Spring 2011 Study Abroad Programs Still Available!

Have you considered studying abroad next Spring on a BBA exchange program? Interested in earning business credit while taking classes at one of our 28 partner schools located around the world?

Spots are still available for Spring 2011 study abroad in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, Denmark, Germany, Hong Kong, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, and Switzerland.

To apply, students must first attend an information session before scheduling an appointment with a study abroad coordinator. Interested students may stop by the “Ask About Study Abroad” info table located in front of the Undergraduate Program Office from April 19th – 23rd from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to receive information session credit. The final deadline to apply is October 1st; however, spots are filled on a rolling basis as applications are received and approved.

Study Abroad Photo Contest – You Choose the Winner!

Don’t forget to vote!! This Friday, April 16th is the last day to vote for your favorite study abroad photo!! BBA International Programs in the Undergraduate Program Office is holding the Study Abroad Photo Contest which showcases the exciting travels, experiences, and adventures of students who studied abroad on BBA exchange programs last semester.

We encourage all registered BBA and MPA students to vote for their favorite photo by the April 16th deadline! It’s easy…just view the photos, choose your favorite one and vote!

Course Description for Konana’s Fall 2010 TC 357

T C 357 • Emerging Economies and Implications
Unique 42840 • Konana, Prabhudev
Meets Th 2-5pm, CRD 007B

Course Description:
“The likely emergence of China and India, as well as others, as new major global players—similar to the advent of a united Germany in the 19th century and a powerful United States in the early 20th century—will transform the geopolitical landscape, with impacts potentially as dramatic as those in the previous two centuries.”
— Mapping the Global Future, National Intelligence Council, 2004

There is unprecedented energy and optimism in many emerging economies like China and India. These economies seem to confirm the benefits of free trade and economic liberalization in a highly inter-connected world. The growth and optimism of these economies have created enormous wealth that are leading to global changes in prices, demand for raw materials and natural resources, financial markets, and national debate around the world. Even more striking is that these emerging giants are touting science and technology for growth. Further, they provide global companies comparatively low-cost human resources for the entire spectrum of activities – from knowledge-intensive R&D, design, and software services, to labor-intensive manufacturing activities and business/knowledge processes raising numerous questions for developed economies. Are these emerging giants a threat or an opportunity to developed economies? What are those threats and opportunities? What are the social, economic, and political challenges for various nations? How can developed countries compete in this new world order?  What are the fundamental differences in the growth strategies of various emerging economies vis-à-vis of developed nations? Thomas Friedman’s The World in Flat aptly raises attention to the emerging new economic, social, and political orders that are important for future leaders to recognize and understand.

Further, the economic transition and growth of these nations and global trade rules (e.g., World Trade Organization) that govern international trade have been endlessly debated and criticized for environmental concerns, unfair trade regulations, job losses in developed countries, intellectual property rights, inequitable growth, human rights violation, etc. How do these issues impact economic, social and foreign policies?

As firms from developed world continue to expand to these emerging economies, what strategies should they adopt and why? What are some risks and other considerations that need to be carefully evaluated? For instance, should firms address corporate social responsibility? Or, how to deal with corruption that are endemic in most countries?

This survey class explores the above issues for major emerging economies in an interactive setting and discussions.

Thomas Friedman, The World in Flat
Joseph Stiglitz, Fair Trade for All: How Trade Can Promote Development

Class participation and summary notes: 25%
Project Presentation: 25%
Final project: 50%
Final project will comprise of studying a particular issue about emerging markets and/or implications to developed economy like the U.S.

About the Professor:
Dr. Prabhudev Konana is the William H. Seay Centennial Professor in Business and Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Information Management, Risk, and Operations Management at the McCombs School of Business, the University of Texas at Austin.  He received his MBA and Ph.D. in management information systems from the University of Arizona, Tucson in 1991 and 1995, respectively. His research interests are in IT business value assessment, virtual communities and implications on market efficiency (some initial work), outsourcing and offshoring decision variables, and effects of IT in developing economy. He has published over 60 articles in major journals, magazines and conference proceedings. He is a frequent speaker on emerging economies with particular focus on China and India.

Student Internship Presentations (SIP)

Wednesday, April 21 (Finance/Accounting internships)
6-7 pm, CBA 4.338

Thursday, April 22 (Marketing/MIS internships)
5-6 pm, CBA 4.340

Add SIP to your Facebook events by finding the event on the Undergraduate Facebook Group (www.facebook.com/pages/Undergraduate-Business-Council/94619213931?ref=ts)

Want to know how students manage to snag those amazing internships?!

Come SIP on delicious drinks while listening to students speak about their internship experiences in Finance, Marketing, Accounting and MIS. Companies the student speakers have interned at and will be speaking about include JP Morgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, Accenture, Washington Mutual and more! Afterwards, you may ask the speakers any questions you have.

Students will discuss: how they received their internship, how to interview successfully, the projects/tasks/responsibilities they had, the advantages/disadvantages of their internship and more.

This insightful and specific advice will help you find a winning internship that best aligns with your personality and goals.

Contact Surveen Singh at surveen.singh@bba08.mccombs.utexas.edu with any questions!

COM Summer Program in Austria accepting applications until April 26

If you’re still in search of a challenging and interesting opportunity for this summer, how about joining 49
other students and a dozen faculty from around the world in Salzburg Austria for the Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change? The program encourages cross-cultural thinking about the roles media play in global affairs and public policy; helps students evaluate distinctive international media and policy models and contributes to the development of standards regarding media coverage of global issues.

The application deadline is Monday, April 26.
UT financial aid and scholarships are now available for this program!
•  Courses taught in English
Earn 6 hours of credit (J and RTF credit)
•  Open to undergraduate and graduate students of any major
•  Three-week online component and three-weeks on site in Austria
•  Classes held in the Schlossleopoldskron, an 18th century Rococo palace (better known as the von Trapp family home in “The Sound of Music”)

Information Session
Tuesday, April 13
3:30 p.m.
CMA 4.128

To learn more about the program, courses, dates, and scholarships visit: