Fellow Colleagues, Students and Global Researchers:
Through the Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship's Global Management Center, we support international initiatives of the University and prepare students for success in global business. The center provides students with the opportunity to learn from international speakers, study abroad and support faculty research internationally. We are committed to increasing awareness of the global business environment, providing innovative learning experiences and preparing students to compete in global business.
The mission of the Global Management Center was built upon these goals:
- Engage with the world beyond our campuses.
- Increase awareness and understanding of the new challenges, opportunities, and concerns in global affairs.
- Provide innovative learning experiences for students.
- Prepare students to perform successfully in a globally competitive work environment.
- Provide a practical perspective to the integrated study of business, culture, and communication.
- Collaborate and coordinate with local, regional, and international partners in education and business to encourage multi-disciplinary scholarly research, teaching, and practice.
Since 2006, the Global Management Center has awarded a number of grants to faculty and doctoral students to support research initiatives in the areas of outsourcing and offshoring, international financial reporting standards, global brand extension and retail patterns in the United States and China. Awards have also been used to strengthen teaching and research partnerships abroad.
GMC Speaker Series
Each semester the GMC Speaker Series brings a business leader to Kent to present and discuss recent developments in the global economy of importance to both the academic and business communities. The speaker series was suspended in 2020 due to Covid. It will return again at a later date.
View the recent presentation, “Tri Sector Innovation in Action,” by Jens Molbak, founder of NewImpact, below.
The International Speaker’s Bureau gives students access to managers with backgrounds in a specific area of interest. For example, the CEO of a holding company active in a number of markets in Asia recently discussed corporate governance with students enrolled in a course on global business strategy.
The GMC International Speaker’s Bureau accomplishes its mission by networking within the business community to find experts in a particular topic when a request is received from a member of our faculty. Additionally, the Bureau tries to find speaking opportunities for business leaders interested in coming to campus to help prepare our students for the challenges they will encounter in the global economy upon graduation. If you would like to join us in this effort, please contact GMC Director, Ilgaz Arikan.
GMC works with select business development organizations in Northeast Ohio to further mutual commercial and educational interests. Each semester GMC and its partners sponsor a speaker bureau and series that brings business leaders to campus to discuss with students and area managers the new challenges U.S. firms face in the global economy. In addition, GMC s offers internships through its partnerships to its students that help Northeast Ohio firms compete in foreign markets.
Business development organizations and firms interested in working with GMC to further the global impact of Northeast Ohio are invited to join with its partners, the Northeast Ohio Trade and Economic Consortium and U.S. Foreign and Commercial Services.
Students gain global exposure to international business and culture at Kent State’s campus in Florence and other locations, including; Geneva, Prague, Dublin, Rome, Greece and more through education abroad. You can study abroad for a semester or a summer program ranging from ten days to five weeks.
GMC works closely with the Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship Career Services Office to offer internships that give students experience in working abroad or assisting local companies in their international operations.
Internships are offered during the fall, spring and summer semesters. The number of hours, program requirements and prerequisites vary by major. You should consult with your academic advisor to determine your eligibility and better understand how an internship may further your career interests and progress toward your degree.
ROBERT C. BINGHAM MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
This award is available to all Ambassador Crawford College business majors, but preference is given to economics majors and students enrolled in the Geneva Program.
NEIDUS FAMILY STUDY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIP
Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship majors who have financial need that are registered for a study abroad or study away program may apply. The purpose of this scholarship is to cover non-tuition costs associated with a study abroad program including but not limited to room and board in-country, books and materials for coursework and travel expenses.