Syllabus for International Business Course – STRT-261-01

For those who are interested, I am teaching a course on International Business at the McDonough School of Business this Spring. The final syllabus for the course is as follows –

 

Updated_ Syllabus IB SPRING 2016

 

Lunch with Dr. Theo Weigel

On the first of October, Professor Michael Czinkota hosted a private lunch with Dr. Theo Weigel at the McDonough School of Business, in collaboration with the Washington D.C. office of the Hanns-Seidel Foundation. Dr. Weigel served as the German Minister of Finance from 1989 to 1998, in the Cabinet of Chancellor Helmut Kohl. He was instrumental in the creation of the European monetary union, and the common currency. He was accompanied by a team of delegates that included his wife, Irene Epple-Weigel, the former alpine skier and Olympic medalist, and their son, Konstantin, a law student in Munich. Also part of the delegation was Richard Teltschik, the Director of the Hanns-Seidel Foundation in Washington. Georgetown University was represented also by Professors Thomas Cooke, Ricardo Ernst, Charles Skuba, David Walker, and Lee Pinkowitz. Also in attendance were three students – one from the McDonough School of Business, and two Masters candidates from the Walsh School of Foreign Service. Additional visitors came from the Hanns-Seidel Foundation and the German Embassy.

The lunch was inaugurated by Professor Czinkota, who gave a welcome address that included an introduction of Dr. Weigel’s many accomplishments. Following this, Dr. Weigel addressed the attendees of the lunch. He discussed his experiences with the creation and establishment of the Euro, relating both facts and anecdotes. One such story was of how the common currency came to be known as the “Euro,” rather than the other alternatives under consideration at the time, such as the Frank, Mark or ECU. He vehemently denied the common perception that the Euro was Germany’s reward of others for support of reunification, asserting that the two momentous events were planned and executed separately. Dr. Weigel talked about the fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of West and East Germany, at what was the eve of the 25th anniversary of the reunification. Yet it was not only German history that was discussed at the lunch, but also contemporary German politics and European current affairs. The issue of the refugee crisis in Europe was explored by Dr. Weigel as well as the other participants. Dr. Weigel believes that Germany can absorb the current volume of incoming refugees, approximately 800,000, for one year (possibly two). This will help the German economy, which is currently facing a demographic shortage of working-age and job-seeking citizens. Any absorption of refugees beyond this number, however, would end up harming the German economy.

For more than an hour, issues such as U.S.-Germany relations, collaborations and perceptions by the youth of the two countries, and Germany’s leadership role in the world were addressed in the question and answer session following Dr. Weigel’s speech.

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A Philippine perspective of YOLO

Ireene Leoncio studied at Georgetown University and for two years served as my research and teaching assistant. Ireene worked in the advertising and media industry in New York City but is now back home in the Philippines. She is currently a Professor at De La Salle University Manila.

In this TEDx talk, Ireene explains her version of YOLO and FOMO. She goes on to talk about how her experience as a fish feeder and teaching assistant in this University inspired her to go back home and feed young minds.

Watch it here:

 

Embassy of the Principality of Liechtenstein hosts professor Michael Czinkota and Georgetown University Students

by Anna Astvatsatryan

November 14, Washington DC – Ambassador Claudia Fritsche hosted a lunch for professor Michael Czinkota, professor Matthew Cypher and Georgetown University students at the Embassy of the Principality of Liechtenstein.

“The embassy of Liechtenstein is one of the dearest friends of Georgetown University, said Michael Czinkota, of the McDonough School of Business. “Each year, Georgetown University acquires a full-page in the Wall Street Journal, where it lists partner organizations that have been most involved with the school. In 2013, I was happy to see the Embassy of Liechtenstein ranked at the top.”

GROUP1During the lunch, Madam Ambassador solicited insights from the students, and addressed current international economic issues. She also presented the position of the Principality of Liechtenstein regarding politico-economic changes in the international environment.

Ambassador Fritsche also answered questions from Georgetown students, discussing the position of Liechtenstein in regard of the ongoing international trade negotiations. Madam Ambassador also shared the successes that the Embassy of Liechtenstein has achieved during the twelve years of its operations in the US.

Ambassador Claudia Fritsche assumed her duties as the first resident Ambassador of Liechtenstein in Washington at the beginning of October 2002. Earlier this year, Thomas Zwiefelhofer, Deputy Prime Minister of the Principality of Liechtenstein, paid a visit to the McDonough School of Business of Georgetown University.