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Purdue CIBER’s Competitive Advantage

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Purdue CIBER’s Competitive Advantage

Purdue University provides a world-class academic environment for the CIBER program. A member of the American Association of Universities, Purdue has nearly 66,000 students throughout its statewide campus network, with over 38,000 students enrolled on the main campus in West Lafayette, Indiana. It ranks eighth in the nation in production of Ph.D. graduates, and in the top one percent of all universities in research and development. Purdue’s schools of Agriculture, Engineering, and Management consistently ranked among the top programs in the nation, and rankings continued to. Purdue ranks among the top five universities in the number of engineering bachelor’s degrees granted each year, and Purdue’s Schools of Engineering currently rank seventh nationally, up from ninth in the past year, according to the U.S. News and World Report (Fall 2001). At more than 1,000 per year, Purdue awards more degrees annually in Information Technology than any other school in the nation. The Krannert School of Management's undergraduate, MBA, and executive programs are highly ranked by leading business publications. For example:

  • The most recent MBA program rankings, conducted by the Wall Street Journal (April 2001), placed the Krannert Graduate School of Management MBA program sixth among all MBA programs world-wide by, and second among all public universities. Krannert’s graduate Operations Management and Quantitative Analysis programs were ranked second and sixth respectively.

  • The U.S. News and World Report (Spring 2001) placed the Operations Management Program second, Quantitative Analysis seventh, Management Information Systems fourteenth and the overall program twenty-third.

  • In 1999, Computerworld ranked Krannert’s MBA seventh among Techno-MBAs (up from twelfth in 1997).

  • Student services and placement have been ranked highly by major international business publications. The Economist’s fall 1999 survey ranked Krannert number one in overall career satisfaction among 115 programs. The Financial Times ranked the MBA programs second for placement success among U.S. universities, and fourth world-wide.

  • The Krannert School of Management undergraduate program was ranked third nationally in Production/Operations Management by the U.S. News and World Report (Fall 2001), fourth in the field of Quantitative Analysis, and fourteenth overall.

  • Krannert’s Executive Masters Program has been comfortably raked among the top twenty executive programs in each of the last four polls conducted by Business Week, and was ranked 14th in the most recent poll of executive programs

The Schools of Industrial, Civil, and Aerospace Engineering all continue to be ranked among the top four programs of their kind nationwide (U.S. News and World Report, 2001). Within Purdue’s School of Agriculture, the Center for Food and Agricultural Business, and the Department of Agricultural Economics are consistently ranked among the top five. Purdue’s foreign language programs provide vital support for the CIBER mission. Within the School of Liberal Arts, the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures offers one of the oldest Business Language Programs in the nation, with courses in Business German, French, and Spanish having been offered since 1976. Current business language offerings also include Italian, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, and Russian. Purdue’s Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures is pioneering new computer based language training methodologies through the Center for Technology-Enhanced Language Learning and Instruction (TELL).

Creating New Global Horizons in Business Education
The San Diego State University CIBER
ABSTRACT of Planned Activities:

10/1/2002 through 9/30/2006

    Since 1989, Title VI and the CIBERs have played a critical role in helping to expand and sustain efforts to globalize American higher education. By melding the traditional pursuits of business, languages, area studies and communications, a new faculty research and teach calculus has been created. The benefits are emerging in the form of stronger, more relevant curricula, better prepared faculty, a tendency toward more incisive action by American business, and a more cooperative relationship between higher education, government and the public and non-profit sectors. Our national and economic security is clearly dependent upon a well-informed and cross-trained citizenry, with the capacity to explore and develop in new cultures and different languages, and seize leadership roles in the new political and economic systems that are the globalized world in which we live.

Cold calculations are under way across the globe, inside corporations and governments, in the race to slash costs and protect profits. New manufacturing centers, new joint ventures and alliances, increasing reliance on software for everything from answering phones to distribution logistics and managing corporate cash. With China in the WTO, its presence as a supplier of cheap labor, talented engineers and improving infrastructure, a formidable challenge is faced by strategic planners around the globe. Prepare or die. This urgency motivates many of the activities which our CIBER will undertake in 2002-2006.

Our proposed agenda of activities for 2002-06 takes into account the successes and lessons learned, yet relies heavily on a slate of new and groundbreaking projects and activities designed to incorporate new challenges and approaches into undergraduate and graduate business education. Along the way, we propose to develop some very new teaching methodologies and approaches focused on international negotiation and cross-cultural business models. Our outreach to the business community will expand considerably in concert with a renewed partnership with agencies local, statewide and international whose focus and dedication to international business are as strident and vocal as our own.

The nation’s economic security depends, increasingly, on our ability to compete in the global marketplace. Globalization depends on open borders and ready access to transportation and communication. Fueled by trade, globalization has advanced the ambitions, and boosted the bottom line, of some of the world’s largest corporations, many of them based in the U.S., Europe and Japan. International trade now accounts for almost 20% of global gross domestic product, up from just 10% a decade ago. Markets for many products are now completely international, with prices determined globally rather than locally. (BusinessWeek, October 22, 2001; p.30) For San Diego and the southern California region, foreign exports already account for a rapidly growing share of the region’s work force and output, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. That agency ranked San Diego as the #7 region with the largest increase in exports from 1993 to 1999, surpassing even Los Angeles. When considering the country’s 25 largest metropolitan areas, San Diego was ranked #1. This surge created tens of thousands of high-paying manufacturing and service-sector jobs in small to medium-sized companies, far outpacing the overall expansion of the regional economy during the same period. According to Commerce, 97% of all U.S. export growth in the 1990’s was provided not by powerful multinationals but by small and medium-sized companies. In 2000, California’s exports surged to a record $129.7 billion, increasing 20.8% over 1999 and eclipsing $100 billion for the fifth consecutive year. According to Governor Gray Davis, “This is outstanding news, and underscores the strengths of California’s diverse economy. Technology driven advances in a wide range of industrial sectors have helped global demand for California-made products.”

According to Matthew Anderson, District Director for the U.S. Department of Commerce, the growth is coming from small to medium-sized companies, the backbone of the local economy, which are now on a rapid growth track and are doing a large part of their business shipping their products outside the country.

As we entered the final year of this 1998-2002 grant cycle and in anticipation of this proposal, the faculty and staff of the San Diego State University CIBER, in concert with our reconstructed Advisory Council, engaged in a rigorous evaluation of every activity under the CIBER umbrella. As a result, some of the most critical academic components have been absorbed by the University through institutionalization. Several activities have achieved their objectives and will be modified or concluded shortly. For other projects, the responsibility will be shifted to partners while we retain a participatory role. In addition, as required and as part of our long-term strategy as a Center, we have developed a number of very promising projects and development initiatives which are reflected in the following proposed set of activities for 2002-2006.

Our proposed activities for 2002-2006 follow the six programmatic requirements contained within the CIBER mandate. Woven into the narrative are the ways in which our CIBER meets and exceeds the programmatic guidelines contained in sections 611(b) and 612(a) and (c) of the statute that authorizes CIBER. Our objectives are clearly delineated and flow from the context of the statutes, illustrating the significance of the Center, its proposed projects, and the impact of our anticipated outcomes.

Nevertheless, we are identifying new resources and partners so that the impact of this Center will be felt more fully and completely by each of our constituencies. We believe that the proposed activities clearly delineate the local, regional, and national impact this Center has and will continue to have.

Of equal importance is the fact that while we note the many ways in which we meet the authorizing statute and further its purposes, we also carefully document the critical need for both the CIBER program overall and the ways in which specific activities address these needs. Throughout, the quality of our strategic management plan will be apparent, as will the expertise of program faculty and staff, our experience in meeting deadlines and objectives, and the way in which the projects in particular and CIBER overall have been designed to achieve maximum effectiveness.

We have designed, in concert with the overall CIBER group and for our own purposes, a set of comprehensive goal-objective-outcome strategies for assessment purposes and to document the ways in which the projects are advancing their particular fields, whether research, curricular or experiential. We seek to meet the mandate with a balanced approach to the requirements while utilizing our institution's particular strengths in order to address the specific needs of our student, faculty, and business stakeholders, thereby striking a deliberate balance between the limitless and limited, between quantity and quality.

As a result of several strategic planning exercises with our Advisory Council, we will more actively engage the business community in developing more intensive, short-term, responsive programs which meet very specific education or research needs, such as trade missions, on-site language training for companies, translation services, and matchmaker services and international contact development assistance through overseas partners and agencies such as the World Trade Association, San Diego and the U.S. Department of Commerce network. Each new activity and area of emphasis will be meticulously documented to serve as potential models for our partner systems, the California State University, the California Community Colleges, and universities nationwide.

Our mission as a University is rapidly growing more similar to the themes which drive the CIBER mandate. San Diego State University, as a natural result of its strategic location, numerous resources, and the vision of our president, Dr. Stephen Weber, is becoming an international University. We will continue to be the model CIBER for regional universities and we hope that our proposal reflects the focus, energy, enthusiasm, and dedication with which we accept this challenge.
In brief, for 2002-2006, we will pursue several new initiatives:

Programmatic Requirement 1:

Interdisciplinary programs which incorporate foreign language and international studies training into business, finance, management, communications systems and other professional curricula.

  • Brazil Dual Degree:

  • Project CAMEXUS

  • Business In Cuba

  • New Asia Pacific Business Studies Curriculum:

  • CIBER Undergraduate Case Competition
  • The Embassy Intern Program with U.S. Department of Commerce
  • California Trade and Commerce Intern Program

  • Global Trade Network, USAID.

  • International Business Cooperative Education Program

Programmatic Requirement II: Interdisciplinary programs which provide business, finance, management, communication systems, and other professional training for foreign language and international studies faculty and advanced degree candidates.

  • International Business For Foreign Language Professionals – University of Memphis Workshops

  • Southwest CIBER Consortium FDIBs

  • International Negotiation Workshops

  • New Graduate Programs in Asia Pacific Business Studies

Programmatic Requirement III:

Evening or summer programs, including, but not limited to intensive language programs, available to members of the business community and other professionals which are designed to develop or enhance their international skills, awareness, and expertise.

  • International Negotiation Workshops

  • Extended Studies courses/programs

  • Executive MBA outreach - SDSU & Scotland

  • World Trade Center, San Diego Programming

Programmatic Requirement IV:

Collaborative programs, activities or research involving other institutions of higher education, local educational agencies, professional associations, businesses, firms or combinations of such, to promote the development of international skills, awareness, and expertise among current and prospective members of the business community and other professionals.

  • International negotiation workshops

  • Community College FDIB’s – Northern and Southern California

  • Consulting to other universities

  • eCIBERNet: The Virtual One-Stop International Business Training Center and Network:

  • CIBER Faculty Research Grant Program

  • Community College IB Working Group

  • CIBER National Business Spanish Examination

  • CIBER/LARC Collaborative Program.

  • African Development Institute

Programmatic Requirement V:

Research designed to strengthen and improve the international aspects of business and professional education and to promote integrated curricula

  • CIBER Faculty Research Grants Program

  • CIBER Working Paper Series

  • SDSU CIBER Press

  • International Negotiation Cases & Simulations

Programmatic Requirement VI:

Research designed to promote the international competitiveness of American businesses and firms, including those not currently active in international trade.

  • International Negotiation Simulations and Cases

  • SDSU CIBER Press

  • CIBER Working Paper Series

  • CIBER Faculty Grant Program

  • PACIBER Research and Outreach

  • Global Trade Index


CIBER Proposal Abstract

Temple University is the second largest employer in the City of Philadelphia, and its mission has been to serve the not so fortunate members of society. Its commitment to excellence is manifested in the high ranking of the Fox School of Business and Management, which was ranked in the top the 75 business schools by Forbes Magazine (October 15, 2001), and whose Executive MBA program was ranked 32nd in the world by Financial Times (October 22, 2001). The Academy of International Business recognized the Fox School’s commitment to international education and research by bestowing upon M. Moshe Porat the prestigious award of International Dean of the Year at its international meeting in Sydney, Australia.

The future of economic development in Eastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and Delaware will largely depend upon increasing the international skills and knowledge of executives and faculty in the business and academic community respectively, as well as on increasing their awareness of the opportunities and challenges that exist in the global economy. To that end, the mission of the Temple CIBER is to promote a greater involvement in international activities by academic institutions, business firms, and executives in small and medium size firms in Eastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and Delaware. To date there is not a single CIBER in this region. As such, the Temple CIBER’s activities will serve catalysts in:

  1. Enhancing the business community’s knowledge and skills required to succeed in international business;

  2. Creating a greater appreciation amongst business and non-business faculty in the region of the importance for success in the global economy of competences in three key areas: (i) business functions, (ii) foreign language, and (iii) geographic area;

  3. Promoting close collaboration among business firms and academic institutions in the region as well as with organizations that support business activities in the region. The Temple CIBER will play a significant role in developing programs and conducting research designed to elevate the overall attractiveness of the region as the place to conduct international business activities.

The programs proposed in the Temple CIBER will involve deep collaboration between the Fox School and (i) Temple’s College of Liberal Arts; School of Education; and Beasley School of Law; (ii) programs involving leadership roles by faculty from The Philadelphia University, DeSales University (Allentown, PA), and Rowan University (South Jersey); (iii) organizations outside of academia that are deeply involved in developing the region as a leading center for exports, imports, and inward direct investment, such as the Delaware River Port Authority, Ben Franklin Technology Partnership, The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, and the Delaware Valley Industrial Resource Center.

Activities in collaboration with faculty in the School of Education, and College of Liberal Arts, and Beasley School of Law at Temple University include:

  1. Programs and activities that would improve the teaching capabilities of language faculty through participation in seminars, improvement of media resources, and fellowships to participate in FDIB programs.

  2. Development of two new certificate programs (i) Asian Business and Society Certificate, and (ii) Latin American Business and Society Certificate.

  3. Annual conference on Global Security and Ethics.

Collaboration with Philadelphia University, DeSales University, and Rowan University will be in the following areas:

1. International virtual team projects for graduate students in business. This program will involve students from the U.S. and from Mexico in cross-cultural teams working on business strategy case analyses (with DeSales University and ITESM in Mexico City).

2. Study-abroad courses for graduate and undergraduate students (Philadelphia University and DeSales University).

3. Support of the Web site “Everything International” (Philadelphia University).

4. Training of SMEs that are new to exporting (Rowan University).

Collaboration with the Delaware River Port Authority, the Ben Franklin Technology Partnership, and The Delaware Valley Industrial Resource Center will be on research projects in three areas: (1) Research on “best practices” to attract FDI to the region, (2) Research on enhancing the effectiveness and expansion of the Bio-technology cluster in the region, and (3) Research on the reasons for, and strategies to prevent, emigration of trained personnel from the region. Each of these research projects, which are designed to help in developing the attractiveness of the region as an international business center, was conceived after extensive discussions with the partner institutions.
In the above we presented programs of the Temple CIBER in partnership with disciplines outside of the Fox School and organizations outside of Temple University. All academic seminars and conferences proposed by the Temple CIBER will be open to participation of faculty and students from all institutions in the area and nationally. Similarly practitioner oriented seminars and conferences will be available to executives in the region and beyond.
We have developed the various activities proposed by the Temple CIBER after extensive consultations involving several meetings with each of our partner institutions in and out of Temple University. As such, the proposed activities are aimed at meeting all six purposes and programmatic requirements of the CIBER statute, as well as to serve the needs of our many constituents in the region. Evidence of the commitment of our partners to help in making the Temple CIBER a success is the fact that the heads of our key internal and external partners have all agreed to serve on our Advisory Board.
The Temple CIBER activities are driven by the following six core objectives:

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