the first stages of internationalization of management education, our faculty has chosen to integrate its efforts across faculty specializations. This will bring new coherence, depth, and focus to the school’s programs. Where the first internationalization efforts were aimed at students with natural interests in international

issues, our faculty now wants to assure that international management knowledge is made accessible to all students in a rigorous fashion. This will mean more serious student participation in research

activities, and more focused and in-depth topical courses.

To achieve this integration across a number of critical management areas, the Anderson School’s dean and Board of Visitors have elevated all the school’s research centers to a level commensurate with the functional or discipline-oriented areas. This was done in order to focus resources on strengthening interdisciplinary efforts originating in these centers: the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER), the Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, the Center for Management in the Information Economy (CMIE), the UCLA Anderson Forecast, the Center for Communications Policy, and the Ziman Center for Real Estate. UCLA CIBER works closely with our sister centers in the Anderson School, leveraging our intellectual and monetary resources in order to internationalize programs across the school. In the spirit of integration, rigor, and coherence, we are choosing to focus on several research themes that draw on the school’s strengths. These themes are: (1) the Role of Entrepreneurship in Internationalizing the US Economy; (2) Information Technology, Trade and US Competitiveness; and (3) Infrastructure and Competitiveness: California and the Nation.

The Anderson School will create externalities in all of its teaching and research program activities, through collaborative and interdisciplinary efforts across its faculties, across research centers both within the school and on the university level, and across other CIBER institutions in the country, so that a broader audience might benefit from its programs.

Given these new mandates of integration, rigor, and coherence, UCLA CIBER has developed its grant proposal according to these faculty initiatives.

For this next grant period, UCLA CIBER will organize and deliver the following programs and activities:

  • Distinguished Visiting Scholars: We will invite distinguished scholars of international reputation to UCLA to interact and collaborate with students and faculty members, and to deliver a series of Lectures on one of our themes. This lecture series will provide a synthesis of what is understood about these topics, a dialogue about future challenges, and a research agenda for the future. The lecture series will be edited, published and made available to all interested students, scholars, institutions and community members across the world.

  • International Research Conferences: Conferences provide a natural platform for leading researchers working in related areas to come together, share ideas and results, collaborate on new and existing projects, and promote understanding of relevant aspects of the economy, business or management practice. During this grant cycle, UCLA CIBER will support a series of four conferences focused on the themes of the role of entrepreneurship in internationalizing the US economy; information technology, trade and US competitiveness; and infrastructure and competitiveness for California and the nation. A leading scholar from the UCLA community will direct each conference, and invite other leading scholars to present their work in progress related to the theme. These conferences will be organized in collaboration with our sister research centers at Anderson, and with UCLA area studies centers, such as the Center for East Asian Studies, the Center for European and Russian Studies, and the Latin American Center, through the auspices of UCLA’s International Studies and Overseas Programs (ISOP) office.

  • Publications: UCLA CIBER will be a repository for Working Papers and papers presented at the conferences. All papers will be made available in a standard electronic format. In addition, the center will produce Newsletters and Digests that summarize the results of major research projects in non-technical language. These will be written and edited, with the help of a faculty member, by Ph.D. students and MBA students who will be a part of an International Honors Program.

  • International Honors Program: Students selected for this program will play a role in development of Anderson’s international management research effort. Students will take a sequence of special classes at Anderson with emphasis on international issues, will help organize and participate in the Distinguished Visiting Scholar Lecture Series, the International Business Forum, and International Research Conferences. They also will write and edit related Newsletters and Digests and help manage the resource center, described below.

  • International Education Alliance Partners: UCLA CIBER will work with Anderson faculty to establish and develop educational alliances with select partners around the world. These include a joint degree executive MBA program created with the National University of Singapore, International Management Seminars with institutions in Latin America, Asia, and Europe, and a collaboration on an executive MBA program offered by Theseus International Management Institute in southern France.

  • Resource Center for Researchers, Students, and the Community: UCLA CIBER will create an on-line resource center that is a repository of information and data related to international business and economics. This site will be a repository of innovative data sets created through our research grants, our Working Papers On-line and a Clearinghouse for Foreign Language Business Materials.

  • Refine Ongoing Programs: UCLA CIBER will continue to offer and improve on existing programs, developed in previous funding cycles, such as:


  • Doctoral Internationalization Consortium

  • Visiting Faculty and Scholars Program

  • Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships

  • Interdisciplinary Doctoral Research Seminars

  • Faculty Grants for Developing Innovative International Data Sets

  • Business Language Research Priorities Conference


  • Language and Culture:

  • Beginning Language for Business

  • Summer Business Language Programs

  • Undergraduate Language and Career Symposium

  • Pre-orientation Program for International MBAs

  • International Management Fellows Spanish Program

  • Multidisciplinary International Overview Course

  • International Field Studies

  • International Management and Executive Seminars

  • Student Exchange Program

  • Curriculum Development Workshops

  • International Business Study Tours

  • Certificate in International Management for Undergraduates


  • International Business Forum

  • Cross-cultural Collegium

  • Sister Cities Program

  • International Event Co-sponsorship

  • Southwest Regional CIBER Conference on Innovations in International Business Teaching

  • Faculty Development Grants

In conclusion, UCLA CIBER has conducted broad consultations across all major constituents – faculty, students and members of the business community – to create a program that responds to their needs and interests. To implement this ambitious proposal, we are requesting Department of Education support in the amount of $1.8 million over four years. This amount will be more than matched by contributions from the Anderson School at UCLA, and funds raised from private sources.

University of Colorado at Denver

The University of Colorado’s Institute for International Business (IIB) was first designated as a Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) in 1993, and renewed in 1996 and 1999. This proposal requests that the Department of Education continue the designation and funding for 2002-2006. The University of Colorado is one of 34 public university members of the American Association of Universities, with four campuses, 46,000 students, and 3500 full time faculty. CU is a world-class research institution, ranked 21st among research universities in overall research expenditures and 10th in expenditures of federal research dollars.

CU’s Denver campus is home to the university’s largest graduate programs, with graduate students comprising 42% of total campus enrollments. The College of Business (CBA) enrolls 2400 students, mostly working professionals, and offers a BS degree and nine graduate degrees with program strengths in information technology, entrepreneurship, and international business. CBA faculty ranked 4th in research productivity for public schools without PhD programs by the Academy of Management Journal.

Globalization in Colorado

Dynamic change has moved Colorado out of its isolated boom-and-bust past to become the leading economy in the US in the last decade. With fifteen consecutive years of economic growth, Denver and the Front Range of Colorado are arguably the most rapidly globalizing areas of the US. While today Colorado is important in international terms, Denver is poised to be a world city of the new information based global economy. The new global infrastructure depends on telecommunications, information technology, fiber optics, and satellite technologies that allow companies instant contact with any and all markets worldwide. Colorado is the hub of global telecom, and the “Colorado Convergence Corridor” is home to over 3000 companies that produce these enabling technologies of the global economy. Together these technologies, most developed in the last decade, have collapsed the traditional barriers of time and space, barriers that made cities like Denver remote, and enabled direct access to global markets from most locations.


For the next grant period, CIBER will distinguish itself as a partner, sponsor and collaborator in deepening and extending international education at CU, in the Rocky Mountain region, and nationally. Within CU we will move globalization across disciplines, colleges, and campuses. We will broaden and deepen our business-liberal arts partnership and create a statewide consortium. We will promote internationalization in health administration and in the College of Arts and Media, two areas with growing opportunities in international business. We will collaborate with the Brigham Young University CIBER in linking CIBER to many small schools in the Rocky Mountain West, greatly enhancing their access to international resources. We will directly address the needs of non-traditional students, the fastest growing enrollment segment in the US, for greater access to international business education opportunities and resources.

CIBER will continue many successful activities, building upon those with high impact and adding "second and third generation" dimensions. We will introduce new programs with national significance, target several new audiences, and implement four new programs that can be models for other schools and regions. Several activities will emphasize our regional competency on NAFTA and Latin America. The strong ties we have with senior executives in international companies will be leveraged to expand our Global Executive Forum to include overseas venues and to establish new CIBER/business linkages in world cities. In response to the changing face of the globe, one Forum agenda will include a national conference: "Terrorism, New Security Realities, and Business Risk".

Our proposed activities support eight major objectives and are discussed below.

  1. Expand the business-liberal arts partnership across majors and campuses at CU with new program enrichment activities and a new consortium that can be a model for other US universities. A major CIBER achievement in the current grant period is the building of a business-liberal arts joint degree on the Denver and Boulder campuses. A “fast track” joint degree allows UCB undergraduates in foreign language studies early admission to the UCD masters in international business. This addresses a national need for foreign language studies undergraduates, who seek a competitive edge in their job credentials, to earn a business degree. We will build on this success in the next grant period, extending this program to international studies majors across CU campuses and developing a consortium of Colorado schools. CIBER will support program enrichment for the consortium including curriculum development, faculty workshops, new programs in emerging markets, two business language initiatives, and summer externships for liberal arts faculty.

  2. Broaden and deepen globalization in nine graduate business degree programs and launch new overseas study options for non-traditional students. UCD’s graduate business program, with over 1300 students, is one of the largest in the US. CIBER/IIB led internationalization since 1988 has ensured that every student addresses global issues in core and elective courses throughout every program. Students can choose international tracks in some programs or choose an international business degree. World region expertise tracks are available and overseas study tours give working students access to intensive travel/study as part of several classes. In the next grant period, many of our activities will be targeted to the needs of non-traditional students. These include a curriculum development focus on CU-Global Online, for which nine online courses will be developed. Several new overseas study options, one related to NAFTA, will be designed to accommodate non-traditional students. New foreign language/area studies specializations will be implemented along with an MBA track in international business and new non-business electives.

  3. Build cross-disciplinary alliances with two new collaborative initiatives: curriculum development in UCD’s College of Arts and Media (CAM) and across five CU health administration programs. CAM has the fastest growing enrollments at UCD, in part due to its nationally recognized Music and Entertainment Business program. While the US entertainment industry is among the largest and most visible US businesses around the world, and much of the basis for foreign impressions of our culture, values, and people, few universities examine this industry as a business. CIBER will partner with CAM to support curriculum development and joint research including developing a new course, Global Dimensions of Music and the Entertainment Business, and conducting research on how media influences culture and global commerce. A second initiative will bring together several graduate programs in health administration across the CU campuses, to build a program in International Health Management at CU. CIBER will be a sponsor of course and curriculum development on international health management issues and guide the process leading to an Institute for International Health.

  4. Connect CIBER to smaller schools through a new RMCIBER network and through programs designed especially for small and rural schools. A large unmet need exists in the Rocky Mountain region and nationally, for hundreds of small and rural colleges to provide international content in their business programs. While these schools offer quality business programs, their faculties have limited international expertise, and few, if any, campus based resources for either faculty or program development. CIBER will develop four programs that provide international content in formats that are useful to these schools. We will partner with the CIBER at BYU to develop the Rocky Mountain CIBER Network (RMCIBER) and connect small schools in the region with CIBER programs and resources. We will offer a faculty development caravan to RMCIBER schools, where internationalization activities are designed for small school needs. A third initiative will connect these schools to online language courses; a fourth will launch a new course and related international activities for one small school, Jamestown College, as a prototype for future collaboration of CIBERs and small schools.

  5. Promote the international competitiveness of the US high-technology industry, whose companies have a strong concentration in the Colorado Convergence Corridor, with a series of applied research, teaching and outreach programs in international business. While these firms have world-class skills in technology development, they often lack international backgrounds and skills needed to be successful. CIBER has been active in the current grant period supporting specialized MBA programs in IT and e-Business and customized MBA programs for these companies. In the next grant period, we will sponsor a conference examining the future of telecom, develop course modules in global supply chain management and global sourcing, develop the international components of a new venture creation program, and sponsor three applied research initiatives.

  6. Build the national resource credentials of the Global Executive Forum with a national conference on security and terrorism and three new initiatives that strengthen CIBER ties to the international business community. The Global Executive Forum has become the key business outreach activity at CIBER. Twice a year we bring together CEOs, invited experts, and faculty to examine in-depth, global business and geopolitical issues. A published proceedings, The Global Executive Forum Report, is disseminated widely to faculty, students, and businesses in the US. For the next grant period, we will broaden the impact of the Forum with overseas venues, integrated executive study tours for Forum participants, and a campus Forum that broadens direct student access to Forum participants. Building upon fourteen Forum presentations since 1994 that addressed topics of security, CIBER will sponsor a national conference on “Terrorism, New Security Realities, and Business Risk”.

  7. Contribute to the internationalization efforts at other colleges and universities in the US by offering specialized programs for faculty in international business. Since 1994 the UCD CIBER has offered 14 faculty development programs, emphasizing specialized programs that do not duplicate those of other CIBERs. We will sponsor a case/reading text that leverages the five year success of the international human resources program. We will build upon this success by providing two new FDIB programs, developing a unique interactive site called FDIHR Network that facilitates ongoing interactions between program alumni and faculty, and establishing a web-based measurement tool that will track and measure the impact of these programs.

  8. Directly address the forces of globalization on business and competitiveness with a multi-disciplinary initiative in applied research and curriculum development to integrate these issues into the CU research and teaching core. The reach of business into global markets has accelerated the mobilization of anti-globalization forces. These dark-side-of-globalization activists pit workers' rights, the environment, the poor, national sovereignty, and traditional cultures against developed countries and multinational companies. We believe the issues of the “debate” lend themselves to research and scientific investigation and should be addressed in a university setting. CIBER will support cross disciplinary research teams to address globalization, convene a dialogue on globalization to engage faculty across CU, and address how topics can be integrated into core courses and electives. We will fund curriculum development, provide seed money for two case research projects, and extend the dialogue to Colorado high schools' Model UN program.




The University of Connecticut (UConn) is the flagship university of the State of Connecticut and the largest state research university in New England. UConn, with over 22,000 students and 1200 faculty, offers undergraduate, Masters, and Ph.D. degrees through its College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and six professional schools. UConn was ranked 28 among the top national public universities by U.S. News & World Report (September 2001). UConn's School of Business (BUS) is accredited by the AACSB and is nationally ranked among the top (a) 25 regional MBA programs by Forbes in terms of return on investment, (b) 25 Techno-MBA programs by Computer World, and (c) 7% of MBA programs by U.S. News & World Report. In 2000, UConn received external grants in excess of $250 million.


The purpose of this proposal is to seek funding for the UConn High Technology Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) for the four-year period 2002-2006. The focus of the UConn CIBER is to serve as a national resource center to increase U.S. global competitiveness in high technology products, services, and processes. High technology products and services are those requiring relatively intensive research and development inputs. High technology development is a requisite for the economic future of the U.S., and especially Connecticut and other states in the New England region.


The following goals have been set for the UConn CIBER so that it can serve as a national resource for excellence in global technology competitiveness:

  • Provide interdisciplinary educational opportunities for students with a focus on global business and high technology

  • Provide professional development and research opportunities for faculty (in business and non-business areas) in the area of global technology management

  • Provide training programs/information/research services on issues of technological competitiveness to business, government, and professional organizations

  • Share our experiences with private and public educational institutions nationally

The programs proposed to achieve these objectives are outlined below. They are organized under the six mandates outlined in the authorizing legislation. The philosophy underlying the proposed programs is based on the conviction that the competitiveness of the United States principally lies in high technology industries. To effectively compete in these industries in global markets, the U.S. must put educational resources behind them.


The programs listed under each mandate will be developed by interdisciplinary teams composed of faculty from liberal arts and sciences (e.g., languages, area studies, political science and others), business, engineering, and members of the business community.

Mandate 1: Interdisciplinary programs which incorporate foreign language and international studies training into business, finance, management, communication systems, and other professional curricula

The Twenty-six programs listed below are designed to fill the needs of students at all degree levels:

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