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IBC Quarterly Newsletter - Spring 2023

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June 20, 2023 12:00 PM

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Spring at the IBC has been busy! I would like to take this time to highlight some of the amazing work being done by our team.

To start with, I am proud to announce that our student team recently won second place at the 2023 NASBITE International Undergraduate Case Competition. These competitions emphasize skills like teamwork, strategic-thinking, and public speaking. Mentoring a team and participating in these events has been a new initiative for us, but it has been fantastic to see the enthusiasm and growth in our students.

Moving on, we have been focused on supporting the business community through programs such as the Global Business Club, Lansing Economic Club, and support of the 2023 A-CAPP Brand Protection Strategy Summit. We were particularly pleased to hold the first in-person Global Business Club event since before the pandemic. On March 24, 2023 we were joined on campus by panelists from Deloitte, Steelcase, Supply Chain Solutions, the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council, and MSU’s Broad School of Business to discuss the need for diversity, equity, and inclusion in global supply chain management.

We are excited to spend this time developing next year’s programming and look forward to coming back together in the fall.

Wishing you a happy and relaxing summer!

Kind regards,

Ahmet H. Kirca, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of International Business and Marketing

Director of the International Business Center and MSU-CIBER

Research Spotlights by IBC/MSU CIBER

February 24, 2023: Tips and Trends: The Use of Meta-Analysis in IB Research: Its Current Status & Suggestions for Better Practice

For this webinar we invited three international business/marketing scholars to discuss the use of meta-analysis as a methodological tool in international business and global marketing research.

April 14, 2023: Global Marketing in a Digitally Connected World

For this webinar we invited three international business/marketing scholars who have recently published work related to global marketing in a digitally connected world. Panelists discussed their perspectives on the opportunities available for high-impact global marketing research in the digital context, as well as address contemporary conceptual and methodological best practices necessary for publishing work in the area.

To view previous Research Spotlight sessions, click HERE

Case Competitions

The IBC sponsored and mentored the winning team from last October’s internal International Business Case Competition to participate in competitions around the country.  Guided by Doctoral Students Victor Chernetsky and Janhavi Venkatesh, as well as Fixed-Term Faculty Raymond Pirouz, the team won second place at the 2023 NASBITE Undergraduate Student Case Competition held virtually, with finalists announced March 30, 2023.  They then went on to represent MSU at the NU-CUIBE Case Competition held in Boston from March 31-April 1, 2023.

The Academy of International Business


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February 28th, 2023: AIB SIG Webinar: A Global Perspective on DEI in IB Education – Session 1

March 16-18th, 2023: AIB US West 2023 Chapter Conference

March 21st, 2023: Journals Webinar: Digital Technologies’ Impact on IB Models and Processes

April 4, 2023: A Global Perspective on DEI in IB Education

April 11, 2023: AIB Journals Webinar: The Anatomy of a JIBS Decade Award-Winning Paper

April 19, 2023: AIB SIG Webinar: Qualitative Comparative Analysis Techniques and IB Research

May 15, 2023: AIB Chapter Seminar: Writing Introductions and Discussions for Scholarly Publication

May 23, 2023: Online IB Debate: The Firm in the Age of Inexorable Rivalry

How will “the firm” be impacted by the current global, social, political, and economic rivalries, conflicts, and challenges? What does it mean for a firm to face relentless, unstoppable, and unavoidable rivalry?

We held a spirited online debate about the “Theory of the Firm,” to view click here!

Noting that the IBC has a select number of AIB memberships for MSU faculty, contact if interested.  To find out more about the Academy of International Business and upcoming events, please click the link below:

AIB Information

Global Business Club Highlights

March 24th, 2023: Global Supply Chain Management: The Need for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

As part of the Global Business Club series, the IBC/MSU-CIBER partnered with the U.S. Commercial Service to hold a panel on the need for DEI in global supply chain management. This event was moderated by Assistant Professor of Supply Chain at MSU, Simone Peinkofer, and panelists inlcuded: Kaori Koide – Senior Consultant specializing in supply chain at Deloitte in Tokyo, Matt Anderson – Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at MSU Broad College of Business, Vandana Bahl – Vice President of Trade Management at Supply Chain Solutions, Bill Grice – VP and Executive Director for the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council and Michigan MBDA Center, and Bob Lundquist - Procurement Manager with Global Procurement at Steelcase. To view this event, click here.

Community College Programming

June 2, 2023: How to Design your Education Abroad Program: Developing a Global Mindset at Community Colleges

Business focused Community College instructors joined industry experts Dr. Dawn Wood and Dr. Geoff Bradshaw to walk through how to develop an education abroad program.  


February 10-13, 2023: Community Colleges for International Development (CCID) Annual Conference:

IBC Assistant Director, Hannah Pszenica, attended the annual CCID Conference held this year in Washington, D.C.  While there she promoted MSU CIBER resources, programs, and initiatives for community colleges.  She also learned more about the latest programs and challenges these institutions face when creating an international curriculum.  

March 29-30, 2023: NASBITE International Annual Conference:

International Business Center Director Ahmet H. Kirca, Assistant Director Hannah Pszenica, and Ph.D. Candidate Victor Chernetsky attended the annual NASBITE Conference in Annapolis, Maryland from March 29-30.  While there, they presented and educated attendees on the subjects of Driving Student Engagement via Internal International Business Case Competitions, globalEDGE as Your Source for Business Knowledge, and How to Leverage the CIBE Network for Export Success.

May 3, 2023: World Trade Week

IBC Assistant Director, Hannah Pszenica, represented MSU at the 2023 World Trade Week held in Grand Rapids.  Sponsored by MSU CIBER and hosted by the U.S. Commercial Service and Grand Valley State University, this event brings together Michigan companies and local trade partners to learn more about the current state of global affairs and economic trends.

May 9-10, 2023: National Association of District Export Councils (NADEC) Annual Conference:

IBC Assistant Director, Hannah Pszenica, represented MSU CIBER at the annual District Export Council conference located in Washington, D.C.  This event is sponsored by CIBER’s across the country, and allows for U.S. small business leaders to represent their communities to government leaders.

May 18-20, 2023: APEC Automotive Dialogue

IBC Assistant Director, Hannah Pszenica, assisted the U.S. Commercial Service in hosting the 2023 APEC Automotive Dialogues held in Detroit.  This event brought together industry leaders and government representatives from the Asia-Pacific region to discuss the future of vehicle technologies.

May 30-June 2, 2023: AMA Global Marketing Conference

IBC Director, Ahmet Kirca, attended the Global Marketing SIG Conference in Chile, Santiago. During the conference, he presented a paper co-authored with Brandon Holle, Ph.D. Student in Marketing, entitled “To Watch or Not to Watch: The Relationship Between Global and Local Electronic Word of Mouth, Illicit Streaming, and Firm Performance.” He also served as a mentor for the Journal of International Business Studies Paper Development Workshop and as a session chair. Professor Kirca's attendance and participation, as well as partial research funding, were all made possible by a CIBER grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Lansing Economic Club

June 6, 2023: The MSU IBC sponsored the June speaker of the Lansing Economic Club Luncheon, University Interim President Dr. Teresa Woodruff.   With introductions by Interim Dean of the Eli Broad College of Business, Dr. Judith Whipple, Dr. Woodruff spoke of how Michigan State University is leading the region forward through community partnerships and its substantial positive impact on the Greater Lansing region and state.

MSI Consortium

Multinationals’ Continued Strive for Local Relevance in an Era of Disruption

Thursday, February 2, 2023 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Teaching IB

Thursday, February 23, 2023 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Reflections on Global Supply Chain Challenges in Highly Technical & Regulated Industries

Thursday, March 16, 2023 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Paradoxes in Globally Responsible Research

Thursday, March 30, 2023 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Learning and Leading Through a Global Turnaround

Monday, April 3, 2023 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

International Connectedness and MNE Strategy

Thursday, April 27, 2023 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Power of Storytelling in International Business Education and Policymaking

Thursday, May 25, 2023 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

GSU IB Pedagogy Workshop 2023

Wednesday, May 31 - June 2, 2023

Supporting Turkish Earthquake Efforts

March 17th, 2023:

Turkish Student Association Earthquake Relief Fundraising Dinner 

The IBC sponsored the Turkish Student Association to hold a fundraising dinner with the purpose of collecting donations to aid earthquake relief efforts.  The event was free to attend and Turkish food was offered.

A-CAPP Brand Protection Strategy Summit

March 21-23, 2023 : MSU Center for Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection: Brand Protection Strategy Summit

The IBC sponsored the 6th Brand Protection Summit.  Held in the Marriott at University Place, this summit was open to brand owners, law enforcement, academics, and the rest of the brand protection community.  Over the course of three days, attendees shared, learned, and networked with one another through open, collaborative, meaningful, and participant-led conversations within the context of the four strategic themes of the A-CAPP Center.

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