Executive Programs Benefit from International Experience
Kent State University’s Executive MBA programs set the stage for executive MBA students to experience and learn on a global stage. Students have the opportunity to travel abroad with faculty members for 12 days to experience another country’s corporate business practices firsthand. During the trip, students meet with business leaders, tour select corporations and international agencies, meet with the U.S. Embassy and immerse themselves in the country’s culture.
“As businesses continue to expand globally, interdependencies increase throughout the world,” said Laurie Walker, director of executive MBA programs. “This makes it imperative for students to understand business on an international level. Students explore the impact of doing business globally on a number of different dimensions, from business law to how cultural components affect management and negotiations.”
In the past, international locations included Ireland, Austria, Greece, China, Vietnam, Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Switzerland. International companies visited during the trips abroad have included Timken, the J.M. Smucker Company, Petrobras Oil Headquarters, the U.S. Consulate and Microsoft.
The annual destination for the corporate EMBA program is based upon current events taking place in the domestic and global economies. “It’s important to look at trending stories coming from large, emerging countries like Brazil and have the opportunity to explore business practices in person,” Walker said. “It gives the students on the ground, hands-on business knowledge. Plus, students working for companies having an international presence have an added benefit. If they wish to explore an international topic within their own company, they can test their knowledge while establishing a corporate, global network of colleagues.”
In the Executive MBA for Healthcare Professionals, students take a one-week trip during the fifth semester of coursework to Geneva, Switzerland and Paris, France. Students visit influential businesses and organizations including the World Health Organization and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.