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IBC Quarterly Newsletter - Fall 2022

globalEDGE Business Beat
September 15, 2022 4:00 PM

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Welcome back to campus! IBC/MSU-CIBER has been busy this summer supporting the academic and business community to strengthen our ties with our partners, offering programs/events/conferences and building new relationships locally and across the globe

This newsletter will highlight the work IBC accomplished during the summer period. The letter will particularly highlight the 2022 AIB Conference that took place in Miami, FL, as well as our initiatives with the local community and business network.  

I also want to welcome all students back on campus and look forward to work with you this year. Looking forward to a productive academic year in 2022-2023. As always, if you have any questions – the IBC team stands ready to support.

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

Past Research Spotlights:  

April 2022: Globalization In the Age of Uncertainty

April 2022: Tips and Trends: opportunities for exporting research: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JARbBdkuAU8

February 2022: The Need for Survey Research in International Marketing Strategy: https://youtu.be/IAL7rP5PYP4
November 2021: Opportunities in International Sales Research: Tips and Trends: https://youtu.be/9OAMjceApyk
September 2021: Using Cultural Distance in International Business Research: https://youtu.be/dYOxoAe_d-w
May 2021: Publishing in International Business Research: https://youtu.be/PAxsQchxTxk

The Academy of International Business


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July 6-9th, 2022: AIB Annual Meeting in Miami, FL 

After two years of online-only events, the Academy of International Business (AIB) successfully held its 2022 Annual Meeting in Miami, Florida with over 700 members of the IB community in attendance. Programming for this multi-day event included 65 panel sessions, 80 paper presentations, and 50 professional development clinics, workshops, and masterclasses.  

Building on the technological infrastructure it has been developing since 2020, AIB followed up its in-person Annual Meeting with a complementary Virtual Event, boosting its final participant count to over 1,000 individuals, representing 61 different countries. Expanding accessibility to scholars still grappling with travel, health, and budgeting restrictions, this online program featured an additional 40 paper presentations, live networking events, and a rich media archive of pre-recorded special sessions.

Please see below the list of activities related to the involvement of Broad College faculty and doctoral students at the 2022 AIB conference:

Ahmet Kirca, Associate Professor of Marketing, conducted a special session “Research Methods Clinic: Meta-Analysis”
Victor Chernetsky, Doctoral Candidate in Marketing, presented a paper titled “Customer Centricity: A Cross-Cultural, Meta-Analytic Assessment” (co-authored by Ahmet Kirca, Associate Professor of Marketing)
Wyatt Schrock, Assistant Professor of Marketing, attended AIB Junior Faculty Consortium
Victor Chernetsky and Brendon Holle, Doctoral Candidates in Marketing, attended AIB/Sheth Doctoral Student Consortium
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Global Business Club Highlights

April 26, 2022: World IP Day with MSU A-CAPP Center and Burgess Institute of Entrepreneurship

In the spring of 2022, IBC/MSU-CIBER joined forces with MSU A-CAPP Center to organize the World IP Day event. This year's theme focused directly on young, energetic entrepreneurs of the world. We were presented with the unique opportunity to implement vital knowledge of intellectual property rights to those future innovators who will, in turn, supply the world with their own intellectual property. These creators of the world, when equipped with this knowledge of how to effectively navigate the rules and regulations of the digital space, set themselves apart from their predecessors.

IBC Co-hosted and Sponsored Events

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Lansing Economic Club:

Lansing Regional Chamber was excited to announce the return of in-person Lansing Economic Club programs at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, enjoying some face-to-face networking, presentation, and lunch. IBC will continue to be a sponsor for the Lansing Chamber fall events, and if you would like to attend, please contact Ronda Bunnell at bunnell@msu.edu.

On June 7th, 2022 IBC/MSU-CIBER sponsored the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce's Econ Club event titled 𝘙𝘰𝘢𝘥𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘍𝘶𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦. IBC's Director Ahmet H. Kirca held brief remarks and introduced the keynote speaker Mark de la Vergne (Cavnue).

Staff Announcements:

AIB Wraps Up Hiring:

The Academy of International business is currently hiring for an Events Coordinator and an Events Manager position. The academy is wrapping up interviews in August and looking forward to welcoming two new staff members in the new academic year.  

Farewell Carlotta Gmachl:

IBC’s Assistant Director of International Trade Programs, Carlotta Gmachl has accepted a new position outside the university. We want to thank her for her year of service and wish her all the best for her future endeavors. Her last day will be August 31st, 2022.  

Other News

IBC's Carlotta Claire Gmachl, MBA attended the 𝐌𝐢𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐠𝐚𝐧 𝐖𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝 𝐓𝐫𝐚𝐝𝐞 𝐖𝐞𝐞𝐤 𝟑𝟔𝐭𝐡 𝐁𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐟𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞. The event was hosted by the Van Andel Global Trade Center and U.S. Commercial Service and provided several panels and speaker sessions that gave insights on various topics around global trade and export.

International Trade and Development Internship Program  

IBC in partnership with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation launched their new Export Internship Program. The program supports Michigan exporters by matching them to enthusiastic students that can assist with the companies' international strategic growth. Students gain first hand experience and the program offsets the cost of the intern's wages, creating a win-win situation for both students and companies. IBC's role provides customized training to all interns as well as mentorship to both companies and students. This year, IBC is working with nine qualified students and companies all of which graduated from the program on August 22nd.  

Michigan Export Growth Program (MEGP)  

Designed to support and increase the international expansion of Michigan businesses, MEGP provides customized international market research to small-to-medium-sized companies. Since it began twelve years ago, MEGP has assisted hundreds of businesses with customized market entry information. Funded by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the program continued to serve Michigan businesses from various industries.  

Intercultural Competence Conference

After receiving one of our grants, Carmen De Lorenzo and Sandhya Shanker were able to participate in a 3-day Intercultural Competence Conference at Notre Dame. They got the opportunity to engage in stimulating conversations with other presenters and learn more about the work they are doing. They presented a small study with teachers and volunteers at the Community Language School (CLS) where they then gathered data on how being involved in CLS has helped them become interculturally competent and culturally intelligent.  

Broad College of Business’ Center reaching to new heights as grant renewed by U.S. Department of Education

Recently renewed with more than $1.2 million in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Education, MSU-CIBER is launching several activities and projects at the undergraduate and graduate level aimed at enhancing the development of a global mindset in the Broad College at MSU.  New student initiatives that will carry now through 2026 will include the International Business Case Competition, Peer-to-Peer Language Training Programs, the Academy of International Business-CIBER Consortium for Doctoral Education, Global Speaker Program and the implementation of a Global Mindset Badge.

International Professional Program

The Visiting International Professional Program hosted a delegation of seven Lebanese government officials and financial institution analysts specializing in the fields of economics, industry, and trade on August 29. They are brought to the U.S. by the State Department for a 3-week exchange under the IVLP program. Dr. Ahmet Kirca and Erkan Kocas met with the delegation to talk about the International Business Center and its programs.

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