To provide a glimpse of Indian business education practices to her students and colleagues, Dr. Elisabeth Teal, associate professor of management in the Mike Cottrell College of Business at the University of North Georgia (UNG), traveled to New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore, India, to exchange ideas and build relationships with business faculty in the region.
The trip was supported by one of 25 Presidential Professional Engagement Awards, which fund UNG faculty members' efforts to broaden and deepen their knowledge in their respective fields, and by the Mike Cottrell College of Business. Teal's objective was to bring her experiences and knowledge back to UNG business classrooms to enrich students' international business understanding.
"International opportunities for both faculty and students are critically important to understanding today's business world," said Dr. Donna Mayo, dean of the Mike Cottrell College of Business. "Dr. Teal's experience in India allows her to bring these experiences back to the classroom and share with students more than just what we read in the news or in a textbook regarding business activities in India."
Teal and faculty members from universities around the nation traveled with Florida International University's Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER), which also provided a scholarship to support the study program. CIBER works to promote international understanding and is used as a conduit to build relationships between professors, businesses, and international businesses and universities.
Teal and her associates met with faculty at the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade in New Delhi, and the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore. She also visited major companies in the technology sector in Bangalore such as Wipro Limited, Mphasis Limited, and IBM Research-India. In Mumbai, her group met with top-level executives at Tata Industries Limited, Siemens (India) Limited, FedEx India, and GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Ltd.
"As business professors, it is important that we also are aware of how business is done internationally," said Dr. Elisabeth Teal, associate professor of management and entrepreneurship. "As a result of my experience in the CIBER/PDIB India program, I can now speak with much greater knowledge and awareness of the business and unique cultural environment in India with students, colleagues and our community."
The trip, titled India, Inc., was part of the Professional Development in International Business initiative of CIBER. Teal will schedule a presentation to the UNG community about her experiences in the program.