Leading in a Global Market : Eller MBAs Visit Emerging Markets All Over the Globe
By Liz Warren-Pederson
Eller MBAs across programs — Full-Time, Evening, and Executive — all had the opportunity to travel abroad in January. Eller faculty and staff led trips to South Africa, Asia, and South America not just to broaden horizons through the experience of other cultures, but also to gain insight into the challenges of conducting business in emerging marketplaces.
“The beauty of international travel is that it opens eyes and minds to better understand that, despite politics and culture, we’re more similar than we think,” says Gabby Cervantes, MBA ’10. “By learning first-hand about the everyday life of those who inhabit a country, we can make better decisions as future business leaders and as citizens of the world.”
“Like the U.S., China is undergoing economic reform,” says Cervantes, who traveled to the country with her Evening MBA cohort. “Yet, China’s transformation is taking place at lightning speed. One only needs to look out the hotel window to see 24/7 construction of a new mega building. The uber-modern buildings of the new China, particularly those of Shanghai, decorate the landscape like pieces of art.”