Fox deepens connection with
Ghana at 2nd IB Certificate Program
For the second year in a row, the Fox School welcomed Executive MBA
students and professionals from the University of Ghana’s Business School for
an International Business (IB) Certificate Program.
Organized through Fox’s Institute of Global Management Studies (IGMS) and Temple
Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER), the IB
Certificate Program took place Feb. 8 and 9. The program included collaboration
with Temple’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and
academic lectures by professors from Fox and Temple’s School of Tourism and
Hospitality Management, as well as presentations by representatives of the
University of Pennsylvania, PECO Energy, the City of Philadelphia and the
U.S.-Kenya Chamber of Commerce.
After a welcome and introduction by Temple CIBER
Executive Director and IB Professor Dr. Arvind V. Phatak, Day 1 began with a
presentation on Understanding Cultural
Differences by Anastasia Shown, the assistant director of Penn’s African
Studies Center, and Busola Awoniyi, a senior analyst for Energy Acquisition at
Shown and Awoniyi’s lecture was followed by
Temple SBDC Senior International Specialist Holly Meng’s talk on Doing Business in the U.S. Stanley L.
Straughter, chairman of the Philadelphia Mayor’s Commission on African and
Caribbean Immigrant Affairs, rounded out the morning with his presentation on U.S./Ghana Trade Relations.
On Day 2, Christine Martey-Ocholo, the president
and co-founder of the U.S.-Kenya Chamber of Commerce, presented on How to Secure and Structure Foreign Direct
Investment. Martey-Ocholo also serves on Temple CIBER’s Advisory Board.
Over the two-day span, academic lectures were
provided on the following topics: Strategies for Emerging Market Companies
Competing in the Global Marketplace,
Dr. Arvind Phatak; Marketing Tourism, Dr. Dan Fesenmaier, professor of tourism and hospitality
management; Global Financial Crisis,
Dr. Bruce Rader, assistant professor of finance; International Joint
Ventures: Strategic Motives, Concerns & Negotiations, Dr. Roger
Kashlak, professor of IB and management; and The Challenges of Globalization,
Dr. Stanley Ridgley, assistant professor of IB and strategic management.
The program was originally initiated through Paul
Asabere, a native of Ghana and a Fox finance professor. Temple CIBER
continues to deepen its relationship with Ghana through the Destination
Ghana Short-term Study Abroad program for undergraduates and is
currently investigating a collaborative Trade Mission to Ghana with Mr.
Straughter and the City of Philadelphia.
– Chelsea Calhoun