Executive MBA Program Blog

International Trip to Malaysia

Posted by Aaron Archambault on Nov 18, 2016 1:30:00 PM

Though we had the date of the trip nearly a year in advance, the destination wasn’t announced until about 5 months in advance.  So the anticipation for this year’s International trip location was high.  The initial reaction to the announcement that we would be traveling to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia was met with some reservations, however, and the announcement spawned a number of discussions about physical safety, health concerns, and other topics. 

We would spend a fair amount of time researching the country and KL itself, but as a class we had many unanswered questions: How developed is Malaysia?  What form of government exists there?  What role does religion play in business and society at large?  After a little research and a case study centered on Malaysia, the discussion began to focus on the regional business environment and what we could learn from this experience.  After nearly a year of case studies, response papers, and discussions, traveling half-way around the world to directly see how business operates in another culture, without relying on case studies and biased news stories, opened up lots of possibilities and the opportunity to enrich our courses, our careers, and the way we think about ourselves.

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Topics: international, global

Selecting an International Trip Location

Posted by Jeff Davis on Jul 19, 2016 8:41:06 PM


This fall will mark our 40th international trip for the RIT Executive MBA Program.  The international trip is a required portion of the curriculum and coincides with International Business and Finance courses.  In addition to visiting companies, and receiving presentations on country-specific topics as a group, there are cultural visits to key points of interest.  There is also the consulting project in which individual teams of three-four students each visit and interview executives at selected companies to enable them to conduct and complete their respective team projects during the trip.   Teams make contact with a specific company in –country ahead of time.  They research that company and industry in preparation for their consulting project. 

In the past, the majority of EMBA trips were to Prague, Czech Republic.  We had an established relationship with VSE (Prague School of Economics) and the students raved about these trips.  After 14 years of going to Prague, we took a trip to China and had a great experience.  After a few trips to China, we started a more formal analysis to evaluate new location possibilities and determine where we could provide the best experience each year.  Since 2012, our trips have included:

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Topics: international, global

International Trip to Dubai

Posted by Jason Benagh on Apr 4, 2016 9:41:08 AM
Summary Observations:
Overall, the experience was magnificent. The exposure to business in Dubai both small and large was fascinating. I have toured other countries and even participated in a trade mission to Egypt for a printing convention. I had been in free zones then, but I had no comprehension of what exactly that meant for me as a buyer or for the companies located there.  This is a testament to both the trip itself, and the program as a whole. The added benefit of this trip was to spend time with the cohort that had met in person only once before. I know there will be lifelong friendships from this program, and I look forward to working with my classmates in the future.
 
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Topics: international, global

International Trip to Poland

Posted by Sara Wood on Oct 27, 2015 2:41:04 PM

For those following this blog who are not familiar with the EMBA program, perhaps I should take a few seconds to explain what we are doing in Poland and why. As part of our “International Business Seminar,” we take an international trip to see up close how international businesses and multi-national companies operate. While we are here, we will also be given our own client for whom we will provide a report on how to improve their business. This part of the trip comes toward the end of the week. Before we get there, the goal is to learn as much as possible about how business is done in Poland.

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Topics: international, global

The Yen is Falling!!! The Yen is Falling!!! (But I’m an American, so why should I care?)

Posted by Gregory Van Laeken on Jun 24, 2015 9:30:00 AM

References to the value of the U.S. dollar and other major foreign currencies by the financial news outlets have become as ubiquitous today as the stock price quotations of our most heavily traded companies. The value of our “greenback” has seemingly garnered even more attention in the past several months as analysts and pundits debate the impact of a rapidly rising U.S. dollar on corporate earnings. However, if you’re like most people, this information comes and goes and doesn’t really stimulate much further thought. Changes to the values of our currencies are much like the proverbial tree falling in the woods without witness – it happens, but if nobody cares does it really matter?

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Topics: international, global, finance

Mike's trip to Vietnam

Posted by Michael Mangione on Oct 26, 2014 6:15:00 PM

      

Sunday October 19th, 2014 11:35 PM

After spanning the globe for 15 hours in the air and traveling at speeds of over 700 MPH our Execuitve MBA cohort of 18 arrived in one of the world’s largest airports in Hong Kong. The group was a bit weary from the long trip but incredibly excited to be half way across the world in East Asia. We had just enough time to stretch out and make a few phone calls before getting ready for the last leg of our journey which would be touching down in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam!

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Topics: international, global, higher education, online learning