In keeping with our mission to develop globally aware students, the Greehey School of Business offers numerous opportunities to engage in global experiences for students and faculty.
This summer, Greehey MBA students embarked on a 10-day international field study trip to South Korea, led by Seongbae Lim, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Information Systems, and Prasad Padmanabhan, Ph.D., Professor of Finance. The trip included stops in Seoul, Jeju, and Jungsun.
A visit to the Jeju Creative Economy Innovation Center generated insight into Korean innovation. Students also had the opportunity to visit industry heavy weights Kia, LG Electronics and Samsung Group, as well as local powerhouses Korea Railroad Company and the Kangwon Land Casino. The trip included a rare opportunity to meet with the speaker of the National Assembly of South Korea and the mayor of the city of Jeju.
The field study wasn’t all business. Greehey MBA students enjoyed cultural excursions to the Gangwon Province and Jeju Island.
During spring break 2014, Marketing Professor Mathew Joseph, Ph.D., brought a group of students to New Zealand and Australia for a hands-on learning adventure. They spent time with numerous economic development agencies, universities and public companies, including Telstra, Qantas, Westfield, Fonterra and Framecad. A highlight of the trip was visiting the American Chamber of Commerce in Auckland, which hosted a reception also attending by the acting U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand.
In spring 2014, eight Entrepreneurial Scholars (E-scholars) from St. Mary’s University accompanied International Business Professor Jeffrey Johnson, Ph.D., on a learning trip to Zurich, Switzerland. The students conducted research on international entrepreneurial opportunities in Zurich, where they gathered primary research data for their international business plans.
Jeffrey Johnson, Ph.D., and 12 Entrepreneurial Scholars (E-Scholars) traveled to Prague, Czech Republic and Krakow, Poland, where they examined international entrepreneurial opportunities, gathering primary research data for their international business plans. They met with the American Chamber of Commerce in Prague, CzechInvest, and the Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic, concluding their visit with a tour of the Auschwitz concentration camps.
Mathew Joseph, Ph.D., and 15 students traveled to Malaysia and Singapore where they visited companies such as Guinness Anchor Berhad, Dell, Citibank, Pfizer, ConocoPhilips, EMKAY Group, Cyber View and Rhythm & Hues. They visited Darby Plantation (the largest palm oil producer in the world), the Petronas Towers in Malaysia, and the Chinatown Heritage Center and Little India in Singapore. Company executives offered an overview of the local cultural and business environment and its relevance.
Jeffrey Johnson, Ph.D., Professor and Director of the Center for Global Business Studies, accompanied nine students to Bordeaux and Paris, France, and Brussels, Belgium, in summer 2012. These students studied European business for three weeks as part of the Bordeaux Summer Study Abroad Program. The trip to Bordeaux included a visit to the Chapel of the Madeleine, where Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, founder of the Society of Mary, lived.