Penn Lauder CIBER will organize an interdisciplinary Faculty Development in International Business (FDIB) Conference. This conference will address the pressing need for more highly qualified international business faculty with expertise in the cross-cultural, institutional, and political aspects of management. Participants will be selected from a national pool of junior faculty with PhD candidates from both business and non-business fields, including such disciplines as economics, political science, sociology, and psychology. The multi-day program will include presentations by leading business faculty with interdisciplinary training, a career workshop, and presentations by some of the participants. The sessions will cover the theoretical, methodological, and empirical tools available to faculty to do research and teach topics related to international business, with an emphasis on cutting-edge applications in the areas of foreign-market entry, organization of the multinational enterprise, cross-border knowledge transfer, multinational human resource management, and the overall competitive strategy of firms that operate in multiple markets.These content areas are fundamental to the competitiveness of U.S. businesses, especially small ones, as they seek to identify and pursue foreign opportunities for growth.
Penn Lauder CIBER is funding a position for annual one-year appointments of Postdoctoral Researchers. Each year the regional focus will change and possibilities include all world regions. Among other responsibilities, postdoctoral researchers develop and teach one-semester, graduate-level courses on the political economy or other business-relevant topic of their respective regions and participate in planning relevant projects or activities organized by Penn Lauder CIBER.
In academic year 2010-2011, the focus is on Latin America; and two new courses will be offered: “The Political Economy of Latin America” and “Business and Politics in Latin America.” Other world regions to be addressed in future years include Africa, East Asia, South Asia, and the Middle East.
This week-long workshop is Penn Lauder CIBER’s signature program, developed and refined over the past 8 years. The workshop teaches language educators to design curricula for teaching language for business communication, integrating business fundamentals and second-language pedagogy. The institute is co-taught by experts in language pedagogy and business administration through a case-study, project-oriented approach, with opportunities for materials development and instructional practice. Business topics include measuring risk, writing a marketing/business plan, building a team, reading a profit-and-loss statement, and negotiating a contract. Pedagogical topics include language for specific purposes and task-based instruction; language skills and functions and objectives appropriate for business, intercultural communication, and sociolinguistics; and curriculum design.
In a new feature for this grant cycle, in-depth, hands-on curriculum design and break-out sessions for specific languages and target populations―such as K-12 teachers, college and university instructors, and doctoral candidates―are being planned.
Educators from Pennsylvania are eligible to receive continuing-education credit under Act 48; continuing-education credit for K-12 teachers from other states is often possible to arrange.
Penn Lauder CIBER is partnering with language teaching experts from the University of Pennsylvania and the Graduate School of Education to design and deliver pedagogy workshops for language faculty at Penn and area higher education institutions, with a focus on innovative and sound course design and materials development for business language courses.
The content of the workshops may include such topics as adapting meaningful course materials in the business language course to proficiency guidelines; teaching for Advanced- to Superior-level speaking functions in a business language course; using teaching materials, such as case studies and simulations, for professional-level language proficiency; business content and language learning goals; and adapting materials in teaching LCTLs for business language courses.
Professional Development Internships
Penn Lauder CIBER offers week-long internships on a competitive basis to highly qualified candidates who regularly teach language for business purposes. This experience provides first-hand exposure to business practices for the purpose of enhancing teaching practices and materials. The internships take place at the Lauder Institute’s multiple summer immersion sites. Locations presently include Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Spain, and Tunisia, but are subject to change each summer.
Interested participants will be asked to submit an application to join a summer immersion program to observe classes, attend corporate visits, interview partners, and observe business operations. Two instructors will be selected to participate in this program each year. Each participant will be expected to conduct a workshop at his/her home institution.
In conjunction with Penn’s Graduate School of Education, Penn Lauder CIBER coordinates twice-yearly half-day Saturday conferences designed to assist area K-12 teachers in building business and economic content into high school curricula through materials development, use of technology, and multimedia projects. The conferences are targeted primarily to K-12 teachers in the Greater Philadelphia region, including New Jersey and Delaware. Continuing-education credit is available through state departments of education.