Cohort 12 began their Executive MBA journey with Stetson University in August 2014. As evident in the video link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2IvHwI_M_U, the cohort has embraced this experience both professionally and personally. They have committed themselves to the work, challenged themselves to grow, and continue to have a tremendous amount of enjoyment bonding as a true “team”.
Now having completed 9 of 17 courses they are prepared to take their learning international, specifically to Bangkok, Thailand, in mid-June. This abroad course is designed to provide students with the basic knowledge, understanding, and skills necessary to understand the international business environment and manage more effectively within different cultures. Students will travel abroad for 9 days to experience the local culture which supports international business activity. The cohort will meet with a variety of international business leaders, learning first-hand how business practices differ. The course focuses on issues that managers face while directing their organizations, such as: cultural issues that affect how we perceive and are perceived by others, the effects of culture on human resource management, international accounting and financial systems, marketing in an international environment, and organizational structure.
The Cohort will become acquainted with the impact of our global economy and the importance of appreciating the differences in international business practices.
This year, our students will be consulting for a Thai company. The cohort will be divided into small groups and each group will address a specific issue that is determined by the group and client. This consulting work will involve in-depth assessments of given industry and market contexts, appraisals of key issues, reviews and valuations of strategic options, recommendations and considerations for implementation and stakeholder management.
By the end of the week, our cohort will have engaged and interacted with business, government, and not-for-profit organization leaders. They will have a strong understanding of the goals and strategies of multinational corporations. They will understand a company’s structure and be able to evaluate its effectiveness in the local market vs. globally. Additionally they will analyze and evaluate a business within its local market by understanding the financial implications of doing business globally. Students will depart Thailand understanding the factors that influence regional and global relationships and marketing efforts, not to mention the strategic issues that impact global business decisions.