Haskell Business Profs Study Trade in Turkey

Nov 15th, 2010 | By | Category: 22-2: Crossing Borders, Winter 2010, Tribal College News

Two faculty members from the School of Business at Haskell Indian Nations University (Lawrence, KS), Ken Metzger, Ph.D., and Mary Stuckey Cofran, J.D., traveled to Turkey to participate in a faculty development trip sponsored by the University of Kansas’s Center for International Business Education and Research’s Faculty Development in International Business (KU CIBER: FDIB-Turkey).

Sixteen faculty members from 11 colleges and universities across the United States spent 11 days visiting businesses in Turkey, specifically those participating in international trade. Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey, hosted the FDIB-Turkey in Ankara and provided business contacts in Kayseri and Istanbul. According to the consulate at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, “Turkey is one of the most important emerging developing countries that you never hear about in the United States.”

A common theme among many of the businesses, reflective of Turkish culture, was that employers provide health care, lunch, and transportation. Other topics covered included Turkey’s efforts to join the European Union, frustration with Western trade obstacles, focus on Middle East trade, and the effectiveness of government programs designed to promote Turkish economic development and entrepreneurship. All participants returned home with an enhanced knowledge of the importance of cultural awareness in developing and supporting international business in the classroom and in the marketplace.

“I will use the Turkey experience to emphasize the relationship between government policies and regulations and business and business development in the Legal Environment of Business classes,” says participant Mary Cofran. “I will also use information on factors that facilitate and hinder trade between nations in my Indian Law and Tribal Federal Government Relations classes.”

In his accounting classes, Ken Metzger plans to emphasize the importance of governmental control over banking procedures that can impact businesses and how foreign exchange rates can impact the value of the money invested.

The Centers for International Business Education and Research (CIBERs) were created under the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988 to increase and promote the nation’s capacity for international understanding and economic enterprise.

For more information, see www.business.ku.edu/InternationalOpportunities-CIBER and http://ciberweb.msu.edu.

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