Past Events

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Export Management Bootcamp for Business Professionals
April 28-29, 2017

The Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business hosted its inaugural Export Management Bootcamp in Baltimore on April 28-29. The bootcamp – a first for the region – equipped participants with a solid foundation in global strategy, resources in export management, market analysis, and the resources they need to move goods and services into the global market, the right way. Participants came from a range of industries, including pharmaceutical, manufacturing, economic development, and startups. The program’s five sessions were led by Gary Cohen, associate dean of Executive Programs and clinical professor at the Smith School. To complement the five sessions, CIBER partnered with guest speakers from more than 10 export-related agencies and companies in the region. Guest speakers included representatives from the U.S. Commercial Service Baltimore, Maryland Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, Maryland District Export Council, John S. Connor, UPS, Port of Baltimore, Small Business Administration, and the Export-Import Bank.

Emerging Markets Forum
April 21, 2017

The Seventh Annual Emerging Markets Forum took place on April 21, 2017, at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C. The forum focused on Emerging Markets in the New Era of Globalization and included the following distinguished speakers: Edward Alden, Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and John Murphy, Senior Vice President for International Policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

How Women Around the World Succeed and Lead
April 18, 2017

The Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER), and Office of Career Services (OCS), and the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship hosted a session with Rania Habiby Anderson, executive business coach, international expert in the career and business advancement of women, and author of the award-winning book Undeterred: The Six Success Habits of Women in Emerging Markets. Learn more about the event.

Emerging Markets Case Competition
February 25, 2017

The 3rd Annual Emerging Markets Case Competition at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business took place on February 25, 2017. Nine teams from eight top U.S. MBA programs gathered at Van Munching Hall for an intense 24-hour preparation and presentation of their findings. The sponsor company for the competition was Infosys Limited. The objective was to provide recommendations to an Infosys client, an ATM financial security firm that would improve profitability and revenue growth for a company operating on a global scale and an industry moving towards a possible “cashless society.” The team from Howard University earned the competition’s $2,500 first place award.

CIBER Hosts Dynamic Discussion on AT Kearney’s Top Five Global Business Trends
February 21, 2017

The Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business hosted a discussion between Associate Dean and Professor, Mike Faulkender, and AT Kearney’s Partner and Managing Director, Erik Peterson on Feb. 21, 2017. Peterson had just completed a book highlighting top global business trends that will influence the lives of people in all geographic areas and of all demographics. Administration, faculty, graduate and undergraduate students were all invited to attend. View more information online.

Students’ Global Learning on Display at 2nd Annual Global Showcase
February 16, 2017

Posters filled the halls of the Smith School atrium on February 16, 2017, as more than 140 undergraduate students gathered to showcase their global learning at the 2nd Annual Global Showcase. Student participants recently returned from five faculty-led, short-term study abroad programs that traveled over winter break to the following locations: Australia and New Zealand; Dubai and Hong Kong; Japan; South Africa; and London, Belgium, and the Netherlands.


Global Competencies for the 21st-Century Workplace Panel

November 15, 2016
6:30-8:15 p.m. | Room 2333 | Van Munching Hall

CIBER celebrated International Education Week by hosting a panel on Global Competencies for the 21st Century Workplace. The event included a panel discussion and a reception.

Rebecca L. Bellinger, Managing Director of the Office of Global Initiatives & CIBER, moderated a panel of leaders in international business to discuss what it means to be globally competent in business and what you can do now to be successful for the future. Panelists included the following:

Kirsten Brecht Baker, CEO, Global Professional Search
Rick Callaway, Global Supply Chain Australia Manager, Northrop Grumman
Marc Melkonian, Business Development Manager, Defense and Security, Bechtel Corporation
Lisa K. Hunt, Executive Vice President, International Services & Special Business Development, Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.
Daniella Taveau, Global Regulatory and Trade Strategist, King & Spalding

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Opportunities and Challenges for a Post-Olympics Brazil
November 1, 2016

Dr. Paulo Prochno moderated a panel on the major opportunities and challenges facing Brazil and what they could mean for U.S. business. Panelists included:

  • Andrea Murta, Deputy Director, Andrienne Arsht Latin American Center, Atlantic Council
  • Jeff Hornbeck, Managing Director, Patri Inc.
  • Ricardo Daskal, Head of Investment and Trade Promotion Bureau, Embassy of Brazil

Smith Hosts MD Secretary of Commerce
September 12, 2016

On September 12, 2016, the Smith School’s Office of Global Initiatives and Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) welcomed Secretary Mike Gill of the Maryland Department of Commerce and introduced Smith global programming to all populations of the Smith School. Secretary Gill addressed the school on “Maryland Open for Business” and how the state both encourages export and attracts international investment to expand the Maryland economy. In Secretary Gill’s presence, we also celebrated the new partnership between CIBER and the Maryland Department of Commerce, Office of International Investment and Trade, and recognized the success of the state of Maryland under his leadership.

The event began at 5 p.m. with an open house to introduce all global opportunities at the Smith School, including prospects for undergraduates, graduates, and faculty.

MBA Emerging Markets Case Competition
April 1, 2016

The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business hosted the Second Annual Emerging Markets Case Competition, April 1-2, 2016. Through two rounds of presentations and Q&A, the team from the Smith School emerged victorious capturing the event’s $2,500 first prize. More information.

1st Annual Global Showcase
March 3, 2016

The Office of Global Initiatives hosted the 1st Annual Global Showcase on March 3,2016. Thirty students created poster board presentations based on their time abroad and competed for prizes in the following categories: Enterprise and Innovation; Doing Business in <Country>; Opportunities and Challenges for U.S. Businesses; Social Economics; and a Fan Favorite. Dr. Robie Samanta Roy, Vice President of Innovation and Technology at Lockheed Martin, presented a keynote address for attendees. Read more.

Young Professionals Institute
February 28, 2016

More than 300 Smith freshmen were encouraged to think globally and develop an international perspective while attending the Young Professionals Institute (YPI) as part of the Smith Start program on February 28. During the program, international career expert and author Stacie Berdan challenged students to develop a global mindset. Additionally, OGI Program Manager Chris Olson unveiled a newly-developed Passport to a Global Mindset, which aims at connecting students with global opportunities both on and off campus. Learn more.


International Education Week
November 16-20, 2015

The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business kicked off International Education Week, a joint initiative of the national Departments of State and Education, with a session on Global Competence in Business. The panel discussion featured the expertise of global executives as well as Mohamed Abdel-Kader, deputy assistant secretary of international and foreign language education at the U.S. Department of Education. Learn more.

InvestHKSmith CIBER Welcomes InvestHK
August 31, 2015

On August 31, 2015 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.

2015 Emerging Markets Forum

The 5th Annual Emerging Markets Forum took place in Washington, D.C., and focused on “Entrepreneurship in a Global Marketplace.”

2015 Emerging Markets Case Competition

The 2015 Emerging Markets Case Competition took place on Friday, April 10, 2015, at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C.

MBA Emerging Markets Case Competition
April 10, 2015

Teams from top U.S. MBA programs competed to provide the best set of recommendations to the Global Alliance for the Improvement of Nutrition (GAIN) in the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business inaugural Emerging Markets Forum Case Competition, held April 10, 2015, at Smith’s Washington, D.C., campus.


International Education Week
November 17-21, 2014

International Education Week at Smith included events such as an international business panel, a workshop on leading study abroad trips and a workshop on leveraging study abroad experiences. The week culminated with an International Coffee Hour, an event hosted by OGI and the International Student & Scholar Services Office at the university.

2014 Emerging Markets Forum

Two hundred and fifty-eight people attended the 2014 Emerging Markets Forum, which took place on April 25, 2014, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. The theme of the 4th annual event was “Negotiating History, Culture and Institutions in Emerging Markets.”


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

Dr. Paulo Prochno, Tyser Teaching Fellow and Associate Chair of the Department of Management and Organization, led an FDIB program to the three major business areas of India: Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai. The group started by visiting a typical Indian village, followed by a discussion on social/economic issues at a research foundation. The next days involved visits to large companies competing in India and talking to some of their top executives from the following companies: IBM, Mphasis (HP), Caterpillar, Siemens, Godreij, FedEx and GSK.

Dr. Stephanie Eckerd, Assistant Professor in the Department of Logistics, Business, and Public Policy, traveled to Sub-Saharan Africa. The group visited Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Moises Naim – “The Shifting Balance of Power in International Business and International Affairs”
October 8, 2013
Van Munching Hall

Two hundred people attended this interview and question and answer session with Moises Naim. Next, the atrium was set up for a book signing.

Startup Rising: The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East
November 12, 2013
Van Munching Hall

Seventy-five people attended this presentation by Christopher Schroeder, a Washington, D.C.-based entrepreneur and venture investor. In 2010, he wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post about start-ups in Dubai and the Middle East, and was subsequently invited by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s office on entrepreneurship to judge a start-up competition in Cairo one week before the Tahir Square uprising.


Support Women in Global Leadership - A program for women by women
May 31, 2012

WTCI's Annual Women Spanning the Globe was a global leadership event for mid- and senior-level business women. For the 6th year, 300+ women shared leadership insights in a leadership program by women for women.

AIB 2012: Richard N. Farmer Dissertation Award

The Academy of International Business (AIB) accepted 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 was open to all Ph.D. and D.B.A. students who 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 could participate in the CIBER Global Business Project (GBP) program as part of the Smith experience. Students worked on teams with other students from the twelve participating CIBER consortium schools from around the country.

Town Hall Event with Congressman Steny Hoyer
November 28, 2011, 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Stamp Student Union: Atrium

The Honorable Steny Hoyer, Democratic Whip of the U.S. House of Representatives, led a town hall discussion on the topic of the U.S. economy and debt reductions. Congressman Hoyer was 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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Second year full-time MBAs and 2nd or 3rd year part-time MBAs could participate in a CIBER International Consulting Program to either Uruguay or Tunisia. Click here for program description.

Taste of Business in GermanyTaste of Business in Germany
November 16, 2011, 5 – 7 p.m.

CIBER-sponsored Undergraduate Case Challenge
October 19-23, 2011
Storrs, CT

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

Ed FullerYou 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 hosted 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 discussed how to interact and build relationships with people from other cultures.

Marriott Corporation’s Ed Fuller speaks at Global Leadership Event in D.C.
October 6, 2011

On Thursday, October 6, 2011, the Center for Leadership, Innovation and Change hosted Leadership in a Global Economy at the Reagan Building in downtown Washington, D.C. Fuller, president of international lodging for Marriott, discussed 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

This event was a free reception hosted by the Smith School's CIBER. There was information available about past and future CIBER programs.

CIBER-sponsored Undergraduate Case Challenge
October 19-23, 2011
Storrs, CT

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

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

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

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

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 announced a Chinese business language class at the Robert H. Smith School of Business’ convenient downtown Washington, D.C. location in the Ronald Reagan Building.

Book Talk and Wine Tasting

Innovation and Technological Catch-Up: The Changing Geography of Wine Production
Featuring 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.

Eighth Annual JIBS Paper Development Workshop
Academy of International Business Annual Meetings, Nagoya, Japan
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 day-long event brought together nearly 150 leaders from business, government and academia and many MBA and undergraduate students.

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) were 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”
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.

Smith Students Attend International Boot Camp

CIBER Fellowships for International Internship Summer 2010

CIBER assisted first-year full-time MBA students in securing international internships through leveraging the network of contacts and providing a fellowship. Read the CIBER Fellows blog.

The International Conference on Global Commerce & Sustainability

The conference featured 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) was a unique graduate-level course offered to MBAs and other graduate students at thirteen member universities. Unlike other international consulting project courses, the GBP asked students to apply both cross-cultural awareness and foreign language skills to produce strategic advice for companies that is focused, compelling, and actionable.

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) co-hosted the fifth annual Global Business School Network Conference, held June 10-11, 2010, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C.

The conference provided 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 was themed “Innovation for Impact: Business Schools at the Crossroads of Development” and focused 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.

Call for Papers: JIBS

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

CIBER MBA International Business Case Competition

This competition brought 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 hosted this event on April 7-10, 2010. (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.

2010 CIBER Business Language Conference
March 24-26, 2010

Global Literacies: Integrated Approaches to Cross-Cultural Training
The theme of the 12th Annual CIBER Business Language Conference explored the practice and theory of language and cultural training through the lens of literacy. The upcoming conference continued 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

WTCI, our sponsors, founders, past and current winners, invited attendees to experience Maryland's Premier Awards Ceremony as they continued to celebrate their 20th Anniversary year. The event encouraged attendees to make valuable global connections with over 350+ business leaders representing the area's top companies and organizations.

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

International Etiquette Night
February 23, 2010

Think you know the proper way to hold a chopstick or how to drink with Korean executives? Attendees were invited to come to this informative, interactive, and most of all, fun event where AMBAA officers asked for volunteers from the audience to participate in our first ever game show. The officers tested the wits and creativity of attendees, and at the end of the night, the winners walked away with prizes! Delicious Vietnamese sandwiches were served.

International Economic Forum Night
February 24, 2010

Emerging Markets: Past, Present & Future

Professor Reinhart and Professor Bakshi shared 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. 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.

International Night and Food Festival
February 25, 2010

International Week ended with a bang with our annual International Night and Food Festival. Smith Students walked the catwalk and showcased their talents. Attendees could sing to the tune of their guitar and dance to their singing. There were also Professional Chinese Lion Dance and (Muay Thai) Thai Kickboxing performers live on stage.

Special issue of Journal of International Business Studies

Global Economic Crises And International Business [More]

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 encouraged 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? Keynote speaker Vivek Kundra (the Federal CIO), technology leaders from government, the healthcare industry and other sectors of the economy discussed 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 Challenge - Congratulations to Alison DePaolis, Mallory Gzesh and Scott Shuffield!CIBER 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 joined 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 featured 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 were invited to attend and join in the discourse.

Thai American Business Program Conference
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 hosted this professional conference from March 2-3, 2009, focused 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, 2008
Tyser Auditorium, Room 1505
Van Munching Hall, University of Maryland
College Park, MD

Akram R. Elias, President of Capital Communications Group, Inc., served 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 gave 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 organized 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
October 23, 2008
Robert H. Smith School of Business
Room 1520, Van Munching Hall
College Park, MD

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In 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 focused 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
August 21, 2008
Robert 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 was 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 was part of a series of events being organized by USIBC and FICCI across the United States. The Washington D.C. event was held at the Smith School with the cooperation of CIBER.

Smith CIBER Conference: Global Security: Challenges and Opportunities
June 16-17, 2008
Washington, 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, 2008
College Park, Maryland


Smith CIBER Conference: Innovation and Globalization
November 8-9, 2007
College Park, MD

This was the second Smith CIBER symposium. The theme of the first symposium was "globalization and localization" and it was held on October 6, 2006. Senior executives and top scholars from the globalization/innovation domain explored and discussed innovation and globalization at the second symposium.

Global Security and Enterprise Resilience
April 12 & 13, 2007

The seminar on Global Security and Enterprise Resilience explored the security implications of globalization for business. The key purpose of the seminar was 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
October 6-7, 2006
College Park, MD