International Business

The Carlson Global Institute, through its affiliate Center for International Business Education and Research, supports student and faculty research on business topics of international significance, particularly in the areas of sustainability and emerging markets.

Faculty and PhD Research

CIBER offers research grants to Carlson School faculty through the Dean's Small Grant program. For more information please email

Recent Faculty Awards:

Frederico Belo: "Technological Diversification and Asset Prices."
Alfred Marcus: "New Forms of Cross-Sector Cooperation for Achieving Breakthroughs."
Kingshuk Sinha: "Evaluating and Managing Risk in Outsourcing and Offshoring Projects."
Paul Vaaler: Research in progress on whether and how banks in China vary their lending nationally and in specific provinces based on so-called "political business cycle" ("PBC") considerations.
Mary Zellmer-Bruhn: "When Is An Interaction Cross-Cultural?"

Recent PhD Awards:

Joel Malen: "Role of Firms' International Experience in New Clean Technology Development."
Hans Rawhouser: "Modular Policymaking: Lessons from the Emerging Carbon Offsets Industry."

For information about other research generated by Carlson School faculty, please visit Discovery at Carlson.

Undergraduate Research

CIBER Honors Thesis Prize

Each year CIBER offers an award for best Honors Thesis on an international business topic. This award recognizes undergraduate research that contributes to an understanding of global business, or has implications for firms operating in a global environment.

CIBER Honors Research Circle

CIBER facilitates a series of research circles for undergraduate students in the University Honors Program who are writing theses on international business topics. The research circles provide a forum for presenting findings, sharing successes and challenges, and seeking tips from peers and faculty experts.

Honors Thesis Projects with a Global Business Dimension

Student Title Academic Year
Lisa Clinton Culture of Problem Solving: How Problem-solving Methodologies Compare between American and Asian University Students 2011-2012
Katherine Holten Comparing Swiss and US Physician Payments for Elderly Patients in a Fixed Price Reimbursement Market 2011-2012
Adam Lueck* Show Me the Money: An Analysis of Efficiency in the Online Microfinance Interface of 2011-2012
Tianshi Zhang Cross-Cultural Differences in Financial Risk Preference between Chinese and American College Students 2011-2012
Joshua Sletten** Project Finance Investment Risk and Political Business Cycles in Developing Democracies 2012-2013
Zachary Prebeck** Perception of Key Stakeholder Groups Associated with the Adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards in the United States 2013-2014


*Dean's Thesis Award Winner

**CIBER Honors Research Award Winner


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