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Indiana University Bloomington

Institute for International Business

IU CIBER's Focus for the 2014-18 Grant Cycle

IU CIBER will continue to serve as a regional and national resource center from 2014-18. 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, development, and expansion. Our approach is highly collaborative, seeking to incorporate not only students and faculty at IU but also those at a significant number of community colleges and minority serving institutions (MSI), as well as business professionals throughout the US. We seek to add international knowledge, expertise, and abilities to key constituencies—working in a collaborative manner utilizing international education, engagement, and experiential learning.

By leveraging our resources and capacities, IU CIBER will develop and implement a range of activities to achieve broad reach and impact through value-added activities in teaching, research, faculty development, and outreach. A central emphasis is the outreach and training focus on internationalizing curricula at MSI and community colleges across the US to further develop global competence among underserved student and faculty populations. Target constituencies include students, faculty, and professional staff at IU and other institutions of higher education, as well as high school students and business professionals throughout the US.

To effectively support these activities, IU CIBER has outlined six overarching goals, guiding our development of project activities, which extend across faculty development and research, teaching, and outreach.

  1. Promote international experiences, dialogue, and interactions for IU and US business faculty at other schools to support knowledge-creation and practical development of the next generation of sustainable global business.
  2. Prepare business students to succeed in a non-US-centric global marketplace, by building international competence: the knowledge and skills to understand, adapt, interact, and negotiate with diverse countries and cultures.
  3. Challenge faculty, students, and business practitioners to develop an international perspective on how the global marketplace is changing and how US businesses might reclaim competitive leadership through development of sustainable global business models.
  4. Create experiential learning opportunities for all constituencies to increase hands-on knowledge and strengthen the core competencies needed to compete internationally.
  5. Conceive sustainable, accessible tools and resources for all constituencies to build networks and improve their competence within the global marketplace.
  6. Contribute to a national research program that identifies the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to foster development of sustainable global business.

IU and the Kelley School of Business possess significant strengths that will allow IU CIBER to fulfill these goals and adequately represent the strategic areas of focus across proposed activities. In doing so, IU supports the development of a new generation of US business leaders able to compete effectively worldwide.