University of Southern California

Global MBA Executives Graduate
IBEAR Alumni Learn Respect for other Cultures Key to Success
July 22, 2011 • by News at Marshall

On July 15, the USC Marshall International Business Education and Research (IBEAR) MBA Program graduated its 33rd class, composed of 54 members representing 14 countries.

"Everybody talks about globalization, but we have been doing it for 33 years," said Marshall School of Business Dean James G. Ellis in his welcoming remarks.

Launched in 1978, IBEAR’s accelerated 11-month program attracts an international and accomplished group of mid-career managers with global management experience and ambitions. Of the 54 IBEAR students who graduated on July 15, 12 were from Korea and 12 from the U.S., eight were from Japan, seven from Taiwan, five from China and two from Spain. Turkey, Peru, Argentina, Venezuela Singapore, Canada, India and Thailand were each represented by one student.

Distinguished Professor and founding chairman of USC’s Leadership Institute Warren Bennis told the graduates that just by virtue of completing the program together, members of the IBEAR class learned the essential business lesson of respect.

"You’ve learned how to respect other cultures through this program by being in the same classroom together, studying together and working on projects together," Bennis said. "The business leaders who are most likely to fail do not respect their people."

Class speaker Xiaohong (Michelle) Lu, a proposal analyst at ITT before joining IBEAR, said getting to know her classmates was worth the investment in attending the program. Fellow class speaker Adam Moriwaki, who was recently vice president at Eurohypo AG, a leading real estate investment bank, echoed her sentiment.

Moriwaki noted that his fellow classmates, some of whom were juggling the demands of family while attending the program, reminded him of the importance of "taking risks while seeking a balanced life."

In his closing remarks, Selo Imrohoroglu, IBEAR’s academic director and assistant dean, thanked his predecessors, including Jack Lewis, who recently retired after 27 years of managing the program.

Focused on North America Asia and Latin America, the IBEAR program offers a foundation in MBA fundamentals, taught by faculty who understand the international business environment. Participants also take globally focused electives and then apply skills they have learned to a five-month international consulting project for a U.S. or foreign corporate client.

IBEAR alumni number approximately 1,500 in 50 countries and include executives from highly respected firms such as Korean Airlines, Microsoft and Cisco Systems.

For more information on the IBEAR Program, visit IBEAR alumni number approximately 1,500 in 50 countries and include executives from highly respected firms such as Korean Airlines, Microsoft and Cisco Systems.

For more information on the IBEAR Program, visit http://www.marshall.usc.edu/ibear.


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