In an increasingly global economy, international experience for Indiana University MBA candidates comes from hands-on work in the field as much as the classroom. A group of students, led by Dr. Phil Powell, travel to Peru to help local entrepreneurs tackle business challenges using cutting edge business practices. The Kelley MBA GLOBASE initiative provides a unique social enterprise experience by partnering with Peruvian businesses to make a global impact.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Expanding the Kelley School's footprint in Latin America

In addition to scoping details for our GLOBASE return in March 2011, our mission has been to move forward on a possible online executive certificate program for middle managers in Peru. The focus of the certificate is "How to do business in the United States?" and is inspired by a one day conference led by Kelley faculty and hosted by the American Chamber (AMCHAM) of Commerce in Peru during our last GLOBASE mission in March 2010. In concept, the certificate involves five short courses (6-8 weeks in length) delivered online through Kelley Direct - Marketing in the U.S., Building Supply Chains in the U.S., Managing Cultural Differences between the U.S. and Peru, Negotiating and Business Law in the U.S., and Risk Management. Most importantly, the courses would be in SPANISH. Funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development would subsidize the difference between Kelley's cost of delivery and the willingness to pay for such a program in the Peruvian executive education market. Our partners at AMCHAM are helping us work with the Embassy to enable monies for such a project.

If this certificate becomes a reality, two years of success with GLOBASE (and the efforts of Professor Roberto Garcia and student leadership teams) will have made it happen. The Kelley brand will continue to expand in the region and enhance our ability to attract top MBA students from Latin America. The Kelley School’s recent establishment of the Institute for Global Organizational Effectiveness will also help efforts. Led by Professor Herman Aguinas, the institute will match graduate students with projects that solve management problems for companies in Latin America.

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