Ahlers Fellow Matt Oney: The Dangers of Growing Too Big, Too Fast

“Navera, a start-up in San Francisco, recently tasked me with determining the viability of expanding their product internationally. The team wanted to find out whether potential revenues would outweigh the costs of adapting their product to fit a few select Continue reading

The Ahlers Center for International Business Fellows of 2015

Many students completed an extensive application and interview process last fall, and ultimately two were selected as Fellows because of their past accomplishments as well as for their perceived ability to succeed in the field of international business. This program will Continue reading

Developing a Focused Global Sales Strategy #2

In today’s global marketplace, companies are looking to sell internationally in order to compensate for slumping domestic sales or otherwise to grow revenues. In all cases, a focused strategy must be developed and implemented in order for individuals and companies to realize a sufficient payoff from such a large investment of time and resources by the company and its sales force. Continue reading

Leading Across Cultures for Business Interactions and Teams

In the current global business environment, leaders at all levels of the organization interact with peers, clients, subordinates and suppliers from a wide variety of countries. Some of these interactions take place domestically while others are clearly cross-border. In either case, understanding the cultural values that underlie behavior is critical to leadership success. This seminar is designed to develop a level of cross-cultural awareness that will enhance global leadership skills. Continue reading

Brand Management in the Global Context #2

Through this 9 hour seminar, students will develop a clear and articulate brand strategy that includes brand architecture, brand story and brand positioning. A strategically sound brand management strategy is critical to any company’s future success, whether it is B-to-C or B-to-B. A well-managed brand(s) will ensure your company is positioned to be globally competitive with sustainable and profitable growth. Continue reading

Strangers in a Strange Land: Finding Love Abroad

In the fall of 2009, two young strangers, an Italian man named Nicolo and a Spanish woman named Anna, decided to embark on study abroad programs to the United States from their respective universities of Bocconi in Italy and EADA Continue reading

Sustainable Business Model Design

This 6 hour seminar centers on the contributions that commerce, business and economic development can make toward building sustainable peace and prosperity. It explores issues such as globalization, corruption, corporate social responsibility, business strategy, extreme affordability business model design and sustainability as they enable or hinder the creation of wealth and social transformation, particularly for the 4 billion people living in poverty and duress. Continue reading

Action Learning Through Consulting Abroad

Each year MBA students have the opportunity to travel abroad to gain international consulting experience. The purpose of the consulting project is to further develop students’ leadership and team skills and to enhance their cultural awareness in an international setting. Continue reading

Global Entrepreneurship and Social Change Course

MBA students traveled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil In January 2013 and 2014 for the course, Global Entrepreneurship for Social Change. The course is offered in Buenos Aires, Argentina in January 2015. The purpose of this course is to learn Continue reading

Bringing the Best Faculty Members from Around the World to Enhance USD Students’ Global Awareness

  The Ahlers Center welcomes numerous international short-term scholars and faculty members every year to teach at USD and enhance the global reputation of the School of Business, as well as strengthen the international exposure of our students. Such visitors Continue reading