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On the International Front

July 2017

Made in Italy 2017made in italy trip
Professors Dr. Jason Senjem and Dr. Jie Peng led a group of undergraduate business students to Florence and Milan, Italy over Spring Break. This is the third year of the Made in Italy program, with this year's focus on Inspiration, Innovation, and Enterprise. Students were inspired by the Renaissance art of Michelangelo's David and Leonardo's Last Supper, as well as by our connection to St. Ambrose entombed at his namesake Basilica in Milan.

In all, nine company visits showcased Italian enterprises, including Ferrari and its unique brand strategy, a winery that turned a $35,000 investment into a $35 million global business, and Florentine artisans keeping alive precious etching, jewelry making, paper making, and shoe making skills.

Oh Canada!canada trip
Dr. John Byrne led a group of 10 students on a trip to Canada. The group left on May 15, and visited Niagara Falls, went to a Toronto Blue Jays game, had lunch at the top of the CN Tower, and visited Unilever and the NHL Hall of Fame. Their ultimate destination was London, Ontario, where colleagues at our international partner school, King's College, hosted them.

German Doctoral Students Visit SAUgerman doctoral students
St. Ambrose University was recently home to two doctoral students in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Laura Wingender and Hadjira Bendella, from the University of Cologne in Germany. Laura and Hadjira are working under the direction of Dr. Hans-Georg Wolff, Chair of the I/O Psychology Department.

While at SAU, Laura and Hadjira worked with Dr. Monica Forret on a study pertaining to stereotypes and networking behavior. They designed a survey and collected data from graduate students across the University. In addition, Laura and Hadjira gave presentations to classes on topics such as the employee benefits system in Germany, differences in doctoral education between the U.S. and Germany, and an overview of the research on networking behavior they have conducted as doctoral students at the University of Cologne.

Laura and Hadjira very much enjoyed their experience as students at SAU, living on campus and participating in a number of student activities such as the Dance Marathon. Their 8-week stay allowed them to enjoy many of the amenities of the area such as biking on our trails and boating on the Mississippi River, along with visits to Chicago and St. Louis.

Visiting Professors
Dr. Borna Jalšenjak from the Zagreb School of Economics and Management in Zagreb, Croatia was a visiting professor from May 22-June 22. He taught MOL 792: Special Topics - Leadership, Intrinsic Motivation and the "Good Life".

Looking forward to the Fall semester - soon upon us - Ms. Shawna Weingartner, an accounting professor from King's College in Canada will be visiting SAU this coming October. And SAU's own Dr. Dan Ebener will be leading an undergraduate group of students to Croatia over winter break. The College continues to focus energy and resources on educating our students of all levels about the global nature of business!

International Business Institute international business institute
For the second year, a group of students from Davenport high schools participated in a week long event that introduced them to the international business environment in the Quad Cities, presented by the International Business Institute.

Led by Dr. Patrick O'Leary, Associate Professor of Management and International Business, the students learned about globalization, international cultures and business skills from in-classroom speakers, and by visiting local businesses that work internationally.

Students visited John Deere, KJWW, Group O, and Cobham. At the end of the week, students gave group presentations about what they had learned from their speakers and company visits.

Groups learned that being perfect is not always best; you can learn a lot from failing at something and that depending upon the organization's goals, success can look differently. Cultural differences were also highlighted.

"The International Business Institute exists to build awareness, exposure, and skills relating to international business amongst high school students. It does this by daily lectures, talks, and visits to local multi-national companies," Dr. O'Leary said.  "As a joint endeavor of the College of Business, the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend, and Davenport Sister Cities, the institute also promotes international exchange and homestays for participants."

Approximately 260 businesses from within the Quad Cities export internationally. This number will continue to grow and provide opportunities for employment and a stronger region.

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