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Support Women in Global Leadership - A program for women by women

May 31, 2012
WTCI's Annual Women Spanning the Globe is THE MUST ATTEND GLOBAL LEADERSHIP EVENT for mid and senior level business women. Now in its 6th year, 300+ women will share leadership insights, in a leadership program by women for women.

AIB 2012: Richard N. Farmer Dissertation Award

The Academy of International Business (AIB) is now accepting submissions for the Richard N. Farmer Award, sponsored by the Indiana University CIBER. The Richard N. Farmer Award for the best thesis or dissertation in International Business is open to all Ph.D. and D.B.A. students who will have successfully defended their theses/dissertations between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2011. Read more 


CIBER Global Business Project

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First-year MBA students can participate in the CIBER Global Business Project (GBP) program as part of the Smith Experience. Students work on teams with other students from the twelve participating CIBER consortium schools from around the country.

Town Hall Event with Congressman Steny Hoyer

When: Monday, November 28, 2011 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Where: Stamp Student Union: Atrium

The Honorable Steny Hoyer, Democratic Whip of the U.S. House of Representatives, will lead a town hall discussion on the topic of the U.S. economy and debt reductions. Congressman Hoyer is being awarded the Millard E. Tydings Award for Courage and Leadership in American Politics. For more information, visit:

CIBER International MBA Consulting Programs

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For 2nd year full-time MBAs and 2nd or 3rd year part-time MBAs. Participate in a CIBER International Consulting Program to either Uruguay or Tunisia! Click here for program description.

Taste of Business in Germany

November 16, 2011, 5 - 7 p.m.

Taste of Business in Germany

CIBER-sponsored Undergraduate Case Challenge

October 19-23, 2011
Storrs, CT

The University of Connecticut Center for International Business Education and Research will be hosting the annual CIBER Case Challenge, in which four-member teams from across the U.S. and other countries compete.

You Can't Lead with Your Feet on the Desk Book CoverYou Can't Lead with Your Feet on the Desk: A Conversation with Edwin Fuller

October 12, 2011, 5 - 7 p.m.
VMH Frank Auditorium

CIBER will be hosting an event with Ed Fuller, President of International Lodging at Marriott International on October 12, 5 -7 p.m. in the Howard Frank Auditorium. Author of "You Can't Lead with Your Feet on the Desk", Mr. Fuller will be discussing how to interact and build relationships with people from other cultures.

Marriott Corporation’s Ed Fuller speaks at Global Leadership Event in D.C. on October 6

On Thursday, October 6, 2011, the Center for Leadership, Innovation and Change will host Leadership in a Global Economy at the Reagan Building in downtown Washington, D.C. Fuller, president of international lodging for Marriott, will discuss how to lead by example, earn trust, and build the lasting cross-cultural connections crucial to every business leader. Fuller is the author of "You Can't Lead with Your Feet on the Desk", which features real-world advice on how to connect with, manage, and do business with people of any culture.

CIBER Reception

September 28, 2011 5:30 - 7 p.m.
VMH 2333 - Executive Meeting Rooms
Join us for a FREE reception hosted by the Smith School's CIBER. There will be information about past and future CIBER programs. Come and meet students, faculty, staff and others who have been a part of CIBER programs and activities.

CIBER-sponsored Undergraduate Case Challenge

Storrs, CT: October 19-23, 2011

The University of Connecticut Center for International Business Education and Research will be hosting the annual CIBER Case Challenge, in which four-member teams from across the U.S. and other countries compete.

This is an excellent opportunity for undergraduate students to gain exposure to international business issues and participate in an international case competition. The competition also offers opportunities to meet and socialize with business students from around the globe and visit 1-2 local companies.

Smith CIBER will again sponsor a team of four students to participate in the competition. Each of the four members of the team must be degree-seeking undergraduate junior or seniors registered within the Smith School of Business, and each student will need to represent a different specific functional area in one of the following four categories: Finance (including Accounting), Marketing, Management, and Operations. Students are only permitted to participate as a team member in the CIBER Case Challenge one time.

The Smith CIBER will cover the selected team members’ travel expenses for participating in the Case Challenge in Storrs, CT. Board and lodging during the competition will be covered by the host CIBER.

Smith CIBER Supports MBA and MPP Students in Consulting Projects in Sri Lanka

Smith CIBER Sponsors Thirteen MBA Students for the Global Business Project

Smith CIBER Sends MBA Students to Uruguay

Smith CIBER, Confucius Institute, and International Trade Center Offer Mandarin Chinese Business Language Classes

The University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) and the Confucius Institute at the University of Maryland (CIM), and the International Trade Center are pleased to announce a Chinese business language class at the Robert H. Smith School of Business’ convenient downtown Washington, D.C. location in the Ronald Reagan Building.


Innovation and Technological Catch-Up: The Changing Geography of Wine Production
with Dr. Roberta Rabellotti (editor) and Dr. Rafael Corredoira (contributing author)
Horizon Ballroom, Ronald Reagan Building, Washington, DC.
August 24, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Free and Open to the Public

Since the beginning of the 1990s, the supremacy of ‘Old World’ countries (France and Italy) in the international wine market has been challenged by new players, such as Australia, Argentina, Chile and South Africa, which are recording stunning performances in terms both of export volume and value. This book demonstrates that such a spectacular example of catch-up goes beyond simply copying new technologies; it entails creative adaptation and innovation, and introduces a new growth trajectory in which consistent investments in research and science play a key role.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Eighth Annual JIBS Paper Development Workshop

Academy of International Business Annual Meetings, Nagoya, Japan
Saturday, June 25, 2011

Emerging Markets Forum: The Rise of New Economic Powers and America’s Future

The Emerging Markets Forum was hosted by the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business on April 29 at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C. The daylong event brought together nearly 150 leaders from business, government and academia and many MBA and undergraduate students. EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

Consulting Projects in Sri Lanka

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The University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) and Center for Social Value Creation (CSV), in collaboration with the Business Growth Initiative (BGI) of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) are pleased to announce: Volunteer Consulting Projects in Sri Lanka for UMD Graduate Students in a variety of fields (including business, public policy, engineering, agriculture, etc.) during the summer of 2011.


Distinguished Speaker: John Schulte
“X-Treme Management” 
Tuesday, October 5, 6 – 8 p.m.

Distinguished Speaker: Gurcharan Das
Author of The Difficulty of Being Good: On the Subtle Art of Dharma 
September 20, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

CIBER Symposium on International Programs at Smith: Featuring Mechai Viravaidya
September 13, 2010, 6-8 p.m. 
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Smith Students Attend International Boot Camp. Watch presentation

CIBER Fellowships for International Internship Summer 2010

CIBER is assisting first-year full-time MBA students in securing an international internship through leveraging the network of contacts and providing a fellowship. For more information, please click on the link to the information session presentation (held Wednesday 28 April) and the accompanying spreadsheet. Read the CIBER Fellows blog

Call for Papers: The International Conference on Global Commerce & Sustainability

The conference invites papers, posters, abstracts, case studies and proposals for presentations and panel discussions from scholars and practitioners from academia, business, government, and nonprofit organizations worldwide.

Global Business Projects for MBA Students

The Global Business Project (GBP) is a unique graduate-level course offered to MBAs and other graduate students at thirteen member universities. Unlike other international consulting project courses, the GBP asks students to apply both cross-cultural awareness and foreign language skills to produce strategic advice for companies that is focused, compelling, and actionable.
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Global Business School Network Conference, June 10-11, 2010

The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business and the Global Business School Network (GBSN) will co-host the fifth annual Global Business School Network Conference, to be held June 10-11, 2010, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C.

The conference provides an opportunity for business school leaders from around the world to connect with stakeholders from government, nonprofit and private-sector organizations to exchange ideas, share global expertise and develop partnerships. This year’s conference is themed “Innovation for Impact: Business Schools at the Crossroads of Development” and will focus on the innovative and entrepreneurial ways business schools are collaborating with academic institutions, nongovernmental organizations, and the public and private sector to improve management and business education in emerging markets.

Who Should Attend? This is the event for networking with colleagues from around the world who share a role in educating and developing business leaders—including:

  • Business Schools
  • Foundations
  • Civil Society
  • Government
  • Development Organizations
  • Corporations

Call for Papers: JIBS

JIBS is accepting submissions to the special issue on Multilevel Empirical Research in International Business.

CIBER MBA International Business Case Competition

This competition will bring together teams of MBA students from 11 domestic and international institutions for a challenging international business strategy case. The University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for International Business Education and Research will host this event on April 7-10, 2010. If you are interested in participating please check the competition website and contact Ms. Karen Watts. (Note: The Smith School team placed 2nd in the last competition).

USAID / Smith School Global Challenge

65 teams, representing more than 30 unique institutions, registered for the inaugural USAID | Smith School Global Challenge. Read article about the winners | Press release

2010 CIBER Business Language Conference (Philadelphia, March 24-26, 2010)

Global Literacies: Integrated Approaches to Cross-Cultural Training
The theme of the 12th Annual CIBER Business Language Conference explores the practice and theory of language and cultural training through the lens of literacy. The upcoming conference continues the tradition of bringing together teachers, scholars, policy makers, and business leaders to discuss business language education and to share ideas about the ways language education for future business leaders can benefit from principled frameworks and understandings of literacy, cross-cultural awareness and second language acquisition.

WTCI's International Business Leadership Awards is Next Thursday, March 11

WTCI, our sponsors, founders, past and current winners, all invite you to experience Maryland's Premier Awards Ceremony as we continue to celebrate our 20th Anniversary year. Make valuable global connections with over 350+ business leaders representing the area's top companies and organizations!

International Week is brought to you by the Asian MBA Association and International MBA Association, with co-sponsorship from CIBER.

Tuesday 23 Feb: International Etiquette Night @5 pm, Room 1520
Think you know the proper way to hold a chopstick or how to drink with Korean executives? Come to this informative, interactive, and most of all, fun event where AMBAA officers will ask for volunteers from the audience to participate in our first ever game show. We will test your wits, test your creativity, and at the end of the night, the winners will walk away with prizes! Delicious Vietnamese sandwiches will be served.

Wednesday 24 Feb: International Economic Forum Night @5.30, Room 1411
Emerging Markets: Past, Present & Future

Don't miss this opportunity to hear Professor Reinhart and Professor Bakshi share their thoughts on the emerging market economy.

Professor Carmen M. Reinhart is Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for International Economics at the University of Maryland. Her latest book (with Kenneth S. Rogoff) entitled This Time is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly (Princeton Press) documents the striking similarities of the recurring booms and busts that have characterized financial history and has been a Times best seller since October 2009. She held positions as Chief Economist and Vice President at Bear Stearns in the 1980s and at the International Monetary Fund. She is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. [Website]

Professor Gurdip Bakshi, Dean’s Professor of Finance, is a Fellow of the FDIC Center for Financial Research and was awarded a competitive grant to study recovery under default. He is a recent recipient of an award by the BSI GAMMA Foundation for his work on investor irrationality and the Nasdaq bubble. Professor Bakshi serves on the editorial boards of Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Review of Derivatives Research, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Financial Econometrics, and Review of Financial Economics, and is a frequent reviewer for several finance and economics journals, and granting agencies. [Website]

Feb 25th: International Night and Food Festival @ 6.30 p.m., 1500 Atrium
International Week will end with a bang with our annual International Night and Food Festival. Watch Smith Students walk the catwalk and showcase their talents. You can sing to the tune of their guitar and dance to their singing. There are also Professional Chinese Lion Dance and (Muay Thai) Thai Kickboxing performers live on stage.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Special issue of Journal of International Business Studies


JIBS40/AIB50 Special Anniversary Issue:

Innovations in International Business Theory [ Press Release ]

The 10th Annual International Business Research Forum

April 10-11, 2010, Temple University CIBER 
The Research Forum encourages the submission of cutting edge research aimed at defining the future of the multinational enterprise.

Faculty Study Abroad

The CIBER network offers a variety of faculty development opportunities through Faculty Development in International Business (FDIB) programs. The purpose of these programs is to help faculty develop an understanding of a country or world region about which they may not know much and to help them add an international dimension to their teaching and research interests.


CIO Forum: Web 2.0 & Beyond: Where Will the Internet Take Us Next?

Friday, November 6, 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
Washington, D.C. 
How do technology and strategy executives navigate this new landscape? What does Web 2.0 mean for consumers and society? Join keynote speaker Vivek Kundra - the Federal CIO, technology leaders from government, the healthcare industry and other sectors of the economy to discuss Web 2.0, its evolution, global impact and future.

CIBER Research Awards - In the 2009 round, CIBER funded three research projects. Congratulations to the authors!

  • Will there be a Phoenix Miracle? Firm-level evidence from financial crises (Vojislav Maksimovic, Finance)
  • Global Brand Portfolios (Yogesh Joshi, Marketing)
  • Agency Contract Intelligence for Global Supply Chain Eco-Sustainability (Wedad Elmaghraby, DO&IT)

OSU Case ChallengeCIBER Case Challenge at Ohio State University 
Congratulations to Alison DePaolis, 
Mallory Gzesh and Scott Shuffield 
The CIBER Case Challenge is an annual International Undergraduate Case Competition hosted at The Ohio State University in Columbus. Teams of four travel from undergraduate institutions from around the world to tackle a difficult case on the OSU campus. This year Chris Coraggio, Alison DePaolis, Mallory Gzesh and Scott Shuffield represented the Smith School in Columbus. Alison, Mallory and Scott’s teams won 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, respectively!

Leadership for a Better World: Creating Social Value through Education and Innovation

September 25, 2009
Ronald Reagan Building, Washington, D.C.

The Center for Social Value Creation will join the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) in hosting a summit, “Leadership for a Better World: Creating Social Value through Education and Innovation,” at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C. The day-long summit will feature a series of high profile thought leaders on the role of business in society and fostering social change through models of innovation. Academics, business leaders, nonprofit executives and policy makers are invited to attend and join in the discourse.

Thai American Business Program Conference (Highlights)

March 2-3, 2009
Marriott Inn and Conference Center, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 
The Robert H. Smith School of Business Center for International Business Education and Research and the Thai American Business Study Program will host this professional conference from March 2-3, 2009, focusing on supply chain management, entrepreneurship and marketing in the context of the evolving political and economic environment in Southeast Asia.

Internationalizing Doctoral Education Conference

The conference, intended for Ph.D. students early in their program, is held annually at one of the 31 CIBERs. The conference is designed to increase the globalization of doctoral programs in the United States and influence doctoral students early in their studies to approach their studies and research with an international perspective.


Cultural Intelligence in a Global Economy

November 21, 2008Tyser Auditorium, Room 1505, Van Munching Hall, University of Maryland, College Park, MDAkram R. Elias, President of Capital Communications Group, Inc., serves as a consultant to the U.S. Department of State, as well as to numerous private organizations such as Meridian International Center, Freedom House, the Institute of International Education and World Learning Inc. Mr. Elias gives in-depth briefings on American government, politics, culture and society to international delegates from around the world visiting the United States on special exchange programs. He also organizes training workshops and seminars to assist foreign dignitaries and executives in communicating more effectively with their American counterparts. Mr. Elias has worked with people from all over the world - from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. He's also an alumnus of the University of Maryland.

Innovation Strategies of Globally Competitive Indian Companies

Download documentOctober 23, 2008Robert H. Smith School of Business, Room 1520, Van Munching Hall, College Park, MDIn their quest for global competitiveness, Indian companies have been adopting innovation strategies that are quite different from those followed by Indian companies in the past. These include product innovations to drive market growth based on superior value propositions targeted at the bottom of the pyramid; acquisition of foreign companies for access to advanced technology, new proprietary standards, and intellectual property; and adoption of best practices in product development and innovation. This talk will focus on these strategies using examples such as Tata Motors, Bharti Airtel, Biocon, Ranbaxy, and Moser Baer. Rishikesha T. Krishnan is a Professor of Corporate Strategy & Policy at IIM Bangalore. His research interests are in strategy, innovation, and competitiveness. He has done studies at the firm, industry, and national levels related to innovation. Prof. Krishnan has degrees from IIT Kanpur, Stanford University, and IIM Ahmedabad. He is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Advanced Study of India, University of Pennsylvania. Click here to see Dr. Krishnan's presentation.

Investing in America -- The Indian Story

Thursday, August 21, 2008Robert H. Smith School of Business, 1128 Van Munching Hall, College Park, MD

Organized by: U.S. India Business Council (USIBC) Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) Smith School CIBER

The event is designed to showcase the positive contributions being made by Indian companies to the United States – through technology, innovation, employment generation, and other means. The USIBC-FICCI initiative highlights the top Indian companies operating in America including The Tata Group, Ranbaxy Laboratories, HCL Technologies, Mahindra USA, Satyam Computer Systems, Essar Group, Wockhardt USA, Thermax, ITC Group, Wipro, Essel Propack, and Jet Airways among others. This is part of a series of events being organized by USIBC and FICCI across the United States. The Washington D.C. event is being held at the Smith School with the cooperation of CIBER.

Smith CIBER Conference: Global Security: Challenges and Opportunities

June 16-17, 2008Washington, D.C.

A conference for corporate and government executives, scholars, venture capitalists, and thought leaders addressing some of the most important challenges facing business and government today at home and abroad.

  • Global security, enterprise resilience and international competitiveness
  • Organizational responses to security challenges arising from catastrophic and disruptive events - natural, accidental, or deliberate
  • Organizational defenses against data security and cybersecurity threats
  • Opportunities arising from the 2008 Congressional appropriations for homeland security
  • Breaking through the barriers of government procurement and VC funding
  • Global security and technological innovation
Smith CIBER Conference: Doing Business and Managing Enterprises in China

Five Saturdays: February 9 - February 23 - March 8 - March 29 - April 12, 2008College Park, Maryland


Smith CIBER Conference: Innovation and Globalization

November 8-9, 2007
College Park, MD

This is the second Smith CIBER symposium. The theme of the first symposium was "globalization and localization" and it was held on October 6, 2006.

Theme for the Second Symposium: Incessant globalization, technology, and the recognition that intellect and talent are widely distributed around the world and are forcing organizations to rethink their innovation models. They are disaggregating their R&D activities and distributing innovation processes to offshore sites, strategic partners and global networks. Open innovation allows them to leverage multiple sources of creative ideas and perform the different stages of the R&D process wherever they can be best performed. Companies, however, face business and management challenges in their search for innovation, including loss of control over R&D, moral hazard on the part of external partners, and theft of intellectual property. Senior executives and top scholars from the globalization/innovation domain will explore and discuss these and related issues at the Globalization and Innovation Symposium.

Global Security and Enterprise Resilience

April 12 & 13, 2007

The seminar on Global Security and Enterprise Resilience will explore the security implications of globalization for business and their impact HTTP/1.1 100 Continue on enterprise resilience and competitiveness. The key purpose of the seminar is to help improve organizational capacity to respond to emergency, catastrophic, and disruptive challenges – whether natural, accidental, or deliberate. These challenges are particularly relevant to multinational corporations and government and non-profit organizations.

Global Technology and Management Consortium


Inside International Washington

December 6 - 8, 2006

Digital Economy Forum, 2006

Developing Your Vision: Where to go in the global economy and how to get there
6-7 October, 2006
College Park, MD

Smith CIBER Welcomes InvestHK
Smith CIBER Welcomes InvestHK

August 31, 2015: Smith CIBER Welcomes InvestHK

On August 31st, the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) at the University of Maryland's Robert H Smith School of business, hosted two business leaders and experts on Hong Kong for a lively lunch discussion with students, professors and local business leaders. Mr. Steve Barclay, a native of Hong Kong and Director of the Hong Kong Economics and Trade office in New York City, shared with participants the story of Hong Kong rise from a humble fishing port in the early 1900s to become one of the economic centers of the world today. Dr. Kelley Jones, who is the head of Investment Promotion for Invest Hong Kong, continued this discussion; yet, focused on the business-friendly environment of Hong Kong and why businesses around the world are relocating to it. Hosted by CIBER, the event was designed to bridge a connection between the Hong Kong business world and the Smith Community.