University of Southern California

Research

Field Studies on Management Control Systems

Research and Case Studies on Chinese Firms

Field studies of four important Chinese firms that are changing their business strategies and management control practices to align with the new economic environment. Since China and Taiwan joined the WTO at the end of 2001, Chinese firms have begun to develop modern management and accounting control techniques to improve enterprise performance. The purpose of this research project is to describe and critique business strategies and management control systems of the following Chinese companies: China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), Sinochem Corporation, Lee Kum Kee Food, and Formosa Plastics Group. Led by Tom Lin, Professor of Accounting, the project will produce new academic papers and teaching cases. CIBER funds will used for faculty travel to conduct in-country research.

Global Health Care Delivery and Human Capital Development

Marshall Faculty Research

Faculty teams from Marshall and other top American universities will teach a set of healthcare delivery courses in Cameroon, with possible expansion to Zambia and Cambodia. These courses will be developed on the basis of field research in cooperation with faculty at the University of Buea (a leading university in Cameroon) and senior staff from the Cameroon's Ministry of Health. The goal is to develop a cadre of experts in Healthcare Operations and Supply Chain Management (HOSC), as related to Global Health Care Delivery (GHCD). This will be accomplished by working with faculty in local universities to develop and teach a set of courses that are relevant to healthcare conditions in a low-income country. About 20 professors from different American universities have volunteered to teach these classes (without stipends), at the University of Buea. The U.S. faculty will learn about healthcare delivery problems, write teaching cases, and bring their experience to the classrooms in the U.S. Over a four year period, the project is expected to train 450 to 500 Healthcare Operations and Supply Chain (HOSC) professionals who will manage the GHCD systems in Cameroon. CIBER funds will be used to partially fund USC faculty travel and the development of research and teaching materials.

Role of Information, Communications Technology & Energy Sustainability

Multidisciplinary MBA Course

This multi-disciplinary MBA course will focus on the emerging "transformation" of the "smart" energy/environment industry through the marriage of information and communication technologies for the emerging renewable energy industry. Much of the development of this "transformation" is occurring in high growth economies of the Middle East – most notably the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This course will include a Spring Break experiential learning trip to Abu Dhabi & Dubai to see projects focusing on smart-energy and smart-telecommunication infrastructure. The course will include cases and team consulting projects with firms located in UAE. CIBER funds will be used to finance an annual pre-trip faculty planning trip to meet with corporate sponsors in UAE.

International Business Case Development Program

This project which will enable Marshall faculty to write international case studies on companies that they work with during the field-study trips of the PRIME and PM.Globe programs. These field-study visits are focused on solving real problems which company executives have selected for the students and faculty to work on. The development of these cases is feasible for the Marshall faculty who have developed strong personal relationships with the senior management of PRIME and PM.Globe sponsor companies. These new cases will provide a valuable new set of international business teaching materials for business school faculty across the US. CIBER funds will be used to fund faculty research and travel.

International Dissertation Awards for Doctoral Business Students

Awards will be made to the Ph.D. candidate who has included the best international component to his/her dissertation proposal. The basis of the awards will be academic rigor and potential contribution to research in international business, with special preference to research dealing with the "new" global issues of sustainability and public health. The purpose of the grant is to promote research by Marshall School doctoral candidates on international aspects of their discipline. CIBER funds will be used provide the dissertation award.


ABAC Consulting Project

Marshall MBA Research Project

Marshall School's MBA team of 12 students conducts an annual research project for the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC). ABAC is an organization comprised of three executives from each of 21 APEC economies who are appointed by their 21 presidents and prime ministers. Every November, ABAC meets with the 21 presidents and prime ministers and provides its advisory recommendations regarding trade and investment issues, sometimes including recommendation from the Marshall MBA research report. Over the last six years, Marshall MBA teams have done research for ABAC on the following issues: electronic commerce, rules of origin, port security, trade facilitation, non-tariff barriers, and labor mobility. The MBA team presents its research results to ABAC two days prior to the annual APEC summit meeting of 21 presidents and prime ministers. The ABAC consulting project consists of the following components: a semester-long research class, about 150 research interviews conducted by MBA team members in all 21 APEC economies (with over 70% of the interviews done in-person, and the balance conducted by phone interviews) and presentation of the research results to ABAC members at their November meeting.  CIBER funds will be used to finance part of the international research travel expenses of the teams.

International Business Research Program

USC Faculty and Researcher Award

This project is an annual university-wide call for proposals to all USC faculty and researchers for funding of small-scale, international research projects over the course of the four-year grant period. This project allows the CIBER program to support new and innovative proposals, as they arise from faculty ideas over the course of the CIBER grant. A faculty selection committee, chaired by Professor Doug Joines, will select the winning proposals, based upon academic merit and added-value to the international business literature. CIBER funds will be used to provide research awards to faculty.


Development of Integrated Public Health Systems in Pacific Rim Cities

Travel Awards for Faculty and Doctoral Students

This project that will provide opportunities for USC faculty and doctoral students to participate in APRU World Institute research programs and workshops regarding public health threats in 12 Pacific Rim cities. CIBER is able to implement this project because CIBER Director Drobnick is also the Managing Director of the APRU World Institute. CIBER funds will be used for travel expenses for faculty or graduate students to participate in AWI research programs and workshops.


Climate Change and Integrated Water Systems in Pacific Rim Cities

Travel Awards for Faculty and Doctoral Students

Doug Joines will lead this project that will provide opportunities for USC faculty and doctoral students to participate in APRU World Institute research programs and workshops regarding the development of integrated water systems in the face of the challenges of climate change, population growth and economic development-- in 8 Pacific Rim cities. CIBER funds will be used for travel expenses for faculty or graduate students to participate in AWI research programs and workshops.


Pacific Economic Outlook Project

Faculty Research

Richard Drobnick leads CIBER's efforts to work with leading economists from 21 Pacific Rim economies to help produce the Pacific Economic Cooperation Conference's (PECC) annual "Pacific Economic Outlook", which provides forecasts of economic activity in the 21 PECC member economies. This project provides business and government agencies with forecasts and analyses of expected levels of economic activity around the Pacific Rim over the next two years. CIBER funds are used to finance part of the international travel requirements of the project leader to participate in the two international research projects.