Hello Friends of EMI,
My assistant, Nichole, came to me and said, "We need a title for this entry". I thought she said, "We need a title of the century." After giving it some thought, I really could not come up with anything better than "Title of the Century", and thus my most recent blog was named.
As I write this, I am working with students from Johnson and ESCP, a pan European business school, on wrapping up their global consulting projects. The Johnson and ESCP students had been working on teams to tackle diverse project such as helping a medical device company to enter the Brazilian marketplace, sorting out call center and customer service issues for a major software company, assisting a French bank to enter Africa, and expanding the Latin American market for a major chip manufacturer. The ESCP students visited us for 10 days to finalize. The projects have proved to be challenging, but also rewarding. We are enjoying the exchange of cultures and business school formats while bringing the consulting projects to a close.
Next semester, I will be teaching the same international management practicum, but with the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore as our partner institution. As with ESCP, we will form consulting teams with both Johnson and Bangalore students, and tackle problems or explore opportunities for client firms in India and Southeast Asia. Bangalore students will visit us in September, while the Johnson students will visit Bangalore in December and make final presentations to clients. Should anyone have ideas for projects, please contact me.
Our students have seen a strong demand in summer internships, with offers ranging from private equity to strategic planning to consulting. Their participation in the Emerging Markets Institute is generating interest from employers, and we have begun work with the Career Management Center to identify more international opportunities.
By the way, if you have not looked at our website lately, let me encourage you to do so – we have made lots of changes with several more in the pipeline. We are now receiving a daily feed of emerging market stories from the Financial Times, have identified relevant websites for emerging market research, have loaded the biographies and resumes of our fellow candidates, and have included the extensive global connections with Cornell University. You will also read about some of our recent events, such as Eduardo Padilla Silva, CEO of Oxxo on April 23, Dedrick Yokley, Manager of Global Risk Management of Mattel also on April 23, Jeff Peterson, VP of Strategic Development from Monsanto on April 24, and Armando Garza Sada, Chairman of Alpha on April 30.
We were pleased to announce this past month the addition of BISSELL Homecare, Inc. to our corporate partners program. We continue to look for corporate partners to help us guide and shape the institute. Should you know of any companies which might be interested, please let us know! Best wishes.