IU CIBER's Focus for the 2010-14 Grant Cycle
IU CIBER will continue to serve as a regional and national resource center from 2010-14. The project, as funded by the U.S. Department of Education under Title VI of the Higher Education Act, will focus on long-term sustainable approaches to international business practice and economic development. The project’s activities concentrate on five themes that recognize these aspects of the international business environment:
- Existing and nascent global multinational enterprises play leading roles in emerging markets extending beyond China and India.
- Global leadership must understand and account for international and intra-national diversity.
- Environmental sustainability and social responsibility is a foundation for effective global business practices.
- Social, political, and/or economic turmoil affect security and governance across regions and nations and can be mitigated in part through business practices that explicitly consider their underlying causes.
- Sustainable development goals in developing countries need to include “bottom of the pyramid” populations, including women and other minority groups.
To effectively support the proposed activities, IU CIBER has outlined seven project goals that extend across research, teaching, and outreach and support both the legislative mandates and invitational priorities:
- Promote international experiences, dialogue, and interaction among IU and other U.S. business faculty in support of inquiry, knowledge-creation, and theoretical and practical development of the next generation of sustainable global business.
- Support research that identifies the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to foster development of sustainable global business.
- Prepare business students to succeed in a non-U.S. centric global marketplace, with the knowledge and skills to understand, adapt, interact, and negotiate with diverse countries and cultures.
- Drive experiential learning opportunities for all constituencies to increase hands-on knowledge and strengthen the core competencies needed to compete internationally.
- Challenge faculty, students, and business practitioners to develop an international perspective on how the global marketplace is changing and how U.S. businesses might reclaim competitive leadership through development of sustainable global business models.
- Create sustainable, accessible tools and resources for all constituencies, in order to improve their understanding of and success within the global marketplace.
- Expand networks and opportunities for connecting managers, faculty, students and other key constituencies to their peer-groups internationally.
Additionally, IU CIBER has defined seven measurable objectives to evaluate the project holistically and more
accurately measure reach and impact across key constituencies:
- To increase faculty members' interest, ability, and participation in implementing courses that incorporate an international context.
- To increase the quantity, quality, and use of international business teaching resources by faculty.
- To increase students' interest, participation, and knowledge in critical foreign languages and international fields.
- To increase the number of students graduating with the cross-cultural awareness and competencies needed for international understanding and competitiveness.
- To increase the quantity and quality of international business research, including cutting-edge research that helps to ensure the long-term competitiveness of the U.S. in a global marketplace.
- To increase business community members' knowledge and skills in dealing with current international business issues.
- To increase the access to, and use of, resources related to international business at smaller universities, community colleges, and Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs); and to increase the participation of smaller universities, communities, and MSIs in international business opportunities.
IU and the Kelley School of Business possess significant strengths that will allow IU CIBER to meet the project goals and adequately represent the project’s thematic areas of focus across proposed activities. IU ranks among the top three in the nation, among all public and private universities, in the number of federally designated Title VI Centers and offers one of the richest arrays of foreign language courses among U.S. institutions of higher education, regularly offering more than 70 languages. Further, IU offers more than 200 study abroad programs in nearly every field of study. The Kelley School offers 17 advanced study abroad options for business undergraduates, as well as a multitude of international business degree and certificate options for graduate students. The Kelley School is ranked among the top 10 public universities in entrepreneurship, international business, and management, and the faculty is internationally recognized for its research productivity and scholarship. IU CIBER will also leverage IU’s expertise in information technology to develop innovative instructional and digital resources, allowing for efficient and effective distribution of critical international business content to a broad array of constituencies.