Global Business Center

Trivia Night on Global Business Knowledge

July 2, 2014 By GBC

Isaac Dinner, Assistant Professor of Marketing- UNC Kenan Flagler Business School ———————————– Instead of the usual set of speeches and talks, the Global Business Center capped the school year with a fun evening designed to challenge the international business knowledge of students, staff and faculty. That is, they subjected us to a grueling evening of answering trivia questions about international business. It was a great way to end the term! I’m a big fan of the GBC. They do a wonderful job of preparing students for the global marketplace and are very active at pushing forward international business research. In particular, they have been very supportive of my own research on managing international crises. In addition, they hold a fantastic Read More

First Emerging Markets Conference at Kenan-Flagler Business School

March 19, 2014 By GBC

Pawas Chandra, MBA Exchange Spring 2014  ———————————– The first ever Emerging Markets Conference at Kenan-Flagler was an outstanding event. I was glad I could be a part of this pioneering event. Participants included students from different Business schools, Professors, and industry professionals who brought richness to the event. Different aspects of business such as investments, talent acquisition, pricing, supply chain, risk management and new product development were covered during the event. Professor Jayashankar Swaminathan started the event by laying an importance on the supply chain, cost efficacies, and business opportunities/challenges that exist while doing business in emerging markets and its impacts on the developed markets. Next was a keynote speech by Kenan-Flagler Alumnus Jeff Tucker, who is a Managing Director Read More

Emerging Markets Conference – Hershey’s Case Workshop

March 19, 2014 By GBC

Alexandra Cebula, Business Undergraduate, Class of 2014 —————————————— As a fellow of the Global Business Center, I, along with my team, had the privilege of helping make this conference a reality and I couldn’t have been happier with the outcome. However, sitting at meetings and talking about marketing and logistics is very different from sitting at the actual conference listening to speakers and engaging with other students on issues facing companies today in regards to emerging markets. As an undergraduate student, I was excited at the opportunity to not only network with the speakers, but to engage with the MBA students as well. I find it very helpful to be able to talk to people who have been in my Read More

Cross Cultural Business Savvy at the Speed of a Dynamic World

February 10, 2014 By GBC

Alisha Taylor, MBA@UNC, Class of 2014 ——————————— As an MBA@UNC online student, I was very fortunate to participate in the Cross-Cultural Savvy for Global Business certificate program Friday January 31 through Saturday February 1, 2014. The program focused on our collaborations with Chinese, Indian, and Brazilian cultures and learning about the cultural values, communication, and ways to enhance our connections with each other. I was very eager to attend the certificate program because in my field of engineering and construction, cross-cultural business savvy is no longer an option, but a necessity in today’s dynamic world. Statistics and experience show that diverse teams greatly outperform homogenous teams, and both domestic and multinational firms are seeking to realize these advantages. As global Read More

Reflection on Luncheon with Professor Jose – Sustainability in India

February 10, 2014 By GBC

Trang Phan, MBA Candidate, Class of 2015 ———————————— From the lunch discussion with Professor Jose, I was surprised to learn that some Indian companies are trying to engage in corporate social responsibilities (CSR) works. It was good to know that a developing nation and the second largest country in the world is trying to do something positive for its people and the environment.  With the impact of outsourcing and Western investments, a huge population and a very capable workforce, I see a lot of goods for Indian companies to commit to doing business in a socially and environmentally responsible manner and to be a role model for other developing nations. I learned from Professor Jose that there is a law Read More

An interactive case session and reception with Burt’s Bees

February 10, 2014 By GBC

Audery Boguchwal, MBA Candidate, Class of 2014 ———————————— I had the pleasure of attending October’s Global Business Center event at the Kenan Center. The event, called “All Careers are Global,” educated students about the global nuances of all careers and industries, even – and especially – the ones that do not at first appear to have a global aspect. Instead of the usual talk and Q&A session, this event featured a short introduction to a real-life business case and then the opportunity to reflect on  the case in small groups and then debrief on the actual outcomes. A networking session followed. The event’s speakers were Jim Geiki, formerly at Burt’s Bees, and Fritz Willis, a Global Director from Clorox/Burt’s Bees. Read More

Lunch Discussion with Dr. PD Jose

February 10, 2014 By GBC

Corey Barnes, MBA Candidate, Class of 2014 ————————————- The opportunity to speak with Dr. P.D. Jose, Professor of Corporate Strategy & Policy at the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore, opened my eyes to the impacts and the implementation of corporate sustainability, both in the developing world and beyond. Specifically, his perspective about the value of sustainability in developing markets, the drivers of sustainability within the Indian market, and the next wave of sustainability helped me to understand the history and the next steps. Corporate Responsibility in India As Dr. Jose noted, new laws in India are now requiring large corporations in India to spend 2% of their profits on corporate responsibility. While I had read articles on the possible Read More

All Careers are Global: Prepare Yourself

February 10, 2014 By GBC

Taylor Mallard, MBA Candidate, Class of 2015 ———————————— The Global Business Center invited students and faculty from Kenan-Flagler to join them in a discussion with Jim Geikie, former VP of Global Marketing at Burt’s Bees, and Fritz Willis, Global Director at Clorox/Burt’s Bees. These two business leaders presented a case that illuminated some of the challenges that value driven companies face in the global economy. In this specific example, Burt’s Bees was faced with the decision of whether to expand distribution into China given a regulation that mandated animal testing on all imported cosmetics. The challenge with this decision is that the market was projected to be huge for Burt’s Bees, but animal testing is counter to the company’s fundamental Read More

Welcome to blog for the Global Business Center

February 10, 2014 By GBC

As the Director, I am delighted to welcome you to the blog for the Global Business Center at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. I joined Kenan-Flagler in 2000 and since then have founded several international programs here including the Global Immersions to India for MBA and Undergraduate Business students, the UNC-Tsinghua Center for Logistics and Enterprise Development in Beijing, UNC-Tsinghua dual degree EMBA program, as well as UNC-IIM Bangalore collaborations under the Obama Singh Initiative The Global Business Center houses two grants for which I serve as the principal investigator- the UNC CIBER  grant (Center for International Business Education and Research) as well as the new Obama-Singh grant in collaboration with IIM Bangalore. We have a strong set of faculty who Read More