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If you are teaching International Business/Management later this year,
please consider enhancing learning in your course by participating in the
International Business Student Collaboration simulation.



The project is designed to give students an opportunity to gain first-hand
experience in cross-cultural collaboration. About a thousand students from
sixteen countries participated in the project in 2010-11 school year and we
have confirmed participants from twelve countries for the next semester (all
continents but Australia represented).



As usual, we have a disproportionally large number of US-based students, so
we are trying to recruit more non-US participants.



Detailed information about the project can be found at
http://www.vtaras.com/International_Cooperation_Project.html



Briefly, the idea is very simple. Instructors who teach IB/IM team up
students from different countries to complete a term project. Collaborating
on-line, students develop a business proposal (location of the business,
staffing, marketing of the product/service, and so on) for a hypothetical
IJV (working on teaming up with F500 corporations to make the project more
realistic, chances are 50-50 for having corporate partners for this
semester). Participation on the project is typically weighted as 20% of the
course grade and performance is evaluated based on the quality of the team
report and the ability of the team to meet the deadlines.



We provide all materials and administrative support, you distribute the
instructions to your students and do the things you would do when running a
regular team-based term project (answering studentsí questions, grading
reports, etc.).



Participation is completely free.



Although the project was designed as an experiential learning tool, it is
also an excellent platform for research on international team dynamics and
performance, as well as for personal, professional and inter-institutional
collaboration.



The schedule is still being finalized, but the active phase of the project
(when students are working together, exchanging ideas, writing the team
report) is likely to commence around the first week of October and the
report due date will be around the first week of December, giving our
students about eight weeks to complete the project.



If you teach International Business or International Management course at a
non-US university, your semester includes the October-November window, and
you would like to participate in the project, please contact Vas Taras (
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Sincerely,
Vas Taras





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Vas Taras, PhD

Department of Business Administration
Bryan School of Business and Economics
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
349 Bryan
POB 26165, Greensboro, NC 27402-6165
336-256-8611
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www.vtaras.com

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