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Smith CIBER Funds Two Faculty for Professional Development in Africa and Asia

Sep 19, 2013
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Stephanie Eckerd in South Africa
Stephanie Eckerd in South Africa

Stephanie Eckerd, Assistant Professor in the Department of Logistics, Business, and Public Policy and Paulo Prochno, Tyser Teaching Fellow and Associate Chair of the Department of Management and Organization, traveled to Sub-Saharan Africa and India, respectively, on Faculty Development in International Business (FDIB) grants this year. Dr. Eckerd visited Botswana, South Africa, and Zimbabwe and the experience has directly impacted her teaching. She has expanded the classroom time allotted to studying global supply chain management in BMGT 372 and also will now require students to focus one of their Current Event Reports for the semester on an international topic.

Dr. Prochno traveled to Bangalore, Delhi, and Mumbai which yielded case studies he will incorporate into his courses on global strategy and strategic management. In addition to the specific areas in which he expanded his knowledge, Dr. Prochno also said: “Though hard to describe, [international travel] provides a much richer understanding about the country and increases my ability to deliver something more insightful to our students.”

Smith’s Center for International Business Education and Research was pleased to be able to fund these international business learning experiences.

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