Overview

Under the leadership of its 20th president, Dr. Lou Anna K. Simon, Michigan State University has made global awareness and engagement of our students, faculty, staff, and other constituencies an institutional priority. Just as MSU helped define the "land grant" university in the 19th and 20th centuries, we are now working to define what it means to be a "world grant" university in the 21st century.

Thinking globally always has been a priority at MSU. The university is recognized in the international community for its work in business as well as in areas as wide-ranging as human needs, education, international trade, sustainable agriculture, human and animal health and welfare, and the environment. Some 1,400 faculty members are currently involved in international research, teaching, and service projects and programs in more than 170 countries.

In international business, MSU has a world renowned research faculty (Management International Review, 2004) with significant editorial influence (Journal of International Business Studies, 2005). The Broad School has the nation's leading Center for International Business Education and Research (MSU-CIBER), funded by the U.S. Department of Education, and also serves as the web hub of all 31 CIBERs nationwide (http://ciberweb.msu.edu).

One of the Broad School's most high-impact international business products is globalEDGE™ - it is the world-leading international business resource on the web (as measured by major search engines such as Google and Yahoo!). The Broad School is also the world headquarters to the prestigious Academy of International Business with a membership of 3229 individuals spanning 85 countries along with its premier international business journal (Journal of International Business Studies).

The Broad School’s Global Initiatives draw on the vast international expertise and experience of the Broad School's faculty in accounting and information systems, finance, hospitality business, management, marketing, and supply chain management to produce outstanding international business programs for undergraduate, masters, and doctoral students. These international faculty experts are also organized in the virtual International Business Department in addition to their functional home department.

Current Global Initiatives

Initiative 1: The Broad School is establishing a Global Initiatives Council to more directly and more intensely leverage the superb "people assets" that the Broad School and Michigan State University have around the world. The background for this global initiative is that Broad School and MSU have alumni members (>400,000) and prominent friends on all continents who have shown interest and willingness be linked closer with MSU and assist in advancing our global mission and reputation. Regional "cabinets" are established for maximum impact and synergy.

Initiative 2: The Broad School has established a comprehensive website which showcases all global aspects of the Broad School and its on campus and off-campus partners (http://global.broad.msu.edu). The background for this global initiative is that the Broad School is the leader in online resources in "international business" (e.g., globalEDGE, CIBER Web, AIB). The idea is to showcase the myriad of global business activities and projects undertaken by Broad School faculty and to serve as a communication and promotional vehicle.

Initiative 3: The Broad School has established a virtual International Business Department. The background for this global initiative is that MSU has the world leading research faculty in international business (Management International Review, 2004) with the most editorial influence (Journal of International Business Studies, 2005). We also house the premier organization in international business – Academy of International Business. The International Business Department is made up of highly qualified internationally oriented faculty from the Broad School’s functional departments.

Initiative 4: The Broad School is establishing a strategically based study abroad and international internship program. The background for this global initiative is that MSU’s study abroad options are among the most diverse in the country, with more than 200 programs in 60 countries on all continents. Moving forward, the idea is to build a study abroad and international internship program that allows all interested business students (about 6,000 in total) the opportunity to engage globally in all strategically critical areas of the world.

Initiative 5: The Broad School has established a network of strategically located Global Research Centers worldwide to facilitate faculty and doctoral student research. The background for this global initiative is that nearly 1,400 MSU faculty members are currently involved in international research, teaching, and service projects in 176 countries. These GRCs will provide an opportunity for faculty to immerse themselves in the culture of the world regions to conduct cutting-edge global research within the structure of established institutional linkages.

Initiative 6: The Broad School is establishing innovative online and hybrid global education programs that leverage our global brand and entrenches the Broad School as a leading global business school. The background for this global initiative is that MSU has a half-a-century history of being in the forefront of international education and outreach. Our focus is on being the leading "world-grant" university with true international reach and distinction.

Initiative 7: The Broad School is establishing close partnerships and global campuses in strategic locations in the world to have a physical presence that allows us to be truly global in scope and scale. The background for this global initiative is that MSU has a rich history of being a globally engaged university, with the nation’s first dean of international programs. For example, MSU has several offices and project locations that the Broad School can leverage to establish a global infrastructure for programming activities in a very engaged way (e.g., MSU Dubai, Japan Center for Michigan Universities)

The Broad School’s Global Initiatives site was developed and is maintained by the International Business Center. We welcome input, suggestions, and feedback on these seven global initiatives and look forward to serving the business community with innovative and cutting-edge programs and products.

Sincerely,

Tomas Hult
Director, International Business Center (MSU-CIBER)