Carine Netto: I think it’s a responsibility that we all have as citizens of the world is to try and make the place that we live a better place. And if you can use business to help do that, I think that’s an extraordinary thing to do.
Shruti Panchal: You’re definitely challenged when you’re dealing with all the things in different cultures.
Brenda Younger: Before I went to China, I really didn’t even pay a lot of attention to what was going on outside the United States.
Tom Verdery: People now are talking to other countries - in almost 24/7
Carine Netto: A lot of things that happen in other countries do impact us here in the United States and it’s important to keep that perspective top of mind.
Tom Verdery: The Graduate program at John Brown requires all of the students that are getting an M.B.A in International Business to do an international trip.
Dr. Joe Walenciak: So we believe that it’s very valuable to take people to the place where they can interact directly with people and get their perspective.
Roger Giralddo: They bring another perspective because of where they’re from.
Shruti Panchal: If I go to Guatemala, and except Guatemala – have a perspective that Guatemalans have- I probably will understand the culture better.
Roger Giralddo: I think the national business played a big roll on why I chose the M.B.A here at John Brown.
Carine Netto: The market is really saturated in the United States. Another market might need your product. If you’re so narrowly focused on the United States, you could be missing a huge opportunity.
Tom Verdery: It’s not just about business – it’s about how we do business the right way even in countries like China where a lot of people think that can’t happen.
Carine Netto: The China trip – yeah – it was very eye opening for me in a lot of different ways. We did a good mix of cultural events with business events, which I think was really important because to understand how to do business in China, you have to understand the culture.
Xue Lee: So it’s just really unique to be able to have that global perspective.
Brenda Younger: It opened my heart and my mind in a way that I never thought it would.