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1. What inspired you to become a professor and pursue your research in international business? There are several factors that led me to become a professor of International Business.Firstly, research on the various challenges that face corporations has always been appealing to me. I have always found it fulfilling and challenging to go beyond the common practice or knowledge. In today’s globalized world, many questions about the impact of economic reforms and global trends on the firm’s competitiveness remain unanswered. Being a professor allows me to examine and research causal relationships between a firm’s strategic choices and its impact on performance, whatever that maybe.As for international business, it really is a personal passion and has some roots in my personal background. Having lived in many countries and interacted with people around the world, who may not always share perspectives, has given me a sense of admiration for the many cultural, political, and economic backgrounds that widely differ from one country to the other. Adding numbers to this and assessing the impact of these differences on the firm’s performance makes it a relevant topic in a global world.
The UK and EU are at a crossroads today. The combination of economic and financial crisis, anxiety and public concerns regarding immigration and multiculturalism, dissatisfaction with the political systems in place, and the prospect of a Brexit have amplified uncertainty regarding the future of the EU. The referendum results reflect the growing tension and divide between the forces for integration and the forces for separation within EU. At stake is far more than the economy. The results pose a novel and serious challenge to the unity of the world’s most integrated regional bloc that was designed, primarily, to promote peace and harmony in Europe. Indeed, chances of a Balkanized E.U. and another exit within the EU increase with UK Referendum.
Leslie, a student in our Master of International Business program and Manager of VMO at Emerson, shares photos from South America. Our students complete an overseas immersion course and visited historical sites and met business leaders in Bogota and Cartagena, Colombia, and Lima, Peru.
Work/Life balance has gotten a lot of attention in the news recently. Many companies are eliminating limits on vacation and sick time, and have started to provide benefits to help this balance, like discounts on vacation travel and work from home benefits. I recently worked with SLU’s Patrick Maloney, and Ball State University professors Brandon Smit and Tamara Montag-Smit to prepare an article on how thoughts about family issues intrude during work, whether we want them to or not, and how these incidents of having to switch your thinking between roles becomes mentally depleting, not to mention distracting.
On Friday, May 13, the John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University hosted pre-commencement ceremonies for over 400 undergraduate, graduate, and doctorate students...
Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world, with the vast majority of its 27 million people living on less than a dollar a day. It is also a country with considerable strategic value because it is sandwiched between two large neighbors: China and India. Until recently, the country was mired in a civil war between the monarchy and the Maoist parties. Since overthrowing its previous king, the country has been trying to draft a new constitution for the last five years.
The SLU Center for Entrepreneurship held its annual "Pitch and Catch" business pitch competition on April 24th. Competitors got to pitch their business or idea to investors and entrepreneurs while on the mound at GCS Ballpark!
Oftentimes people ask me how my major in business can impact the community around me. Wouldn’t being a doctor, nurse, or a social worker truly help people in need as opposed to learning about how “money works”? Before joining Service Leadership I did not know how much of an impact being a business major would have on communities and people all around me. I used to think that service meant choosing a service site, volunteering a few times, doing my job, and calling it a day. But being in Service Leadership has taught me the importance of building relationships and truly being in solidarity with the people I am with, even outside of the two hours I commit to my service site every week.
As program director for military outreach, Michael Bamber connects with potential SLU students from diverse military backgrounds. They range from undergraduates considering enrolling in the ROTC program to veterans and their family members.“Quite a few of our military population at SLU are dependent sons or daughters of service members who have given their post-911 GI bill educational benefit to their children,” said Bamber, a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army.
We recently asked college students from across the nation to submit their product ideas for the chance to pitch to a panel of startup founders and investors. These finalists will compete this Sunday, pitching their ideas on the mound at GCS Ballpark!