Going Global Spring/Summer 2015

Robert Ottel Kicks Off the New 2015 Vienna Executive MBA Cohort

On April 7, 2015, Robert Ottel, CFO and Member of the Management Board of Voestalpine AG, extended a warm welcome to the new cohort of 41 students from 19 countries entering the Vienna EMBA class. In his keynote speech, he not only stressed the particular importance of a healthy corporate culture, but also shared his personal MBA experience with the new class.

Carlson Students Imagine New Ways to Study Abroad

The Self Designed International Experience course empowers students to get a different view on international business and explore an unfamiliar culture, on their terms. Each year, 25-30 Carlson School students choose to intern, volunteer, or conduct research abroad, and are able to fulfill the Carlson School’s curricular “international experience” requirement in the process.

New Carlson School Class Traces the Global Supply Chain  

Last fall, 29 undergraduate students participated in the inaugural offering of SCO 2950 – Tracing the Global Supply Chain. This class was the brainchild of Senior Lecturer Steven Huchendorf and follows the supply chain from retail operations to suppliers of raw materials. During the semester, students in the class visited operations of corporate partners in Minnesota, including Best Buy, C.H. Robinson, General Mills, Polaris, and Target. They then spent two weeks traveling to L.A and Southern China to see distribution and manufacturing.

Carlson Global Institute Welcomes Lili Dong, Director of the Global EMBA Program Portfolio

Lili Dong recently joined Carlson Global Institute (CGI) as its new Global Executive MBA Director. In her role, she leads the day-to-day operations of the Carlson EMBA programs in China and Austria.  She brings a wealth of experience in strategic and supervisory management in higher education along with strong program development, evaluation, and marketing skills across multiple countries and cultures.

Prior to joining CGI, she worked at the University of California Berkeley where she led the development, management, and evaluation of international programs, including collaborations with students and faculty around the world. Prior to her time at Berkeley, she worked at the University of Minnesota's China Center and Georgetown University. She has a master's degree in education from USC and a PhD in educational policy and administration from the University of Minnesota.

New Content Added to Global Matters Video Series

The Global Matters video series features thought leaders and practitioners of global business sharing their insights and expertise from the Twin Cities and beyond.  New videos are posted to our YouTube playlist regularly. The most recent editions are listed below. Viewers can subscribe to receive notices when new content is posted.

  • Simone Ahuja: Frugal innovation and how U.S. companies can benefit from it
  • Simone Ahuja: Implementing frugal innovation
  • Mary Zellmer-Bruhn: Team mindfulness and cross-cultural teams
  • Mary Zellmer-Bruhn: The impact of language and lingua franca policies
  • Pankaj Ghemawat: Advice for companies looking to expand internationally
  • Pankaj Ghemawat: CAGE framework to evaluate international trade opportunities
  • Pankaj Ghemawat: Understanding true degree of globalization to guide corporate strategy

Accounting Star Charlie Caliendo Passes Away at 51

Charlie Caliendo, senior lecturer in accounting at the Carlson school since 1992, passed away in January at 51 years of age. Caliendo taught regularly in the Global EMBA programs in China and Austria. He also launched one of the most popular education abroad programs for undergraduates bringing his class to Argentina each year. Since its inception in 2004, over 300 students participated. Read more about Charlie’s significant contributions to the Carlson School here.

Connecting the Global Network: HRIR Students and Alumni Reflect on Studying Abroad  

The Carlson School has always stressed to students the advantage of gaining global perspectives during their studies and, as such, provides MA-HRIR students with both short-term and long-term opportunities to take business classes in English at international universities. Whether they take an interesting elective or select a highly immersive language intensive course, Carlson School students always return with unforgettable memories and a greater sense of global mindfulness. We spoke with several alumni, and one current student, about how their study abroad experiences took them from the Carlson School, around the world and back again. 

Working with International Students: Summer Training for Career Professionals

July 29, 1:00-4:00 p.m. and July 30 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Contact Michele Moylan at moyl0002@umn.edu for information.

August 4, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 1st Tuesday with COO of Porch.com, Asha Sharma

September 1, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 1st Tuesday with Schwann's CEO Dimitrios Smyrnios

September 24, 4:30-6 p.m. Carlson Global Institute Fall Reception

October 1, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. 1st Tuesday with EY Director of Inclusiveness Recruiting Ken Bouyer

MBA International  Recruiting Events

Our MBA recruiting staff will be visiting Asia and India later this summer and fall. If you are an alumnus or know of prospective students who might be interested in learning more about our programs, please contact Kory Schmitz at kschmitz@umn.edu.

August 1, 2015 Mumbai
August 4, 2015 New Delhi
August 6, 2015 Hyderabad
August 8, 2015 Bangalore
August 29, 2015 Shanghai
August 30, 2015 Beijing
September 1, 2015 Seoul
September 3, 2015 Tokyo