World Languages Day
The following comments were submitted by Michigan school teachers who attended the World Languages Day event:
"[My favorite part was] watching the students enjoy themselves while learning about new languages and cultures" (Vicki from Clarkston); "[My favorite part was] watching my students survive! Many tried a new language. Most have never been to a university campus. It's great to see them expand their experiences" (Kristine from Fife Lake); "The whole educational experience is phenomenal!" (Jeana from Detroit); "[My favorite part was] the excitement my students had when they told me what they learned. They were obviously excited and inspired!" (Amy from Kenowa Hills)
The Eli Broad College OF Business Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) <i>Arranged through the Office OF Study Abroad(OSA) </i>
The International Business Management in Western Europe program offers students the opportunity to meet in person with managers from multi-national companies and with international governmental, political, and regulatory organizations. The program is unique because it offers daily site visits, allowing for personal interaction with managers and decision makers in a variety of international settings. Instruction is offered in a working, learning, and problem-solving context, as opposed to a classroom lecture format. Students will have the opportunity to meet with European executives; Americans who have professional careers abroad; and with representatives of public agencies important in the management and performance of European businesses.
The program provides a comparative study of European business management and the impact social, political and regulatory institutions have on organizations. Students will gain an understanding of the similarities and differences in management practices in the U.S.A. and the European Union. Some emphasis will be placed on supply chain management, although the program will examine other industries and institutions important to each country visited.
The program will take students to Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Luxemburg, Brussels, Antwerp, Paris, and Trier. Students will be exposed to five western European countries and cultures in order to form a lasting understanding of how business is conducted outside of the United States.
The focus is on a comparative study of management in order to gain an understanding of the similarities and differences in management practices in the U.S.A. and the E.U. (European Union), and the impact on organizations of European social, political and regulatory institutions. An emphasis will be placed on supply chain management, although the program will examine markets and regulatory organizations as well. Students will have the opportunity to meet with European executives; Americans who have professional careers abroad; and with representatives of public agencies important in the management and performance of these businesses. The program will take students to Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Luxemburg, Brussels, Antwerp, and Paris. Optional day visit to Germany will be encouraged, giving students exposure to five countries.
Dr. Erika Butler
Erika J. Butler is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management, at The Eli Broad College of Business, Michigan State University. She has taught at Michigan State University for nearly 20 years. She holds an MA in Organizational Communication, an MA in Educational Psychology, and a PhD in Telecommunication. Her courses have focused on business, technology, and globalization. Prior to this she was a professional in the IT world, where she specialized in developing business solutions through the use of new technologies. At General Motors/EDS she evaluated, designed and implemented computing solutions in manufacturing and was involved in many aspects of supply chain management, purchasing, and quality control. Her research has focused on how communication technologies influence interpersonal behavior. Her personal interests are diversity, cultural customs, and international business. She speaks English, Dutch, German, and French.
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