“Building a Robust Undergraduate International Business Curriculum” presented by Mahesh Srinivasan, The University of Akron – Institute for Global Business
We will share our process and best practices in revising our International Business Curriculum. The process was by driven our industry partners who serve on our advisory board(s). The input from these business professionals and the benchmarking of other programs in leading AACSB schools informed our curriculum revision process. The focus remained on creating a curriculum that provides both strong functional expertise along with building the required competency and knowledge in the International Business field. We considered functional areas that had strong synergies to International Business along with the question of including a foreign language requirement in the curriculum. Experiential learning opportunities for students in terms of internships and study abroad experiences were also a key consideration. We will also discuss our on-going process of building a credential system for International Business which is centered on one of our key AACSB learning goals of global fluency and cross-cultural awareness.
Dr. Mahesh Srinivasan is an Associate Professor of Supply Chain and Operations Management and Director of the Institute for Global Business in the College of Business Administration at The University of Akron, Ohio. He has a Ph.D. in Supply Chain Management and a Masters degree in Business Logistics from The Pennsylvania State University and also a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering. Mahesh teaches Business Management and Statistics courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level. His research articles have appeared in the Journal of Business Logistics, International Journal of Production Economics, Transportation Journal, Supply Chain Forum: An International Journal, Business Horizons Journal, Management Research Review, European Management Journal and International Journal of Enterprise Information Systems. He serves on the Editorial Review Boards of the Journal of Business Logistics and Journal of Transportation Security. He was part of the Working Committee of President Obama’s initiative on Advance Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) 2.0. He also has over five years of industry experience working for a major German multinational company in addition to consulting with companies in the areas of Supply Chain and Logistics Management.
TRACK: International Education