FALL 2011 

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By Karen Watts, Associate Director 

Welcome to the inaugural edition of the CIBER newsletter! Through this medium, we hope to keep "old friends" up to date and inform others who are not yet familiar with our activities. It has been a very busy year for us, as we pursue our mission of preparing students for global leadership, providing thought leadership in international business, and reaching out to area executives and residents. We'd like to highlight some of our accomplishments this year and inform you of upcoming programs and events that may be of interest.
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In This Issue
Emerging Markets Forum
MBA Opportunities
Undergraduate Programs
Local Outreach
Distinguished Speakers
Faculty Programs
Upcoming Events

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Emerging Markets Forum CIBER R. Blank EMF
CIBER's marquee event this year was the forum we hosted on April 29, titled:
 The Rise of New Economic Powers and America's Future.The daylong event at the Ronald Reagan Building in downtown Washington, DC brought together leading policy makers, academics, and business leaders to consider various dimensions of what the emergence of new economic powers means for America's future. Undersecretary for Economic Affairs in the U.S. Department of Commerce, Rebecca Blank, delivered a keynote address which provided a commanding summary of facts and figures relating to emerging markets, their interactions with the U.S. economy, and their effects on U.S. employment and wages. Read More


International Experiential Learning Opportunities for
MBA Students
CIBER - Sri Lanka Students

Much of CIBER's efforts last year involved organizing and facilitating a number of new experiential learning opportunities for MBA students. Smith students had the opportunity to travel to various countries to apply all the business skills and concepts they learn in the classroom to meaningful, real world consulting projects in China, Japan, Thailand Sri Lanka, and Uruguay.

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about the Global Business Projects in Thailand, China, and Brazil.

Read More about the CIBER consulting project to Uruguay.

Read More about the CIBER, USAID and CSVC projects in Sri Lanka.

As part of the CIBER Internship Program, we sponsored 7 MBA students to travel to China, Germany, Indonesia, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand. The projects ranged widely, including a small family owned businesses in Taiwan, a non-profit organization in Indonesia, a large petroleum company in Thailand, and the German campus of the United Nations. International CIBER Fellows blogged about their experiences and posted pictures to document their travels on the CIBER Fellows Blog, at: blogs.rhsmith.umd.edu/ciberfellows.   


CIBER-sponsored Undergraduate Programs

CIBER Case Challenge 2010CIBER's main involvement with undergraduate students involves supporting the Smith School's Office of Global Programs in organizing short term study trips to many countries around the world. However, we also sponsor business school undergraduates to travel to and participate in experiential learning opportunities sponsored by other CIBERs. Last year, Smith Business Students participated in The Ohio State University international Case Challenge, in which four-member teams comprising students from across the U.S. and other countries competed. The Case Challenge was an excellent opportunity for students to gain exposure to international business issues and participate in an international case competition, offering them the chance to meet and socialize with business students from around the world. Smith School's Jennifer He was on the winning team in the OSU CIBER Case Challenge and was awarded best presenter!


Outreach to Local High School Students CIBER HS Program

As part of our outreach mission, we organized a two-week workshop at the end of June and early July titled "So You Want to be an Entrepreneur?" for area high school students. In this pilot program, rising seniors reviewed the basics of business and entrepreneurship and reinforced what they learned in lectures with site visits in the Washington, DC area. Read More

 Distinguished Speakers

CIBER MechaiCIBER brings distinguished speakers to the Business School as the opportunity arises. Last year, these included: Mechai Viravaidya (fondly known as "The Condom King" for his efforts in distributing condoms in Thailand). Mechai Viravaidya has also pioneered and championed many of Thailand's social mobilization and community development efforts that have been tremendously successful in eradicating poverty in the country. Read More

We also hosted Gurcharan Das, multinational corporate executive turned international bestselling author. Das, who was former
CEO of Procter & Gamble India spoke at Smith about his book The Difficulty of Being Good: On the Subtle Art of Dharma (2009). Read More 


Faculty Programs

CIBER is pleased to recognize Smith School faculty from the Department of Management and Organization who received summer research awards from CIBER, as follows:


  • Gilad Chen - Newcomers Abroad: Expatriate Adaptation at Early Phases of International Assignments
  • Hui Liao - Comparing Empowering to Directive Leadership in High and Low Power Distance Cultures
  • Rafael Corredoira - Does FDI Transfer Learning Capabilities to Developing Industries? A Study of the Effect of FDI on Winery Recombination of Diverse Knowledge Resources  

Congratulations! We look forward to reading your articles in prominent international business journals! 

Upcoming Events

We invite all who may be interested in learning more about CIBER programs to attend a  

CIBER Welcome Reception we will be hosting on Wednesday, September 28 from 5:30-7:00 pm in VMH 2333 - the Executive Meeting Rooms. Come and meet students, faculty, staff and others who have been a part of CIBER programs and activities. We look forward to seeing you then!


More to come...

About Us

The Smith CIBER staff comprises a small team. Dr. Kislaya Prasad, CIBER Director and research professor in the DO&IT department; Karen Watts, Associate Director; and our most recent addition, Christopher Olson, Program Coordinator. We are currently located on the 4th floor of Van Munching Hall, in suite 4570. Soon we'll be moving to our new office space near the Dean's suite on the 2nd floor of VMH.
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