For more than a quarter century, a research center in Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business has advanced the study and teaching of international business and supported research that helps our country to remain competitive in the global marketplace.
Kelley’s Center for International Business Education and Research also continues a tradition dating back to the mid-1950s, when the school was a partner in the European Productivity Agency, along with Harvard Business School, the Wharton School, the University of California and the University of Illinois.
Last month, Kelley’s CIBER was awarded a $1.28 million Title VI grant from the U.S. Department of Education. It has been actively engaged in activities promoting international business practice and economic development since 1992, when it was part of the second cohort of the federal program’s inaugural group.
Appropriately, a new special issue of Business Horizons, a bimonthly journal housed at Kelley, focuses on the value of international business scholarship. Joshua E. Perry, faculty chair of Kelley’s undergraduate program, and Hilary Kahn, an assistant dean of IU’s Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies, are guest editors of the November-December issue, which has the theme, “Ethics, Culture and Pedagogical Practices in Global Context.”
“Our aim was to strike a balance between practical application and scholarly analysis that would prompt readers to think about the ethical and cultural dynamics of international business, in new, innovative and constructive ways,” Perry and Kahn wrote in the journal’s opening article.
Nearly 30 authors contributed 16 articles, which focus on topics such as how multinational organizations can be corporately responsible, the role and ethics of big data analytics in developing countries and how microfinance can be used to break the cycle of poverty.
In addition to authors from Kelley, Babson College, the University of Washington and other American institutions, contributors include those from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland, XLRI-Xavier School of Management in India, Ukrainian Catholic University and the University of Huelva in Spain.
Four Kelley faculty members Keith Dayton, Karleigh Koster, Jamie Prenkert and Robert Ridlon – collaborated to write about the long-term value of short-term global business immersion courses.
LaVonn Schlegel, executive director, and Timothy Smith, director of international relations and business development, both at Kelley’s Institute for International Business interviewed Curt Ferguson, president of Coca-Cola Greater China and Korea and a school alumnus. Smith also interviewed Daniel Sirota, vice president of Cook Medical’s MedSurg Division.
“Whether your influence is in the classroom or the boardroom, our hope is that you will find within this special issue both insights and inspiration for the challenging and exciting work of doing business in our culturally diverse global business environment,” Kahn and Perry conclude.
Business Horizons is available to readers through university and school libraries with subscriptions to it and other academic journals. Individuals also can obtain individual articles or subscribe by going to ScienceDirect.com.