http://www.ciber.gatech.edu Associate Director: Mr. Mark J. Ballam
Phone: 404-894-4379, Fax: 404-385-2240
Email: email@example.com Faculty Director: Prof. Francis Ulgado
Ph: 404- 894- 4360, Fax: 404-894-6625
CIBER Language Director: Prof. Heidi Rockwood
This proposal extends the Georgia Tech Center for International Business Education and Research (GT CIBER), a national and regional center, through a Phase IV for FY 2002-2006. GT CIBER was established in July 1993 and renewed in 1996 and 1999. Georgia Tech proposes to continue operating the GT CIBER as a catalyst in mobilizing the host institution’s resources to enhance international competitiveness through creative new programs and maintaining exemplary performance. The Governor of the State of Georgia, the Honorable Roy E. Barnes, notes that GT CIBER has become an "integral part of the process of educating and training of Georgia's future workforce." International business education, research, and outreach programs are delivered via mainline academic units of Georgia Tech, working with ease across units and disciplines: the DuPree College of Management (DCoM), administrative home to the Center; the Ivan Allen College (IAC, a multidisciplinary academic unit covering the humanities and social sciences); and the College of Engineering. As part of a quality national technological university, GT CIBER integrates the technological and entrepreneurial dimensions with international business-related education and scholarship; it seeks to prepare it students, faculty, and businesses for a globalized economy. Phase IV solidifies the GT CIBER as a national resource among technological and other universities.
In addition to its support of the University’s education and research missions, a major objective of GT CIBER is to enhance the economic competitiveness of Metropolitan Atlanta, the State of Georgia, the Southeast region, and the nation through cooperation with the business and economic development communities and their constituent businesses. This proposal renews a strong commitment from Georgia Tech and the business community in the region to GT CIBER, financially, in-kind, and programmatically. A well-developed pattern of mutually beneficial and reinforcing partnerships will be sustained and extended.
The Phase IV proposal of GT CIBER seeks to leverage the University’s commitment to globalization – faculty, students, programs, and overseas facilities – consistent with the mandates of the Higher Education Act. It validates a distinctive national and regional resource as a role model for improving the international competitiveness and stature of American businesses, educational institutions, and employees. GT CIBER will serve as an important organizing force, providing focus and initiative for resources inside and outside the University. It has the unqualified support of the University leadership and of the University System of Georgia.
Building on lessons of past CIBER phases and on the existing organizational structure, Phase IV will enhance the international and foreign language dimensions of business and professional education and promote an interdisciplinary perspective in learning. Its long-term objective is to prepare well-informed business and high tech leaders fully functional in a globally competitive U.S. economy. Thus, the Phase IV proposal has an over-arching ambition of quality outcomes for students, faculty, and in executive development and research results. Within this encompassing objective of quality, the proposal emphasizes five cross-cutting features:
A determined focus on international experience for student, faculty, and business constituencies.
An integration of engineering, entrepreneurship, and international management in education and research programs.
A broad-spectrum application of electronic technology in international programs: pedagogy and delivery.
The deepening of economic development and educational partnerships in internationalization of "best practices" learning, cross-cultural and transactional effectiveness.
The weaving of language education for business and technology across the breadth of academic and professional programs.
GT CIBER Phase IV will expand and deepen the integration of its international business programs with technological and entrepreneurship initiatives and also will focus on specific industry segments and geographical regions. Those chosen reflect the economic and industrial structure of the region and the strategic thrusts of Georgia Tech. The industry segments of focus are (1) information communications technology; (2) biomedical technology; (3) manufacturing; (4) pulp and paper; (5) apparel and textiles; and (6) construction.
The four geographic focus areas improve the program balance of expertise at Georgia Tech and serve a national and regional role in outreach and research resources. They are (1) North Asia [Greater China, Japan, South Korea]; (2) the European Union; (3) South America [the Southern Cone countries]; and (4) the Indian Subcontinent [India, Pakistan, Bangladesh]. These areas of emphasis fit within the updated strategic plan of the University and the DuPree College's thrusts. This Phase IV proposal has been benefited from the active involvement of our Advisory Council, of senior business and government leaders of the Southeast; from a core faculty group of over 40 members from across the disciplines at Georgia Tech; from discussions with representatives from 20 partner organizations in the region and abroad; from consultation with leaders of other CIBERs, and from the review and discussions of Dr. John Dunning, the national evaluator of our past CIBERs.
GT CIBER will be guided by a strengthened faculty and staff leadership, and benefit from the allocation of non-CIBER resources to activities complementary to the CIBER objectives, including new facilities, research and activity funding from external sources, and support from the GT Office of International Education. The proposed budget for a Phase IV CIBER therefore permits the alignment of a wide variety of organizations, within and outside the University, enabling a common pursuit of the internationalization mission.
The work plan for Phase IV is phased in over four interdependent years with evaluation for each program year. The eight organizing “program elements,” each of which has several program modules, have been formatted to address the statutory objectives and legislatively mandated activities, and to focus on the defined educational and research needs of students, faculty, and business.
First, Phase IV will broaden and deepen past initiatives in foreign language education for business and technology. Innovative new programs in language competency assessment will be applied; language instruction will be extended in Chinese and Korean; immersion experiences through the Language for Business and Technology Summer programs, with overseas residencies and language internships, will be added for new groups of students. Continuing development of language instructional technologies will be implemented; language pedagogical workshops will reach out to school systems; a new joint master's degree initiative in multimedia and foreign language will be launched; as well as consortial language for business workshops for university faculty.
Second, extending and deepening degree and certificate offerings in international business at all levels is a central activity, so as to finalize the internationalization of the programs and faculty of the DuPree College, and most components of the Ivan Allen College. Much attention is given to international business (and foreign language) modules and undergraduate certificate programs in area studies; a university-wide Global Competence Certificate; globalization of the new masters in computational finance; a new innovative degree in global economics and modern language; internationalization of graduate executive education degrees in Management of Technology and International Logistics; as well as a new doctoral international business strategy specialization. Consortial activities include a doctoral workshop in international entrepreneurship and an undergraduate international business case competition.
The third program element deals with the “internationalization” of faculty and students through international experiences. These activities range from encouraging student and faculty international mobility to broadening the one-semester or one-year study abroad partnerships. A unique initiative is to develop more opportunities for international co-op and work internship experiences for Georgia Tech students; to intensify the utilization of the Georgia Tech Lorraine campus for language and business education of American students. This element places renewed emphasis on faculty internationalization through overseas tours and consortial faculty globalization seminars because of their multiplier effect.
The fourth program element bears on research and lines of inquiry which capitalize on the strengths of the DuPree College, continue injecting quality and relevance, while adding a focus on the industries and regions identified above. Multi-year research themes include: global supply chain agility, international strategic alliances, empirical investigations of trade economics, comparative behavioral dimensions of entrepreneurship. Several international research conferences, yielding published proceedings in international finance, engineering entrepreneurship, international trade are held each grant year. A Core Faculty Group provides guidance and feedback for all research undertakings.
Fifth, deploying pedagogical model for integrating engineering and management education in the international dimension is a distinctive attribute of the Phase IV application. Projects include globalization of the content of joint masters degree initiatives in engineering and management; global commercialization of doctoral engineering research through the use of multidisciplinary teams; internationalization of management certificate programs for students specializing in the pulp and paper, construction, and biomedical industries. GT CIBER serves as a means for integrating technology management, entrepreneurship, and international business in a range of certificate and joint degree programs in engineering. Partnerships are most extensive in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the University’s largest major.
The sixth program element deals with country and market information dissemination. These modules intensify and build upon past CIBER mechanisms for collecting, collating, analyzing, and distributing information on targeted regions and specific industries for the benefit of U.S. businesses and research. A wider range of technical and industrial "global best practices" conferences and publications will be organized. The well-received “Global Business Forum” will be expanded and delivered annually. Specific outreach initiatives to school systems and community colleges are associated with this dissemination strategy.
A seventh program objective deals with the application of instructional technologies for more effective learning. Distinctive initiatives include various distance learning methods such as webcasting and satellite broadcasting of select programs to reach larger audiences. A global survey of internet usage patterns as well as a project to make international technocompetitiveness indicators broadly available to businesses further complement this multidimensional program element.
Lastly, the eighth program element elaborates activities which support Georgia economic development goals. The emphasis is on export promotion and competitiveness, including a distinctive “export clusters project.” Most of the initiatives undertaken build on economic development partnerships such as the Center for International Standards and Quality, the Atlanta U.S. Export Assistance Center, the Southeastern Trade Adjustment Assistance Center, the Construction Industry Institute and the newly created Center for Business and Industry Paper Studies. This program element makes a concerted effort to link regional development organizations with educational programs, student interns, and faculty consulting.
This Phase IV proposal incorporates a high-quality administrative structure, experienced and capable of reshaping the objectives and implementing new program thrusts. To achieve program objectives, GT CIBER will also mobilize a network of industry, policy, and overseas partnerships. Complementary resources from the University and from the business community provide a solid funding base. GT CIBER is looking forward to completing another productive phase of national distinction in international business education and research with a distinctive focus.
Since 1992, the IU CIBER has focused strongly on international business (IB) pedagogy, and has become a national resource for materials, methodologies, and strategies. As reflected by new pedagogical initiatives described in its application narrative, pedagogy will continue to be a central focus. The narrative also introduces a range of other new initiatives, and proposes to continue and enhance established programs that serve ongoing needs.
Pedagogy programs that the IU CIBER plans to continue include: International Teaching Resources for Business (its semi-annual newsletter), InfoExpress (IB teaching materials online database), its annual pedagogy workshop (co-hosted by other CIBERs to reach a wide and varying faculty population), IU CIBER Pedagogy Library Collection (for use regionally), its CIBER Case Collection (international resource), international case competition awards (with five functional area business societies), and Indiana in the World (for the pre-collegiate community).
The IU CIBER also will continue to sponsor language programs for students, faculty and area business, research and travel support for faculty and students, student scholarships, business outreach, and cooperative programs with other CIBERs and with IU’s area studies programs.
Twenty-four proposed new programs will extend and deepen the IU CIBER’s impact both within and beyond Indiana University. These programs respond to expressed needs and are consistent with established priorities.
A. New Pedagogy, Curriculum, and Research Initiatives
1. Improving Pedagogy: Further Outreach to Functional Areas of Business. In the last four years, the IU CIBER has established relationships with five important professional societies, connecting them to the CIBER network and to its CIBER Case Collection. The IU CIBER now proposes to build on these relationships by providing the societies with research support to identify professors within their ranks who have internationalized their courses in innovative ways, and to make available on the societies’ Web sites the syllabi and other proven pedagogy materials recommended by these pioneers.
2. CIBER Pedagogy Direct. One of the IU CIBER’s signature activities has been its annual pedagogy workshop. The IU CIBER proposes to make available on the IU CIBER Web site select aspects of the pedagogy workshop.
3. “Real World” Video Segments for International Business Courses. The IU CIBER proposes to provide support for information and instruction in the use of the latest video clip technology that will to enable instructors to easily launch short video clips in class lectures.
4. Support for the First Sabbatical in a Foreign Country. The IU CIBER also proposes to offer newly tenured faculty at the Kelley School, as they consider their first sabbatical, an inducement to make that sabbatical international.
5. Module in International Accounting. The IU CIBER plans to leverage Kelley School faculty involvement in accounting reform in Ukraine to create a module on international accounting and its special challenges in a transitional economy.
6. CIBER Undergraduate Case Competition. In cooperation with the CIBER at The Ohio State University and others, the IU CIBER proposes to sponsor a new CIBER Undergraduate Case Competition.
7. Interactive Course on Entrepreneurship: NAFTA. The IU CIBER proposes to support a high tech interactive joint course between IU and Monterrey Tech in Mexico.
B. Area Studies and Professional School Initiatives
1. Research Conference on the Development of IB. The IU CIBER proposes to host a fall 2002 conference of scholars to trace the development of IB and IU’s role in its development.
2. Access to IB Courses for Area Studies Students. In order to provide easier access to MBA courses for area studies Master’s students, the IU CIBER will provide support for a Web-based MBA course in IB.
3. Development of Cases on Croatia and Eastern Europe. As part of a U.S. State Department grant to assist Croatia in developing an English-language MBA program, the IU CIBER will support Kelley School faculty in developing new cases. The IU CIBER also will provide support to selected area studies students for Eastern Europe business case research.
4. Enhancing the MA/MBA Program. The IU CIBER will provide support to MA/MBA candidates who wish to begin their studies while abroad by employing IU’s Online MBA.
5. International Agribusiness Summer Institute. In collaboration with IU’s Center for the Study of Global Change, the IU CIBER, in partnership with the Future Farmers of America (FFA), proposes the development of a summer institute focusing on international agribusiness – its business, public policy, and technical aspects.
6. The CIBER-HBCU Initiative for Internationalization of Business Programs.The IU CIBER with a select group of CIBERs, Title VI-funded area studies centers, and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) proposes to provide programming to enhance the internationalization of business education on HBCU campuses. Facilitated through the United Negro College Fund’s Institute for International Public Policy (IIPP), the program will involve 30 of the 118 HBCU institutions in a three-year pilot program.
7. Support for the Kelley International Perspectives (KIP) courses. KIP courses are student-driven overseas study tours. CIBER proposes to provide support for new faculty members to become involved and for area studies experts to provide pre-trip instruction on history, culture, and language and serve as guides and resources during the trip abroad.
8. Course and Study Tour of the European Union. The IU CIBER will sponsor faculty travel for this new course, developed and offered in collaboration with IU’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs.
9. Undergraduate Area Studies Study Abroad in St. Petersburg. The IU CIBER and IU’s Russian and East European Institute (REEI) propose to collaborate in supporting an intensive business-language experience for an undergraduate business/Russian language major.
C. Language-Related Initiatives
1. Crossover IB Assignments in a Foreign Business Language Course. The IU CIBER proposes to make business language courses more attractive by tying an IB course assignment to foreign business language classes.
2. Support for Foreign Language Training for select Undergraduate Dual Degree and Study Abroad Students. The IU CIBER proposes to award scholarships for foreign language study for business students in programs at ESB Reutlingen (Germany) and the University of Maastricht. Two of the many overseas study opportunities offered by the Kelley School require strong foreign language skills: Ecole Supérieure de Commerce, Rouen, France, and Instituto Tecnologico Y des Estudios, Monterrey, Mexico. The IU CIBER proposes to offer scholarships for language study to students preparing for these overseas study programs.