International Business: Management
You’d like to manage others because you’re good with people and have a knack for getting a lot of things done on time. You’re also interested in studying international business. The demand for international business graduates is greater than ever and expected to increase. Managing people, programs, and products in any company – local, national, or global – is going to be affected by decisions, trends, and events overseas.
Bryant’s International Business program is ranked No. 3 by College Factual/USA Today. Our International Business curriculum is globally focused from your first semester on campus. Our program is also one of the few in the country offering concentrations in business functions including accounting, computer information systems, entrepreneurship, finance, global supply chain management, management, and marketing. Expert faculty collaborate to help you develop a global perspective and a fundamental cultural knowledge of the world. You’ll understand the relevance of complex international issues faced by managers of multinational companies and the role of technology in business, especially as it relates to globalization.
Real projects, real companies, real experience
Before you graduate, you’ll have a strong theoretical foundation in international business. You will also have the unique experience of applying theories to a real-world situation through a senior year practicum. This intense project might pair you and a team of students with a local business owner who wants to sell products in the United Arab Emirates, and a faculty member whose former career was overseeing the growth of a Chilean multinational forest products firm.
In the end, you’ll see your hard work make a difference, and the experience is one that prospective employers will want to hear about.
Bryant’s international Business program will provide you with an in-depth understanding of one functional area of concentration of your choosing. You’ll also become proficient in a second language and study abroad, where you can practice your language skills, deepen your global perspective, and immerse yourself in a different culture. When you graduate, you’ll be ready to hit the ground running – in whatever country you decide to call home.
Future careers, post-grad opportunities
A Bachelor of Science in International Business opens doors to a wide variety of professional careers, including: international securities analysis, economic development banking, monetary policy and research, trade insurance, overseas communication, international trade and development, export/import banking, international finance, technology transfer, and more. Our graduates are also accepted into prestigious graduate programs and law schools worldwide.
International Business faculty
Bryant’s International Business faculty members hail from diverse cultures and have attained the highest credentials in their fields of study from top universities in the United States. Many have rich work experience with well-known multinational companies. They include a former investment manager for the state economic and trade committee in China, a professor whose research won Best International Paper from the Organizational Behavior division of the Academy of Management, and a management professor who has taught in MBA and executive MBA programs in 14 countries. The faculty brings this global mindset into the classroom, adding a vital dimension to student learning and success.
A GLOBAL LEADER
Kristian P. Moor ’81
Moor graduated from Bryant 23 years before the University began offering a bachelor’s degree in International Business.
Working abroad built upon much of what Moor learned at Bryant, and later at Pace University, where he earned an MBA.
In 2010, Moor, president and CEO of Chartis, was asked to address the American Chamber of Commerce’s Global Leader Series in Singapore. “Fundamentally, business around the world is the same,” says Moor, now a member of Bryant’s Board of Trustees.
SERIOUS BUSINESS SIMULATION
Crystal Jiang, Ph.D.
Professor of Management
Before going into teaching and research, Jiang was an investment manager for a government committee in China, helping foreign businesses set up manufacturing plants and services. She then joined Mellon Financial Corporation in Boston as a market analyst. Today, she brings that business world experience into the classroom. With Bryant faculty colleagues, she leads teams of students in a simulation game against nearly 300 other colleges and universities in which they run a multinational company. Says Jiang, “There is a bond that develops between International Business students who declare their major in their first year and faculty, because of the small class sizes and the amount of time spent in the program.”
Lori Coakley, Ph.D.
Associate professor of management
Lori Coakley, Ph.D., has received awards for teaching excellence at both the undergraduate and graduate level, mentorship of students and faculty, and service and leadership on campus. She teaches classes in organizational behavior, leadership, and international management, and is on the faculty of the Hassenfeld Institute for Public Leadership at Bryant. Her ongoing consultant work centers on organizational behavior and strategic management issues, and she brings this practical experience to the classroom. “My consulting helps me engage my students at a different level, because I can challenge them with the same questions I’m being challenged with,” she says. “When faculty members use practical approaches, students understand that it’s not just theory in a textbook, but that they’re actually going to apply it when they leave Bryant.”