Executive MBA Students Return from International Residency
For release: June 5, 2013
The Fogelman College of Business and Economics’ Executive MBA students returned this
week from their international residency held in Eastern and Western Europe and the
Middle East. The EMBA Program traveled to Warsaw, Poland; Berlin, Germany; and Istanbul,
Turkey from May 16th – May 28th.
Each year, the EMBA Program takes its students on an international trip to directly
experience how business is conducted in other parts of the world. Through company
visits and meetings scheduled with company executives, they are able to learn about
issues relevant to business in that part of the world and, additionally, are able
to immerse themselves in the local culture through various tours and explore how those
cultural differences may play a part of how business is conducted.
Companies visited this year included Coca-Cola and Jones Lang Lasalle in Warsaw; Bombardier
Transportation and Berliner Sparkasse in Berlin; and Ford Otosan, HK Strategies, Yapi
Kredi Bank, Cushman & Wakefield, and GE Istanbul in Istanbul. In each visit, C-Level
executives met with and discussed issues surrounding their respective company and
the global business environment, as well as, local business strategies. Additionally,
the students completed a consumer field study while in Berlin. The purpose of this
study was to engage in local surroundings and to get a glimpse of life as it unfolds
for those who live there. Locations visited during this study included the Ziraat
Bank International AG; Ford Automobilforum; The Garage (a 1000 square meters of second-hand
items and a large range of various goods); and, Arminiushalle (which is an extensive
food market hall featuring local and international delicacies, pastries, a butcher,
various restaurants in which to dine, etc.). Whether it was learning about the procedures
for purchasing an automobile or a trip to the local bank, students were able to engage
in how those processes work and experience a ‘day-in-the-life’ of local culture.
The international residency is taken at the end of the first year in the EMBA Program.
Locations tend to change each year, based on interest and the global business environment.
Locations chosen since 1981 have included various cities in Mexico; numerous countries
in Europe; Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing, China; as well as, Brazil, Argentina and
Chile in South America.
Executive MBA Class of 2013 visiting Bombardier Transportation in Berlin, Germany.