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Bissett Professor Jacqueline Musabende introduces new form of experiential learning in International Marketing course

Professor Jacqueline Musabende is excited to announce her most recent teaching and learning innovation for her International Business class (INBU 3302): “High Impact Teaching Strategies, Real world case enhanced by Innovative Technology.”

Jacqueline notes that Bissett School of Business is now part of a select group of Canadian Universities that have collaborated  with CUSO International, a not-for-profit development organization funded in part by the Canadian Government through Global Affairs Canada. CUSO International is currently working with the Chamber of Commerce, in Quibdó Colombia and as a result of this partnership, Bissett International Marketing students are working with 13 SMEs, advising and developing an International Marketing Plan with the end goal of developing strategy to help transform these domestic entities into global trade players.

Colombian companies that are participating are diverse in scope and industry, ranging from service providers (tourism, food and beverage industry- craft beer, chocolate), manufacturing (canneries, household good, fashion, crafts),  and farming (fruits, coffee, cocoa).

“The lesson plan methodology assimilates textbook material, technology (Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3-D Printing design solutions), social media (Going Viral, 360 Camera), international teleconferencing and strategic market analytics as part of a real world problem solving project.”

“Each set of decisions students make as part of a comprehensive set of deliverables and outcomes are vetted and assessed by CUSO and Colombian partners. The feedback students receive from the international stakeholders and participants take place in real time and provide the foundation for adjustments in market research and future steps in the project. The meta-cognitive strategies through self-reflection, complete their learning process.” – Dr. Jacqueline Musabende

Jacqueline also points out that this teaching innovation serves a broader purpose in that it ties together these goals of Mount Royal University:

innovation in teaching through experiential methods implemented in the classroom, removing the high cost and risk of field schools in the context of a more inclusive education opportunity for all students.

–  internationalization, as students take another step towards becoming global citizens and ambassadors of Canadian goodwill.

Dr. Musabende would like to extend her thanks and gratitude to the staff at the Riddell Library for their support in this project.

For more information on the E-Volunteers CUSO Program, click here

 

 

Bissett INBU Professors, Cotae and Musabende research garners international accolades

Bissett professors, Dr. Jacqueline Musabende and Dr. Frank Cotae have won the Academy of International Business (AIB Annual Meeting 2018) CUIBE Award for Best Paper on International Business Education. The paper title is: “A Student and Instructor Review of Simulations as Experiential Learning Tools for IB Courses.” The award is the highest honour the Academy bestows upon research in undergraduate business education and it is the first time is was granted to researchers from an institution that offers only undergraduate programs.

Dr. Jacqueline Musabende has completed two field policy papers for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for Public Financial Management Reforms in Namibia and Botswana.

Dr. Jacqueline Musabende and Dr. Frank F. Cotae have been invited by Columbia University and Government of France’s LABEXRefi to present their paper titled “Payment Systems role in Financial Inclusion, Government Policy and Effect in Developing Nations: Evidence from Kenya and Rwanda.” The conference is an event organized by Columbia Centre Alliance – including Columbia University (USA), École Polytechnique (France), Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University (France), SciencesPo (France), LABEXReFi (France), ESCP Europe, l’ENA (France), Le CNAM (France). It is considered the highest ranked international think tank in international relations and international financial regulation. The article supported the Government Reforms, Gender Equality, Poverty Reduction and Empowering Women through Financial Inclusion, All UN SDG goals. Please follow the link for more information: https://alliance.columbia.edu/events/end-cash-challenge-public-authority

Bissett students compete in the X-Culture Global Symposium in Macerata, Italy

Bissett would like to congratulate  Associate Professor, Abdulraham Chikhouni and his contingent of seven Mount Royal University students for their participation in the X-Culture Global Symposium in Macerata, Italy (July 29 – Aug 4, 2018). The symposium brings together thousands of students, from over 40 countries to “compete, collaborate and learn the challenges and best practices of international business consulting.”  The  students were subject to a competitive vetting process of a pool of approximately forty thousand students. Representing Mount Royal were:  April Beaurivage, Catherine Chow, Chelsea Patricio, Colin Murphy. Farkhunda Niazi, Portia Allen and Samuel Velazquez.
The main feature of the symposium was to provide consulting for four Italian companies and doing so within teams comprised of students from different countries. The MRU contingent was excited to have the team of Farkhunda Niazi as the winner of the Cocci Grifoni case. This is a  great achievement for Farkhunda and for the entirety of the group. All of the other students were very close to winning.
Congratulations to all of our participating students and a special thank you to Abduhl for his dedication and mentor-ship to the competing students!

Bissett School of Business International Business and Supply Chain Management professors prepare for Conference Presentations!

Bissett School of Business would like to congratulate the following professors for their upcoming presentations at major conferences throughout North America:

Dr. Frank Cotae will present at the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER)  in Atlanta, Georgia and the last week of June both Frank and Dr. Halia Valladares will present a paper called ‘Experiential Learning: Integrating Simulations into International Business Curricula’ based on the teaching and innovation grant they received for this academic year.

Dr. Brian Fleming will be presenting the results of his Doctorate thesis, Opportunity for Formal Supply Chain Management Practices within the Non-Profit Sector,  at the Production, Operations, Management Conference  in Orlando, Florida Friday, May 6, 2016. The Conference theme is Innovative Operations in an Information and Analytics Driven Economy.
Dr. Halia Valladares together with Kelly Moorhead (LSCM aboriginal student) will be presenting a paper titled “Opportunities and Challenges for International Business: The Northern Shipping Passages”, at the Canadian Transportation Research Forum in Toronto, Ontario  May 3, 2016. The Conference Theme is “North American Transport Challenges in an Era of Change”

Dr. Frank Cotae mentors Bissett students, Cally Arsenault and Robin Kampel to a successful International Business Project

Congratulations to Bissett School of Business students Cally Arsenault and Robin E. Kampel  on their successful submission of their International Business Plan Project to FITT (Forum of International Trade Training) for assessment. The students obtained 91% upon grading by a national evaluator appointed by FITT. The grade is equivalent to a pass with distinction! The project was developed under the guidance of Dr. Cotae as part of the International Business 4408 course and we wish to extend congratulations to him as well.

Bissett School of Business congratulates BBA student Cassie Doucette, recipient of this year’s Export Development Canada Scholarship

Cassie Doucette, BBA-Supply Chain and International Business student is one of this year’s EDC (Export Development Canada) scholarship recipients.  Cassie was selected from hundreds of applicants in Canada. EDC’s International Business scholarship is the most prestigious scholarship an International Business student can receive.

This is the second time that an MRU-Bissett student has received this award. This award is a testament to both the students’ hard work and the caliber of The Bissett School’s International Business program. To see the recipients and to find out more about this prestigious scholarship, please follow the link.

http://www.edc.ca/EN/About-Us/News-Room/News-Releases/Pages/IBS-winners-2015.aspx

iPic Competition held on March 26

On March 26, the HKCBA (Hong Kong Canadian Business Association) held their Ipic Competition. The purpose of the HKCBA Calgary Investment Pitch Competition (i-Pic) is to provide students enrolled in post-secondary institutions within Calgary a unique opportunity to showcase their entrepreneurial, business, analytical and presentation skills to a group of seasoned judges.
Students are encouraged to present a business concept that will promote the advantages of using Hong Kong as a strategic platform to do business with or to act as a gateway to Mainland China or other places in Asia.

The format for this event is modeled after the popular television series, “Dragon’s Den.”  During the presentations, seasoned judges will ask student groups questions to assess their potential for creating value as a business venture.

This year, our Bissett students were the grand winners. Rudi Schiebel BBA-INBU won first prize $4000 and audience favorite (A dinner with the HKCBA Calgary Chapter Executives). Additionally Brad Willamson BBA-MKT (INBU and ENTR minors) won the chance to attend the VA Angels Bootcamp and $1200.

Rudi  and Brad also attended the HK Forum in December as part of the Calgary delegation together with Halia Valladares, further inspiring the students to do business with HK and China and to learn more about International Business in general.

BBA Student to Present Paper at ASAC Conference

Miranda Mountain, fourth year BBA student majoring in Human Resources with minors in international business and business society,  gave her presentation, “Addressing uncertainties in hydraulic fracturing: a review of hydraulic fracturing management literature” at the February 25 Institute for Environmental Sustainability (IES) Seminar.  Miranda has been a research assistant to Dr. Connie Van der Byl since June, 2014 on the Canadian Water Network funded study, “Hydraulic Fracturing and Water Knowledge Integration: Landscape Impacts”.  This research project is led by Dr. Michael Quinn, Director of IES, and includes academics from across Canada.

Miranda was also accepted to give this presentation at MRU’s Student Research Day 2015 on April 1st and has been accepted to present her work at the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada (ASAC) conference in Halifax in June, 2015.  Her acceptance to ASAC was based on a full paper submission.  Congratulations Miranda!