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The OSU CIBER, with a vision newly directed toward subjects relating to global acquisitions and alliances will continue to be a powerful catalyst for international teaching, research, and outreach within the Fisher College of Business. Well supported by Dean Joseph Alutto, college faculty, the CIBER Advisory Council, the Dean’s Advisory Council, several of OSU’s highly regarded National Resource Centers (NRCs), the many international community organizations in Columbus and in the state, and most importantly the college’s talented and motivated student body, the OSU CIBER will remain at the forefront of international change and growth at The Ohio State University.



History and Mission
Purdue University's Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) was established January 1, 1993, supported, in part, by funding under section 612 of part B, Title VI, of the Higher Education Act of 1965 as amended by the 1988 Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act. This proposal requests the continued designation and funding of Purdue's CIBER as part of the national CIBER Program for 1998-2002. This request is based on a demonstrated ability to meet the purposes of the statute with creative and cost-effective programs, together with a new set of initiatives that build on these successes.

Purdue CIBER will continue to support a unique combination of teaching, research, and outreach activities in collaboration with the Krannert School of Management, the Schools of Liberal Arts, Agriculture, and Engineering, and representatives of business and government. These programs will integrate Purdue’s institutional strengths in science, engineering, agriculture, and management, emphasizing the gains the rigorous application of technology and interdisciplinary programs to applied problems, including the enhancement of the competitiveness of U.S. managers and businesses, especially in the areas of agribusiness, manufacturing, and the commercialization of new products and processes.

The CIBER's objectives are to: (1) endow students at all levels with the motivation, knowledge, and competencies to think and act in a global business environment; (2) stimulate faculty and graduate student research in international business, emphasizing issues of immediate relevance to businesses operating in the international arena, as well as issues related to ongoing competitiveness of U.S. business; and, (3) increase global awareness of the general public and to educate practicing managers (particularly those in Indiana and the Midwest) on ways to meet the challenges and opportunities that exist in global markets.

Purdue CIBER Teaching Activities

Purdue CIBER will continue toward internationalization of the curriculum at all levels of instruction (undergraduate, master's, doctoral, and executives) and enhancement of courses and programs in business and technical languages. During the next funding cycle, Purdue CIBER will focus on developments of new courses, new programs, and an expansion of experiential learning opportunities.

Several new undergraduate classes are proposed, including the development of three new management and economics classes: International Issues in Information Technology, International Political Economy, and Global Trade Analysis.

At the master’s level, curriculum development plans emphasize experiential, problem-oriented projects and courses as part of the Krannert MBA, including: (1) Offshore international consulting projects with combined teams of Krannert-based students and students from the German International School of Management (GISMA) working under faculty supervision on consulting projects in Europe, Asia, and South America. (2) Indiana-based consulting projects with small and medium-sized Indiana businesses in the early stages of overseas market entry, where domestic students will be teamed with international students who have experience in the business conditions and culture of the target nation. (3) A non-credit management development course on cross-cultural management techniques, to be required of all Krannert master's student.

At the doctoral level, CIBER will facilitate the collaboration of the Departments of Economics and Agricultural Economics to develop a new Ph.D. program in Applied International Economics and Business. This new degree will provide a Ph.D.'s in international economics with doctoral training in international management, equipping them to teach and conduct research in international business.

Purdue CIBER will focus on several initiatives for expanding student study abroad opportunities: (1) A 'seamless' study abroad program with an initial set of eight major overseas institutions where Purdue undergraduates earn Purdue credits at Purdue tuition rates, (2) Master's student exchanges with German International School of Management (GISMA) where successfully completed coursework in Hannover, Germany will be fully credited toward the Purdue MBA. (3) A 'Doing Business in the European Economy' program, in which Krannert MBA students receive instruction from ESC-EAP faculty in Paris that exposes them to business issues and management skills relevant to the EU. (4) Expansion of the CIBER Scholarship program for undergraduates.

CIBER will develop at least four new classes in business language and culture: Spanish for International Trade, Introduction Chinese Culture and Civilization, Business Arabic, and an advanced Business Japanese class devoted Japanese culture and language connections. We plan to continue emphasis on the infusion of international materials and perspectives across all specialties in the curriculum, especially at the undergraduate level, with specific attention to increasing awareness and skills in cross-cultural management and relationships through the development and dissemination of tools for cultural self-assessment and cultural assimilation.
Purdue CIBER Research
Purdue CIBER will continue to promote faculty research by offering competitive awards to faculty who conduct research on the international dimensions of their discipline, striving to (1) reach faculty whose research has not traditionally involved international aspects of their disciplines, and (2) provide mechanisms for the incorporation of research knowledge into the curriculum. Some of these awards will be designated for research with an immediate impact on certain aspects of business education at Krannert, with selection criteria based on potential for (1) improved international aspects of education and promotion of integrated curricula, or (2) promotion of international competitiveness. Particular attention will be given to projects consistent with CIBER’s technology and entrepreneurship themes, and for cross-cultural studies.

Support for doctoral research in international business and economics will continue, with international doctoral dissertation research awards in each year, annual outstanding student paper awards at the annual Purdue Empirical Investigations in International Trade (EIIT), and travel support for Ph.D. student attendance at EIIT conferences, and Ph.D. internationalization consortia. CIBER will sponsor initiatives by the Center for Technology-enhanced Language Learning and Instruction (TELL) to develop a multi-media cross-cultural assimilator - a technology based on portrayals of critical incidents in cross-cultural encounters that enable learners to check cultural assumptions and learn appropriate responses in more realistic settings than those provided by the currently available text-based cultural assimilators. We will continue to publish the highly regarded Global Business Languages (GBL), a refereed annual monograph that includes articles on research on methodologies of teaching languages for business, computer applications and software development, inter-cultural and cross-cultural research as it applies to the business world

The results of international research activities will be disseminated in several ways. We will continue the Purdue CIBER Working Paper series, distributing hard copies of each paper immediately on completion, and providing access via the PurdueCIBE website to electronic copies of the CIBER working papers and electronic copies of EIIT papers.

Competitive CIBER Travel Awards will be used to encourage Krannert faculty to travel abroad for research collaborations and presentations at major international conferences, and additional awards will be used to facilitate business language faculty’s interaction with business and language faculty of other institutions.

Purdue CIBER will sponsor conferences that set the agenda for debate and definition of fundamentally important issues in international business. In addition to continuance of the annual Empirical Investigations in International Trade conference held each year since 1994 at Purdue, we intend to expand the reach and influence of the conference by holding it every other year to another North American site.

In cooperation with the Schools of Agriculture at Purdue and Texas A&M, and the Texas A&M CIBER, Purdue CIBER is planning a program of research activities, culminating in a major new conference tentatively entitled "The Global Foodfight: Biotechnology and Intellectual Property Rights in Agricultural Markets”. The conference is designed for opinion-leaders in business, academia, and government with interests in understanding the scientific, economic, and social forces that underlie major conundrums typified by the “global food fight”–the worldwide resistance to genetically modified (GM) crops developed and grown in the U.S. and the related set of issues concerning the role of intellectual property rights to new agricultural products and processes.

Purdue CIBER Outreach
Purdue CIBER will build on earlier successes in reaching business and academic audiences. We will continue to develop information resources, conferences and workshops to assist Indiana businesses in initiating or developing international business activities, through sponsorship of the Global Issues Fund (GIFt), which leverages the resources of economic development partners from around the state. We will further strengthen the GIFt program by sponsoring and conducting two workshops for symposium organizers on how to conduct effective export conferences.

Purdue CIBER proposes to continue hosting the national CIBER web site, CIBERWeb. Developed at Purdue in 1995, CIBERWeb serves as the primary web portal for the nationwide network of 28 CIBER centers, providing information describing the program’s mission and informing researchers, business executives, and the general public about important issues and research in international education and business. New features be added to CIBERWeb to enhance its usefulness to the CIBER centers, as well as education and business communities, include a searchable calendar feature to which events sponsored by the various CIBERs are posted, a central portal on which CIBER centers will be able to post links to specific important news items or announcements, and greater use of on-line audio and video. Purdue CIBER will also continue to collect information on upcoming Faculty Development in International Business (FDIB) programs and conferences sponsored by existing CIBERs. This information will be compiled in a master FDIB directory and also posted on the CIBERWeb internet site.

We plan enhancements to the Purdue CIBER website (PurdueCIBE) in order to provide information about resources and events relevant to international business education and outreach specific to Purdue, as well as links to on-line resources of interest to exporters. Via PurdueCIBE, Indiana businesses also have easy access to the wealth of international information available from Purdue’s large collection of on-line library resources.

Purdue CIBER proposes to expand its programs of international consulting services to small and medium size Indiana businesses by leveraging the experience and interests and training of Krannert’s international students partnered on Krannert MBA consulting teams.

We propose to increase our investment in internationalization of executive education, through program development of the International Master’s of Management Program (IMM)- an integrated dual degree-granting executive education program in which participants receive the Purdue degree from Purdue as well as an MBA from one of the program’s three European partners The Budapest University of Economic Sciences and Public Administration (BUESPA), Tilburg University in the Netherlands, and ESC-EAP European School of Management in Paris, and continuation of our commitment to the Agri-business MBA, through expanded distance learning capabilities.

In conjunction with relevant Purdue schools and with Indiana international-trade-development organizations, Purdue CIBER will establish a series of regional outreach business conferences for small and medium size companies interested in international trade, cover topics such as the use of internet communication technologies for small and medium size exporters, and international food-labeling regulations. To address the need for convenient, affordable export training, Purdue CIBER will develop on-line distance learning courses in such areas as shipping documentation, international letters of credit, international bank drafts, freight forwarding and customs clearance, and other subjects relevant to export operations.

Purdue's CIBER will continue to assist the Michigan State University, University of Illinois, University of Connecticut, Ohio State University, and University of Southern California CIBERs in sponsoring a Summer Institute for community college faculty

We propose to continue our co-sponsorship of the FDIB Mexico Program offered by the CIBERs of Purdue University, Texas A&M University, University of Memphis, and San Diego State University. We will co-sponsor with the Illinois CIBER, the annual workshop, Using Instructional Technology in the Teaching of Business Foreign Languages, which is designed to give language educators ideas and strategies for effectively using instructional technology to enhance the teaching of business foreign language and culture, and the Global Interdependence, Language and Culture Conference for business language and culture faculty. We will continue to publish the FDIB Directory, a record of all faculty development opportunities available from all CIBERs.

We will continue to participate in two doctoral consortia. The first, the CIBER Doctoral Internationalization Consortia, which includes CIBERs at the University of Michigan, the University of Texas at Austin, Duke University, the University of Washington, and Purdue University, is designed to encourage future business school faculty in incorporate international dimensions into their respective disciplines. Purdue CIBER will host the Operations management internationalization consortium twice, in Fall 2003, and fall 2005. Also, we will continue our participation in the Internationalizing Doctoral Education in Business (IDEB) seminar, in conjunction with the Mid America CIBER Consortium (Columbia University, Indiana University, Michigan State University, Texas A&M, Ohio State, University of Connecticut, University of Illinois, University of Kansas, University of Michigan, and the University of Wisconsin). This program complements the disciplinary focus of the other consortium through its focus on the more general topics.

Recognizing that familiarity with business subjects provides pedagogical advantages to foreign language instructors, we now propose to implement a new program to provide education to foreign language faculty and Ph.D. students through admission to the one week, intensive mini-MBA program conducted by the Krannert executive non-degree programs.

Purdue CIBER was one of the first CIBERs to focus efforts on pre-college educators by offering workshops for high school teachers, distributing Purdue’s publication Trading Around the World, and most recently collaborating with the National Council on Economic Education to develop the new curriculum, Focus on International Economics. We propose to significantly enhance our presence in that arena through a collaborative endeavor involving partnerships with the CIBER at Indiana University as well as the Indiana Center for Economic Education (ICEE) and the International Resource Centers at Indiana University. The project entails the revision and redistribution of Indiana in the World, a multi-disciplinary curriculum on international trade.

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