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MSU International Business Center (CIBER)

The International Business Center (IBC) in The Eli Broad Graduate School of Management at Michigan State University was designated in 1990 as a National Resource Center by the U.S. Department of Education (i.e., a Center for International Business Education and Research). The mission of IBC is to leverage our leading-edge competencies to provide superior education, research, and assistance to businesses, public policy makers, academics, and students on issues of importance to international trade and global competitiveness using our guiding principles as the foundation. The Center's projects have been funded by: The Title VI B grants through the International Education Programs Service of the U.S. Department of Education, National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, State of Michigan, W.K Kellogg Foundation, U.S. Small Business Administration, U.S. Agency for International Development, Michigan Consolidated Gas Company (Consumers Power), U.S. Information Agency, Ford Motor Company Fund, The Chrysler Foundation, General Motors Foundation, Frederick L. & Margaret F. Hubacker, Japan Study Abroad Endowment Fund, Broad China Business Society, individual donors listed, The Eli Broad College of Business at MSU, Office of the Provost at MSU, The Office of Research and Graduate Studies at MSU, and Libraries, Computing, & Technology at MSU. The MSU International Business Center is...

  • A conglomerate of internationalization
  • The developer of the world-leading globalEDGE™
  • A CIBER designated center by the U.S. Department of Education
  • Headquarters of the Academy of International Business
  • A national leader in education abroad

IBC Fact Sheet

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Knowledge Development

Knowledge development centers on conducting research that produces leading-edge knowledge. IBC develops innovative international business knowledge via a programmatic research agenda. The focus is on how to improve the international competitiveness of corporations and non-profit organizations. Our broad skill-set allows us to tackle research by qualitative and quantitative solutions. We focus on originality and managerial relevance. Our expertise centers on the globalization potential of corporations, global supply chains, what makes small and medium enterprises thrive globally, opportunities in emerging markets, and global product development. Published since 1996, IBC maintains the annual index of Market Potential Indicators for Emerging Markets.

Some of these topics are investigated by IBC, while others are researched in collaboration with a worldwide network of researchers. MSU has a world-leading international business research faculty (Management International Review, 2004) and influence (Journal of International Business Studies, 2005). At MSU, IBC draws on more than 150 interdisciplinary colleagues throughout some 25 international units to conduct cutting-edge research and to mentor doctoral candidates. MSU has produced the 6th most Ph.D.'s in business since 1960 (METF, 2003), and our doctoral students rank #5 in the world in total citations (Academic Assessment Services, 2004).

We develop pioneering global knowledge!

Knowledge Deployment

Knowledge deployment centers on offering leading-edge professional development programs and products. IBC deploys leading-edge knowledge via an assortment of activities. For faculty and advanced students, we provide customary support - such as grants, support for conferences, seminars by lecturers, collaboration with scholars, links to industry - along with a portfolio of customized activities designed to elevate each scholar's capability. For businesses and public policy makers, we offer a variety of products - such as training programs, benchmarking of global value chains, and diagnostic tools - and innovative vehicles such as globalEDGE™ ( globalEDGE™ is the leading source on international business and trade on the web.

Achieving maximum reach and impact is the goal of our knowledge deployment. IBC offers vast opportunities for knowledge deployment. A local effort is the Global Business Club of Mid-Michigan - its monthly executive luncheon with high-level industry speakers is a great source for learning and networking. All activities are embedded in a coherent, sustained program of research and development, including incremental, radical, and disruptive innovations that can advance knowledge. Anchored in its history, IBC always strives to be in the forefront of knowledge development while maintaining consistency in delivering superior products to its constituency groups.

We deploy globalEDGE knowledge worldwide!

Cultural Competiveness

Cultural competitiveness centers on permeating leading-edge knowledge into business and society. Our purpose is to instill global values in business and society. We develop and deploy global business knowledge that helps businesses, public policy makers, academics, and students achieve maximum personal value and benefits. IBC offers training and education programs for all our constituency groups. Each program is typically customized, with the common thread being to increase participants' knowledge of international business and trade. The collection of projects - such as those for businesses, community college faculty, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and students - exemplify the wealth offered to business and society.

We also provide leadership in professional global communities such as the Academy of International Business™, the globalEDGE™ Network, and CIBERweb™. Established in 1959, the Academy of International Business has members in more than 70 countries, with IBC being its headquarters since 2004. The globalEDGE™ Network, established in 2001, includes a unique cross-section of global professionals from the majority of countries in the world. IBC also serves as the "web hub" for CIBERweb™ - an online portal that integrates the activities of all CIBERs funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

We nurture global mindsets for the world's culture!

About Michigan State University and the Broad School

Founded in 1855 as the pioneer land-grant university, Michigan State University is one of 62 institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities. MSU is also a member of the Big Ten Athletic Conference. MSU is one of the largest and most diverse universities in the United States, offering a curriculum of more than 200 programs to some 45,000 students. A leader in education abroad programs, MSU also offers about 300 foreign languages and 800 international studies courses and has students from more than 125 countries and all 50 U.S. States.

The Eli Broad Graduate School of Management is considered one of the elite business schools (based on rankings by Business Week, Financial Times, U.S. News, and Wall Street Journal), and the premier school focused on organizations' global value chains in the world. The Broad School has a collection of world-leading faculty in hospitality management, international marketing, logistics, operations management, organizational behavior, purchasing, and supply chain management, with leading experts in other business areas. The school is named after billionaire Eli Broad, the son of Lithuanian immigrants. Recruiters gave the school its "top scores for students' fit with the corporate culture, their teamwork skills, and success with past hires" (Wall Street Journal, 2005).

We advance knowledge and transform lives.

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