Global Initiatives

BMGT498I: Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Contemporary South African Context

Program Dates

January 4-16, 2015
First paid night for accommodation in Cape Town is Monday, January 5, 2015. Last paid night for accommodation in Cape Town is Thursday, January 15, 2015.


Cape Town, South Africa


Associate Dean Victor Mullins, PhD & Jeanette Snider, MA

Program Fee

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NOTE: Admission of students with complete applications is on a competitive basis and application review will take place during the one week period following the "last day to apply" date. Admissions notifications will be sent on or after the decision date.

“Ranked by the World Bank as an “upper middle-income country”, South Africa is the largest economy in Africa – and it remains rich with promise. It was admitted to the BRIC group of countries of Brazil, Russia, India and China (known as BRICS) in 2011... The economy has a marked duality, with a sophisticated financial and industrial economy having grown alongside an underdeveloped informal economy. It is this “second economy” which presents both potential and a developmental challenge.” -Source:

Cape Town recently hosted the 5th Entrepreneur Expo and Conference and is considered the entrepreneurial capital of South Africa.  Students will be immersed in the field of social innovation by visiting local businesses and government agencies that support Cape Town’s growing venture activity.  They will also engage with students currently enrolled in the University of Cape Town’s Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.  Cultural visits will foster understanding of the unique South African story so that students can fully engage in the world of designing creative, sustainable processes towards social change.

This course emphasizes practical application of course concepts and frameworks in real-world contexts. During this course, we will ask you to see yourself as a social entrepreneur. We will take an interactive approach to familiarizing you with social innovation as both a discipline and practice. The course provides a dynamic academic, practical, and personal experience.  Students are immersed in the world of designing creative, sustainable processes towards social change using multiple learning strategies that can be customized for each student. By the end of the course, you will have formed your own approach to social entrepreneurship and innovation, and you will have begun to develop the concepts, mind-sets, skills, and relationships that will enable you to continue to be an effective social innovator throughout your life.

Quotes from Smith students who were part of May 2014’s course to South Africa: 

"The Smith trip to South Africa has changed my life, not in one way, but every way possible. I now consider myself an agent of change. I have a deeper understanding of other people due to the course being a place of engagement and play rather than note-taking. And I am also more aware of who I am as a person and how to bring my FULL self to the table. These are rare life lessons, and this is a once in a lifetime opportunity that must be experienced." - Chris Lane

"The resilience, optimism, and beauty of the people matched with the breathtaking scenery definitely made this an experience that I not only will never forget but also one that changed my view on humanity, business, and social responsibility forever." - Foluke Tuakli

What else do you need to know?

PROGRAM DETAILS   International flights should not be booked until confirmation of course acceptance.  Once registered for the course, students are advised, but not required, to purchase refundable airplane tickets to counter any inconvenience caused by a change in unforeseen circumstances. Oftentimes, students have made their travel arrangements through STA Travel, a discount student travel agency. Details for an optional group flight from Dulles International Airport to Cape Town will be made available asap.  Each student will, however, be responsible for payment in full of their own flight. 

THE COURSE PROGRAM FEE ($3,000) includes UMD tuition for 3 credits; lodging in a shared accomodations; transportation in and around Cape Town for scheduled activities; on-site support and orientation; costs for any mandatory academic and cultural excursions and/or activities; most group meals; professor and partner fees; pre-departure meetings and excursions; UM Education Abroad services; International health insurance, including medical evacuation and repatriation of remains coverage. Not included: personal expenses, a few meals, optional trip insurance and international airfare. Students are responsible for obtaining and paying for their own visa and/or entry fee where applicable. 

PAYMENT OF THE PUBLISHED PROGRAM FEE is divided into three separate charges that are collected accordingly: 

(1) A non-refundable $50 application fee payable online by credit card is due at the time of application.

(2) Upon acceptance into the program, a $250 non-refundable deposit payable online by credit card is due within 10 days or less. The exact due date of this deposit will be communicated when student is accepted. Applicants understand that when he/she pays this deposit after being accepted into the program, it is deemed to be a commitment of participation. This deposit is non-refundable under any circumstances.

(3) The remaining balance will be due upon Education Abroad's registration of student into the program. This amount will appear on the student's account and will be payable before the end of the next billing cycle. See UMD's Education Abroad's website for other Refund and Withdrawal rules.

Any scholarship monies awarded by Smith will be credited to the student's account once the charge appears on his/her account. All efforts will be made to have the scholarship monies credited prior to payment due date.

Other Study Abroad Financial Aid Sources

Boren Scholarship

Provides award money to students who plan to study abroad in regions critical to U.S. national security. Students will work in a U.S. Government agency for a minimum of one year upon graduating college. Open to all years and majors.

Bridging Scholarship for Study in Japan

For study abroad in Japan. Recipients receive $2,500 for a semester or $4,000 for an academic year. Open to Freshman, Sophomores, and Juniors and all majors.

Critical Language Scholarship

Open to all majors and years of study. Sponsored by the US Department of State, this scholarship takes place in the summer and is awarded to students who plan to study a critical language.

DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship

For study, thesis research, and/or internships in Germany. Open to Sophomores and Juniors with a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Gilman International Scholarship

Open to students who receive Pell Grants.

Ministry of Education Huayu Enrichment Scholarship

Open to all years of study and majors with a survival proficiency of Chinese. This scholarship is applicable to students who plan to study at a Mandarin speaking university or college-affiliated Mandarin training center. Website:

Project GO ROTC Language and Culture Project

AROTC, AFROTC, NROTC students from any major and year of study are invited to apply. This program is sponsored by the Department of Defense and sends applicants to study critical languages.

United States-Indonesia Society Summer Language Program

Applicants must be college seniors, recent graduates (within 6 months), or graduate students. Recipients win a place in an intensive ten-week language and general studies program held in Central Java. Website:

Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship

Open to Juniors of all majors with a GPA of 3.2 or higher. Minorities and women are invited to apply. Individuals majoring in fields relative to international affairs receive up to $40,000 for their senior year of undergraduate studies and their first year of graduate studies.

Delta Phi Alpha

The national German honor society offers scholarships to graduating German majors and Sophomore and Junior German majors who plan on studying abroad. You must be a member of Delta Phi Alpha to be considered.

Adele Austin Rickett Memorial Scholarship

Open to all students who are majoring or minoring in Chinese.

Dr. Tsung Chin Scholarship for Chinese Language

Open to all students who are majoring or minoring in Chinese.

Huayu Enrichment Scholarships for summer study abroad in Taiwan

Open to all UMD students who study Chinese.

On Campus Global Opportunities

Smith Global Consulting Fellows

The Smith Global Consulting Fellows program is designed for students who have an interest in the world’s people and cultures and a desire to apply business and language skills to enhancing economic development worldwide and helping others succeed. The goals of the Global Consulting Fellows program are:

  • Developing global awareness and appreciation for the world’s business cultures, and cultural competencies for students seeking to work in the global/consulting arena, whether for U.S. firms or for companies and agencies abroad.
  • Providing instruction and practice in business consulting concepts and methods in international contexts.

Students in Global Consulting Fellows will study intercultural issues in global management and learn skills in group research and consulting through two courses: Cross-cultural Challenges in Business, and Practicum in Global Consulting.  Students will work in teams to conduct research and develop feasible business ideas which contribute to business, social and economic development, especially in emerging economies. 

Dr. Pat Cleveland is the Faculty Champion for this program.

Curriculum – 1-year program

  • BMGT 364 (Management and Organization Theory) - Pre-requisite; may be taken concurrently with BMGT463F
  • BMGT 463F (Cross-cultural Challenges in Business) - Fall
  • BMGT 468P (Fellows Program Practicum in Global Business) - Spring 
  • COMM 107 or equivalent highly recommended

Co-Curricular Activities & Events

  • Intercultural communication and negotiation workshop
  • Site visits to embassies, global firms located in Baltimore/D.C.

Fellows Program Eligibility

  • BMGT majors - Management or International Business majors preferred, but all BMGT majors encouraged to apply. (You may also apply if you are applying to Smith for 2014-2015.)
  • Preference for those with double-major or minor in foreign language or demonstrated fluency
  • Junior standing – advanced-standing sophomores with BMGT core completed will be considered
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA

Application Process

The application period for the 2014-2015 Fellows program has closed. 

Questions? Contact Emily Doane at

Sophomore Global Mindset Consulting Colloquium

The Sophomore Global Mindset Consulting Colloquium is aimed at students who want to develop a deeper understanding what constitutes a global mindset. Students will also learn how to best apply global mindset techniques and practices to address real-world business situations by participating in a real-time consulting project with EY. Aimed to ready students to address contemporary global business issues, this program is open to all majors.

Dean Victor Mullins and Kristin LaRiviere will be directing the program.

Curriculum-1 semester program

BMGT298F: Global Mindset Consulting Colloquium*

*Course will require substantial out of class commitment due to consulting project


  • Must be entering second year at Smith during Fall 2014 semester
  • All Business majors are encouraged to apply
  • Must have taken the Global Mindset Inventory
  • Must have completed 75% of Freshmen Fellows Events 

Application Process

Now accepting applications through February 21, 2014:

Questions? Contact Kristin LaRiviere at

Smith School Hosts 50 Students from Australia

The Office of Global Initiatives at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business hosted 50 Australian EMBA, MBA, and undergraduate students from RMIT University in Melbourne – one of Australia’s most highly-ranked business schools – from Jan. 4-18, 2014, in College Park. The students, most of whom had never been to the United States, traveled to Maryland to experience business education in an American setting and immerse themselves in U.S. business culture. 

Green Office Program

Green Office Program Participant

Global Initiatives is a member of UMD’s Green Office Program

The Office of Global Initiatives is committed to green principles and sustainability. We have joined the Office of Sustainability's Green Office Program in the hopes of showcasing and sharing the environmental and financial benefits of sustainable business practices with our peers at the Smith School and across the University of Maryland.  We're well on our way to reaching our next milestone - Bronze Certified Green Office. 

The Green Office Program engages staff, faculty and students in a dynamic initiative that promotes best environmental practices at the University of Maryland. The program supports and promotes offices/units that are taking steps toward reducing their environmental footprint. It seeks to motivate environmentally friendly behaviors by providing definitive guidelines and reducing confusion about best practices. The program operates through a network of representatives (GO Reps) in schools, centers and administrative units.

The goals of the program are to:

  • Engage the campus community in activities that will strengthen the University of Maryland’s position as a national leader in sustainability
  • Recognize and reward leadership in sustainability
  • Educate participants about how and why to take action
  • Support the University’s Climate Action Plan and Strategic Plan
  • Further integrate sustainability into campus culture
  • Conserve water, save energy, minimize waste and save money
  • Promote campus policies that support sustainability

OGI's Green Office Representative: Ryan Steinbach,
For more information on the Green Office Program
For more information about campus sustainability

Moises Naim Speaks at Smith School

CEOs, politicians, religious leaders and generals can do less with their power today than they could in the past.  This is the central thesis of Moises Naim’s new book, The End of Power: From Boardrooms to Battles and Churches to States, Why Being in Charge Isn’t What it Used to Be, and it was the focal point of his remarks at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business on October 8, 2013.

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.


Carmine Cerrone
Country and City: Salerno, Italy
Home Affiliation: University of Salerno, Post-doc
Smith Department: Decision, Operations, and Information Technologies

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.


Jixiang Chen
Country and City: Beijing, China
Home Affiliation: Renmin University, Graduate student in Mathematical Economics
Smith Department: Finance

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

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.


Robert Ciuchita
Country and City: Maastricht, Netherlands; Bucharest, Romania
Home Affiliation: Maastricht University in the Netherlands
Smith Department: Marketing

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.


Li Du
Country and City: Xi'an, Shaanxi, China
Home Affiliation: Xidian University
Smith Department: Marketing

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.


Gadi Fibich 
Country and City: Tel Aviv, Israel 
Home Affiliation: Tel Aviv University 
Smith Department: Marketing 

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 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

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.


Chunhua Lan
Country and City: Sydney, Australia
Home Affiliation: University of New South Wales, Department of Banking and Finance
Smith Department: Finance
Contact:; 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.


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:, 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.


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

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.


Jules Munier
Country and City: Lausanne, Switzerland
Home Affiliation: PhD candidate, University of Lausanne
Smith Department: Finance
Contact:, 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.


Jenny Nossack
Country and City: Siegen, Germany
Home Affiliation: University of Siegen, Post-doc
Smith Department: Decision, Operations, and Information Technologies

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. 


Manuel Chica Serrano
Country and City: Asturias, Spain
Home Affiliation: European Centre for Soft Computing
Smith Department: Marketing

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.


Ana Suarez Vazquez
Country and City: Oviedo, Spain
Home Affiliation: University of Oviedo
Smith Department: Marketing

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.


Wouter Vermeer
Country and City: Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Home Affiliation: RSM Erasmus University
Smith Department: Marketing

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


Dong-min Yang
Country and City: Gwangju, South Korea
Home Affiliation: Lecturer, Chonnam National University
Smith Department: Management and Organization

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.


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

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.



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