Global Initiatives

Visiting Scholars

The Smith School has hosted hundreds of visiting scholars over the years. Today, the School hosts about 10 visiting scholars annually. Our global visiting scholars play an integral role in the life of the School and add an important dimension to Smith's internationalization. Visiting scholars connect with students, faculty, and other stakeholders in the classroom, conduct research, and participate in co-curricular activities.

Current Visiting Scholars

Emanuel Alsina
Country and City: Modena, Italy
Home Affiliation: University of Modena and Regiio Emilia
Smith Department: Marketing

Mr. Alsina came to the Smith School as a Visiting Scholar in order to work with the Center of Complexity in Business. He is studying the diversity and complexity in group dynamics and the impact that has on group performance and the decision making process.

Alsina

Carmine Cerrone
Country and City: Salerno, Italy
Home Affiliation: University of Salerno, Post-doc
Smith Department: Decision, Operations, and Information Technologies
Contact: cerronecarmine@gmail.com

Carmine Cerrone received his MS in Computer Science from the University of Salerno and his PhD in Operative Research from the University of Calabria. He is currently a post-doc researcher at the University of Salerno. His research interests include vehicle routing, heuristic search, combinatorial optimization, and networks analysis. While in residence at the Smith School. Dr. Cerrone will be working on a research project with Professor Bruce Golden.

Cerrone

Jixiang Chen
Country and City: Beijing, China
Home Affiliation: Renmin University, Graduate student in Mathematical Economics
Smith Department: Finance
Contact: chen.jixiang@yahoo.com

Ms. Chen is an MS candidate in Mathematical Economics and Renmin University. She holds a BS in Mathematics from Wuhan University. She served as a research assistant at Renmin University and also has professional experience at Changjiang Securities in Wuhan. Ms. Chen's research focuses on applying a real investment option model to explain some asset pricing phenomena like momentum and value premium.

 

Ping Chen
Country and City: Tianjin, China
Home Affiliation: Nankai University, Assistant Professor of Logistics Management
Smith Department: Decision, Operations, and Information Technologies
Contact: chenpingbjtu@gmail.com

Ping Chen is Assistant Professor of Logistics Management at Nankai University. Dr. Chen was awarded her BS and PhD degrees in Computer Science from Beijing Jiaotong University.

Her research interests include transportation and inventory control in logistics management, combinatorial optimization, and heuristic search. She focuses on models and algorithms of vehicle routing problems (VRPs) in logistics distribution in urban areas. Her research is now centered on disaster relief routing problems. While in residence at the Smith School. Dr. Chen will be working on a research project with Professor Bruce Golden.

Chen

Robert Ciuchita
Country and City: Maastricht, Netherlands; Bucharest, Romania
Home Affiliation: Maastricht University in the Netherlands
Smith Department: Marketing
Contact: rciuchita@rhsmith.umd.edu

Mr. Ciuchita came to the Smith School of Business to work on a specific project as a part of his PhD research. He is collaborating with Dr. Roland Rust in the Smith School who is the Executive Director of both the Center for Complexity in Business and the Center for Excellence in Service. Mr. Ciuchita's research focuses on customer relationship management and customer value management. While at the Smith School, Mr. Ciuchita is studying how customer engagement with an interactive service affects the customer's relationship with the service provider. He has studied and worked on international teams in Romania, Iceland, the Netherlands and China all "while keeping one foot in the research world and the other foot in the applied business world." Mr. Ciuchita has presented his research at conferences and consortia such as Frontiers in Service, EMAC, Marketing Science, PDMA - UIC and Art & Science of Service, while the first project of his PhD research has been published in the Journal of Service Research.

Cicuchita

Li Du
Country and City: Xi'an, Shaanxi, China
Home Affiliation: Xidian University
Smith Department: Marketing
Contact: ldu@rhsmith.umd.edu

Ms. Du was graduated from Xidian University. Her research interests focus on modeling different types of online retail mechanisms such as online auctions, pay-per-bid auctions, group-buying and presales. As a visiting scholar, she is working with Dr. Jie Zhang who is an Associate Professor of Marketing at Smith and researching the effect of mobile advertising on consumer purchase behavior.

Du

Gadi Fibich 
Country and City: Tel Aviv, Israel 
Home Affiliation: Tel Aviv University 
Smith Department: Marketing 
Contact: fibich@umd.edu 

Gadi Fibich is a Professor of Applied Mathematics at Tel Aviv University. He received his Ph.D. from New York University in 1994. He works on mathematical modeling in various areas, such as Nonlinear Optics, Biochemistry and Biology, and more recently Marketing and Economics. See www.math.tau.ac.il/~fibich for more information. 

 

Mingpeng Huang
Country and City: Beijing, China
Home Affiliation: PhD candidate, Peking University, Guanghua School of Management
Smith Department: Management and Organization
Contact: mphuang2010@gmail.com

Mingpeng Huang graduated from Wuhan University with Bachelor's degrees in Management and Engineering. He has published in Acta Psychologica Sinica and China Market and presented papers at the Academy of Management Annual Conference and Biennial Conference of International Association for Chinese Management Research. While in residence at Smith, Mr. Huang is working with Professor Hui Liao on a research project about strategic leadership.

Huang

Chunhua Lan
Country and City: Sydney, Australia
Home Affiliation: University of New South Wales, Department of Banking and Finance
Smith Department: Finance
Contact: c.lan@unsw.edu.au; 4425 Van Munching Hall

Chunhua Lan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Banking and Finance at the University of New South Wales in Australia. Her research interests include asset pricing, financial intermediaries in setting asset prices, and liquidity. Before joining the UNSW, she received her PhD in Finance at Boston College and Doctor of Science in Systems Science and Mathematics at Washington University in St. Louis. Her papers have been presented at top finance conferences such as the American Finance Association annual meetings. She has been awarded several research grants from UNSW.

Lan

Xiaoping Liu
Country and City: Guangzhou, China
Home Affiliation: Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management, Sun Yat-sen University
Smith Department: Management and Organization
Contact: liuxp@mail.sysu.edu.cn, 4505 Van Munching Hall

Xiaoping Liu is Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management and Vice Chair of the Business Administration Department at Sun Yat-sen Business School of Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou. He received his BA in Education Administration from Jiangxi Normal University in 1994 and his PhD in Organizational Psychology from Zhejiang University in 2000.

Dr. Liu's has received four grants from the National Natural Science Foundation of China, the Provincial Social Science Foundation, and various companies. His research focuses on risk perception in the employee-organization relationship, commitment mechanisms, and social identity. In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate courses on organizational behavior and human resource management, Professor Liu also consults for such clients as Siemens, Danone, and Coca-Cola. While in residence at Smith, he is working with Professor Hui Liao on a research project.

Liu

Zhi-qiang Liu
Country and City: Wuhan, China
Home Affiliation: Associate Professor, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, School of Management
Smith Department: Management and Organization
Contact: zqliu@mail.hust.edu.cn

Zhi-qiang Liu is Associate Professor at Huazhong University of Science and Technology's School of Management and received his PhD from HUST in Human Resource Management in 2006. He has taught at HUST since 2006 and previously held visiting positions at City University of Hong Kong and Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Professor Liu's research interests include status competition within organizations; knowledge creation and innovation; career stagnation of knowledge workers; and ethics in human resource management. He has published in the following English language publications: International Journal of Human Resource Management, The Service Industries Journal, International Journal of Business and Emerging Markets, Journal of Business Ethics, and Journal of Organization and Management Development. Dr. Liu has been awarded research support from National Natural Science Foundation of China, China Ministry of Education, Hubei Province, and Huazhong University of Science and Technology.

While in residence at Smith, Professor Liu is working with Professor Myeong-Gu Seo on a research project.

Liu

Jules Munier
Country and City: Lausanne, Switzerland
Home Affiliation: PhD candidate, University of Lausanne
Smith Department: Finance
Contact: jules.munier@unil.ch, 4458 Van Munching Hall

Jules Munier is in residence at the Department of Finance during the fall semester. His research focuses on theoretical corporate finance, primarily by using dynamic cash models to explain managers' decisions. His current working papers are about managerial optimism and dividend smoothing. He is working at the Swiss Finance Institute with Norman Schürhoff and Erwan Morellec. Jules was attracted to the Smith School by the opportunity to work with Dean Triantis and other faculty. He has a Master's degree from the University of Geneva in Management and a Master's degree from the University of Lausanne in Finance.

Munier

Jenny Nossack
Country and City: Siegen, Germany
Home Affiliation: University of Siegen, Post-doc
Smith Department: Decision, Operations, and Information Technologies
Contact: jenny.nossack@uni-siegen.de

Jenny Nossack studied Mathematics at the Technical University of Berlin. She currently works as a research assistant at the University of Siegen at the Department of Management Information Science of Professor Erwin Pesch. She received her doctoral degree in 2013 and currently holds a post-doc position. In her dissertation she addressed logistics problems (e.g., routing and partitioning issues) encountered in intermodal freight transportation. Her work was awarded a dissertation prize from the German Operations Research Society (GOR). She has also published her research in international journals such as Computers & Operations Research, European Journal of Operational Research, and International Journal of Production Economics. 

Nossack

Manuel Chica Serrano
Country and City: Asturias, Spain
Home Affiliation: European Centre for Soft Computing
Smith Department: Marketing
Contact: manuel.chica@softcomputing.es

Mr. Chica Serrano was drawn to the Smith School of Business by the research of Dr. William Rand, who is the Director of Center for Complexity in Business. Now, he is working in the Marketing Department studying agent-based modeling, optimization algorithms and social simulations. He obtained his PhD at the University of Granada on the use of multiobjective optimization and soft computing for combinatorial industrial problems. Then, he moved to the European Centre for Soft Computing where he is the associate researcher of his unit. He also hopes to link his capabilities with local businesses and other international researchers working with the research group at the Smith School during his time at Smith.

Serrano

Ana Suarez Vazquez
Country and City: Oviedo, Spain
Home Affiliation: University of Oviedo
Smith Department: Marketing
Contact: asuarezvazquez@rhsmith.umd.edu

Ana Suarez is associate professor of marketing at Oviedo University, Spain. She has received a three months mobility grant from de International Campus of Excellence to come as a visiting scholar to the Marketing Department of the Robert H. Smith School of Business. Her research interests include consumer choice models and the role of emotions in consumption. Her research is now focused on the analysis of the cinema market and in the marketing health field.

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Wouter Vermeer
Country and City: Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Home Affiliation: RSM Erasmus University
Smith Department: Marketing
Contact: wvermeer@rhsmith.umd.edu

Mr. Wouter is at Smith working with the Center for Complexity in Business to perform research around the propagation and diffusion of information in complex networks. As global markets are increasingly interconnected, businesses often need to partner and collaborate in order to meet customer demand. This new business model, called the smart business network, is a major component of Mr. Wouter's research. He is currently working to model information flows in order to identify the role of the structure of interactions on the outcomes of such processes.

 

Shuxi Wang
Country and City: Beijing, China
Home Affiliation: University of International Business and Economics, Assistant Professor
Smith Department: Decision, Operations, and Information Technologies
Contact: swang128@umd.edu

Wang

Dong-min Yang
Country and City: Gwangju, South Korea
Home Affiliation: Lecturer, Chonnam National University
Smith Department: Management and Organization
Contact: ponasada@hanmail.net

Dong-min Yang is a lecturer at Chonnam National University in Gwangju, South Korea. He completed his PhD in Business Administration (Organizational Behavior concentration) at Chonnam University in 2012. He has published in Korean Academy of Organization and Management, Korean Management Review, Korean Corporation Management Review, Korean Journal of Management, DAEHAN Journal of Business, The Journal of Business Education, The Korean Journal of Human Resource Development, and The Journal of Industrial Innovation. Dr. Yang has presented his research at conferences in Australia, China, Macau, and Singapore.

Professor Yang has taught courses in business ethics, human relations, organizational behavior, organizational development, and organizational theory. While in residence at Smith, he is working with Professor Myeong-Gu Seo on a research project.

Yang

Jie Zhang
Country and City: Xi'an, China
Home Affiliation: Xi'an Jiaotong University, School of Management, PhD candidate
Smith Department: Management & Organization
Contact: elsa20130412@gmail.com

Jie Zhang is a PhD candidate in Organizational Behavior at Xi'an Jiaotong University's School of Management. She has published articles in China Soft Sciences, Management Review, and Nankai Business Review. Ms. Zhang teaches courses in microeconomics and organizational behavior at Xi'an Foreign Language University and she holds a BS in Engineering from Jilin University.

Zhang

RMIT - Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne

Formerly Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, RMIT commenced operations in 1887. Since then, the university has grown to become one of the largest in Australia and has built a worldwide reputation for excellence in vocational and technical education and research. RMIT is Australia's most international and culturally diverse university. It is an urban university with about 57,000 students total, and the business school is located a few blocks from other university buildings. Australia is the most popular choice among our undergraduate students.

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Work Opportunities

Housing

MBA course offerings are similar to our own core courses with a particular focus on strategy. Electives are also available.

Exchange students can work up to 20 hours per week while in school. Students are responsible for finding their own jobs but assistance is available.

As an urban campus, RMIT does not offer on-campus housing. However, a variety of options are available including: apartments, student hostels, and homestays.

For more information, visit RMIT’s exchange program website.

What Smith students have to say about RMIT:

“Deciding to study abroad is by far the best decision I have ever made in my life. The moment I stepped off of the plane in Melbourne I knew that I would be having the time of my life and that a semester abroad is far too short. The best part was that the locals were more then happy to teach me about their culture and consider me their 'mate.' Till this day I cannot stop thinking about my incredible opportunity there and I highly urge everyone to take a risk and go somewhere unfamiliar. Not only did I learn so much about the country, but I learned a lot about myself. Australia gave me a chance to see my world very differently and I would give anything to go back to the land down under.

- Smith Student, Class of 2006

Guanghua School of Management - Beijing, China

Guanghua

The Guanghua School of Management, Peking University is one of the best business schools in China. The School is staffed with about 100 full-time teaching faculty members. About half of the faculty earned their PhD degrees from prestigious universities overseas including: Harvard, Oxford, Stanford, and UC-Berkeley. Guanghua has a total enrollment of more than 3,000 students and recently won first place as the most Influential MBA of China in a ranking conducted by World Executive.

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Guanghua offers 15-20 business courses taught in English per semester. Students are also encouraged to take Business Chinese.

Exchange students are eligible to access all career services including corporate presentations, career coaching, and job postings.

Due to overwhelming demand for on-campus housing, students must find private accommodations on their own. Assistance from the Office of International Relations is provided.

For more information, visit Guanghua’s exchange program website.

Copenhagen Business School - Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen

Copenhagen Business School (CBS) is a private educational institution established in 1917 by the Danish Society for the Advancement of Business Education. CBS has around 15,000 students and an annual intake of around 1,000 exchange students. With this number of students as well as around 400 full-time researchers and around 500 administrative employees, CBS is one of the three largest business schools in Northern Europe.

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CBS offers over 100 courses taught in English each semester. Exchange students participate in a “crash course” prior to the semester designed to orient them to the language and culture of Denmark.

Exchange students are eligible to work part-time up to 15 hours per week. However, students are forewarned that jobs in Denmark are scarce.

Students can choose from dorm-style accommodations where they live with other exchange students or make arrangements on their own for a private apartment or flat.

For more information, visit CBS’s exchange program website.

What Smith students have to say about Copenhagen:

"I had the time of my life, living with people from about 20 different countries. It was a great chance to network, to meet people from other cultures, and to know about different lifestyles. Their exchange crew was VERY, VERY good... we had the most amazing introduction week and got to make good friends with the Danes and also other exchange students. Their international office was also very helpful in addressing all of our concerns. However, their study system was a little hard to get used to."

- Smith Student, Class of 2007

SKEMA Business School - Sophia Antipolis, France

France

SKEMA is one of our global partners in the Global Technology and Management Consortium, a group of 5 leading universities around the world focused on technology. Located in the French Riviera, SKEMA is close to many highly regarded technology enterprises. This is generally a graduate exchange, but undergraduates interested in attending this school for a semester will be able to do so.

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SKEMA offers over 40 graduate business courses taught in English each semester. Courses in French are also available to exchange students with language proficiency.

Exchange students are eligible to work part-time in a non-paid internship while taking classes.

Exchange students can choose from on-campus apartments or private accommodations in nearby Haut Sartoux or Antibes. The Housing office assists with exploring these options and roommate matching.

For more information, visit SKEMA’s exchange program website.

WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management

Koblenz, Germany

Koblenz, Germany

WHU is considered the preeminent business school in Germany. WHU has a strong interest in international business, as well as corporate responsibility. It is a small school, with about 600 students and the classroom dynamic is lively and interactive. Koblenz is a small town located on the Rhine and Mosel rivers, about 1 hour west of Frankfurt.

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All MBA and MSc courses are taught in English. Exchange students are eligible to enroll in courses from both the MBA and MSc programs.

The placement office is available to exchange students and they will work with you on securing a work permit for a post-semester internship.

Students can choose from dorm-style accommodations where they live with other exchange students or make arrangements on their own for a private apartment or flat.

 For more information, visit WHU’s exchange program website.

Doing Business in Europe: Central Germany and Northern Italy

Faculty lead Charles Olson
Destination Berlin, Germany and Milan, Italy
Dates abroad March 18-25, 2017
Dates on campus Sunday, Sept 25, 2016 (Common Core)
Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016
Sunday, March 5, 2017
Sunday,  April 9, 2017
Relevant career track(s) Strategy and general management
Eligibility Open to 2nd and 3rd year full-time and part-time MBA students. No application required to register for AY 16-17.
Estimated Costs Fall 2016: 1 credit of tuition + $2500 program fee
Program fee covers shared accommodation, in-country ground transportation, some group meals, business visits, applied learning component, and cultural activities for the abroad portion of the program.
Spring 2017: 3 credits of tuition + Education Abroad Fee ($250) + Mandatory International Health Insurance Fee ($39, estimated)
Not included: international airfare, visa processing if applicable, most meals, personal expenses.
Credit structure 1 credit earned during Fall semester + 3 credits earned during Spring semester. Total credits earned = 4 credits.
Registration instructions March 2016: Register for MBA Global Business Courses when registering for Fall 2016 courses.
Add/drop deadlines Final course drop date is Friday, September 9, 2016.

The course will illustrate the experience of Germany and Italy as well as industry clusters and companies within these nations at using business models to foster industrial and commercial development. The focus will be on the application of the following models: Five forces, the cluster model, Porter's diamond and national policy in both a historical and current context. It is expected that students will have a knowledge of the global environment from BUSI 683 before taking the course. The theme of integrated planning for business and export success in today's global environment will be explored in the course through readings and cases, cultural experiences, business visits and an applied learning project.

Applied learning component

Students will develop a plan for a new business that would fall within one of the clusters studied.

Skills and knowledge gained

  1. Learning and application of the cluster and diamond models in commercial Europe.
  2. Develop and understanding of contemporary Germany and Italy through observation and experimentation.

Questions?

Contact the Office of Global Initiatives at ogi@rhsmith.umd.edu.

Doing Business in South Africa: Opportunities Along the Path to Economic Maturity

Faculty lead Bennet Zelner
Destination Cape Town, South Africa
Dates abroad January 11 (arrive Johannesburg) - January 20 (depart Cape Town), 2017
Dates on campus Sunday, September 25, 2016
Sunday, December 4, 2016
Feb/March/April: TBD
Eligibility Open to 2nd and 3rd year full-time and part-time MBA students. No application required to register for AY 16-17.
Estimated Costs Fall 2016: 1 credit of tuition + $2500 program feeProgram fee covers shared accommodation, in-country ground transportation, some group meals, business visits, applied learning component, and cultural activities for the abroad portion of the program.
Spring 2017: 3 credits of tuition + Education Abroad Fee ($250) + Mandatory International Health Insurance Fee ($39, estimated)
Not included: international airfare, visa processing if applicable, most meals, personal expenses.
Add/drop deadlines Final course drop date is Friday, September 9, 2016. 
Credit structure 1 credit earned during Fall semester + 3 credits earned during Spring semester. Total credits earned = 4 credits.

South Africa has one of Africa’s largest and most developed economies. Yet in 2016, the country achieved a mediocre ranking of 73rd in the world—between Botswana and Tunisia—on the World Bank’s “Doing Business” index, which provides objective measures of business regulations in 189 economies. We will focus on the economic, political, and social institutions that shape the South African business environment and the design or adaptation of firms’ business models to fit with this environment. The class will have a consulting orientation, as reflected in the assignments. The field component of the class will take place in Cape Town, South Africa.

Applied learning component

Student teams will undertake consulting projects for firms located in South Africa.

Skills and knowledge gained

In addition to learning about the South African business environment, students will develop the broader ability to analyze the business environment of a given country and assess the implications for doing business there. The primary tool that we will use for this purpose is the CAGE framework.

Questions?

Contact the Office of Global Initiatives at ogi@rhsmith.umd.edu.

Doing Business in Brazil: Growth Opportunities in an Emerging Market

Faculty Paulo Prochno
Destination Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro
Eligibility Open to 2nd and 3rd year full-time and part-time MBA students. No application required to register for AY 16-17.
Estimated costs

Fall 2016: 1 credit of tuition + $2500 Program Fee
Program fee covers shared accommodation, in-country ground transportation, some group meals, business visits, applied learning component, and cultural activities for the abroad portion of the program.

Spring 2017: 3 credits of tuition + Education Abroad Fee ($250) + Mandatory International Health Insurance Fee ($39, estimated)

*Not included: international airfare, flight between Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, visa processing if applicable, most meals, personal expenses.

Registration instructions March 2016: Register for MBA Global Business Courses when registering for Fall 2016 courses.
Add/drop deadlines Final course drop date is Friday, September 9, 2016.
Credit structure 1 credit earned during Fall semester + 3 credits earned during Spring semester.  Total credits earned = 4 credits.
Dates on campus Sunday, October 23, 2016
Sunday, December 4, 2016
Sunday, March 5, 2017
Sunday, April 16 OR April 23, 2017 (TBA)
Dates abroad March 18-25, 2017
Info session TBA
Questions? Contact the Office of Global Initiatives, ogi@rhsmith.umd.edu

Emerging markets have become one of the main drivers for global growth in the past few years. This course will bring a comprehensive view of the challenges and opportunities related to doing business in and from Brazil. We will focus on the institutional, economic and cultural characteristics of the country, given a comprehensive view of the differences between Brazil and the U.S. The course comprises lectures and company visits, as well as a consulting project for one local company. Through direct contact with executives and entrepreneurs working in the country, students will be able to gain hands-on knowledge about Brazil and expand their business network.

Applied learning component

Consulting project for a start-up company in the creative industries segment – in collaboration with Rio Criativo, an incubator sponsored by the Government of Rio de Janeiro.

Skills and knowledge gained

Throughout this course students will

  1. Understand the major growth areas and opportunities in Brazil.
  2. Understand the cultural and institutional differences between Brazil and the US.
  3. Learn about the macro and micro economic factors behind Brazil’s growth.
  4. Apply marketing, finance, strategy, and accounting concepts to help a start-up company develop/implement their business model.
  5. Gain knowledge of Brazil’s business environment and how to succeed in that environment.

Doing Business in India: An Engine for Growth and Opportunities

Faculty Professor Progyan Basu 
Destination New Delhi and Bengaluru 
Eligibility Open to 2nd and 3rd year full-time and part-time MBA students. No application required to register for AY 2016-17.
Estimated costs

Fall 2016: 1 credit of tuition + $2500 Program Fee.
Program fee covers shared accommodation, in-country ground transportation, some group meals, business visits, applied learning component, and cultural activities for the abroad portion of the program.

Spring 2017: 3 credits of tuition + Education Abroad Fee ($250) + Mandatory International Health Insurance Fee ($39, estimated)

*Not included: international airfare, flight between Delhi and Bangalore, visa processing if applicable, most meals, personal expenses.

Registration instructions March 2016: Register for MBA Global Business Courses when registering for Fall 2016 courses.
Add/drop deadlines Final course drop date is Friday, September 9, 2016.
Credit structure 1 credit earned during Fall semester + 3 credits earned during Spring semester.  Total credits earned = 4 credits.
Dates on campus

Sunday, September 25, 2016
Sunday, December 4, 2016
February/March: TBD

Dates abroad January 3 (arrive Delhi) - January 12 (depart Bangalore), 2017 
Info session TBA
Questions? Contact the Office of Global Initiatives, ogi@rhsmith.umd.edu

India’s natural resources, manufacturing sector, and young, energized and educated work force has created potential for additional investments in strategic markets. This study abroad program will examine the evolution of the Indian business environment in the years since economic reforms that started in 1991. The post-reform era has been marked by consistent progress, but significant challenges remain. Although reforms were characterized by liberalization of the economy and a transition to market capitalism, the government sector still looms large in India.  The two year-old Modi government came to power with the promise to jump-start the economy, in part by further liberalizing the economy.  Against this backdrop, students will study the experience of a number of sectors of the Indian economy.

Relevant readings will be combined with company visits, and discussions with experts and thought leaders. In addition to understanding the role of the government in industry, students will also gain an understanding of social, political, and cultural determinants of the business environment. They will learn about key trends and forces that will have a significant impact on the fortunes of India industry. The Indian experiment provides fascinating insight into the fundamental question of what conditions facilitate economic growth and are conducive to the existence of a vibrant business sector.   

Applied learning component

The applied learning component will have students focus on specific issues faced by global companies doing business in India. For this, they will need to contextualize their solution based on the understanding of forces driving the Indian economy. 

This will involve exploration of market opportunities, formulation of market-entry strategies, sector-specific research etc.  Teams will begin their research before the in-country component, will get the opportunity to do relevant fact-finding when in India, and will be required to make presentations upon return.

Skills and Knowledge

Students will gain first-hand knowledge and experience of cultural, administrative, geographic and economic factors that are shaping India’s economic development.

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