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The European Union is at a time of drastic change; there’s a refugee crisis that's divided the continent, economic and unemployment woes, and most notably Britain is starting the process of leaving the EU, beginning with the successful “Brexit” campaign in June 2016. To get the whole scope of a story, it is good to find differing viewpoints to engage in dialogue. I discussed these factors with Jens Gieseke, a German politician of the European People’s Party (Christian Democrats), and Petr Mach, an economist and leader of the Free Citizens Party in the Czech Republic, in order to get their point of view on the issues affecting the EU.
Even with a stellar game and Lady Gaga dropping into the halftime show, the commercials are always one of the focal points of the Super Bowl. What did our marketing professors think of this year’s campaigns?
From January 1st through the 12th, select undergraduate students will be studying abroad in Panama for an annual Global Immersion course. Two of these students will be sharing their experience on the @SLUCookBusiness twitter feed. Students will be touring local businesses and learning about the South American culture.
The John Cook School of Business was selected to send a group of its graduate and MBA students to Omaha, Nebraska to meet Warren Buffett, CEO and Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway and one of the most successful investors of the 20th century.
Students from John Cook School of Business Graduate program will travel to Omaha, Nebraska this weekend where they will meet Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. During the course of their visit our students from the One-Year MBA, Evening MBA, and Specialized Graduate Degree programs will be able to gain knowledge from Mr. Buffett with a question and answer session and tour of a Berkshire Hathaway property, Nebraska Furniture Mart.
Seung Hee Kim, Ph.D. is the department chairman as well as the Paul G. Lorenzini Endowed Professor of International Business. He is also the director of the Boeing Institute of International Business. At Saint Louis University for over 40 years, Dr. Kim is a visionary leader in international business whose work is recognized worldwide.
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.
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.
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.