International Stories

Published 01/03/17

Industry experts evaluate seniors' International Business development projects

Throughout the fall semester, senior International Business students have the unique experience of applying theories to a real-world situation through the Carolyn Rafaelian International Business Practicum. At the end of the semester, the students present their findings to a panel of judges who are at the top of their industries.

"You really get to see how in-depth the students go."

The fall semester judges included Frank Hauck '81, president of customers and markets at DellEMC, and Kristian Moor ’81, the retired chairman and CEO of Chartis Insurance Co. Both Hauck and Moor were extremely impressed by the solutions the students proposed for solving real challenges of companies such as jewelry manufacturer Alex and Ani and Hope Global, a textile manufacturer.

“I am just so amazed by the students here,” said Moor, who has served as a Bryant Trustee. “I was honored to do this because you really get to see how in-depth the students go in their presentations.”

“These are really talented students,” said Hauck. “They are so poised and knowledgeable. We asked some pretty tough questions and I didn’t see one student get flustered.”

Each small group of students was teamed with a company and gained hands-on experience working in real time on actual international business development projects. To come up with the best solution, students applied knowledge and skills developed over their four years’ experience at Bryant, including foreign language team building, problem solving and effective communication.

Projects included:

  • developing a standard operating procedures manual for Alex and Ani international business relationships;
  • a market analysis for Hanna Instruments in China;
  • analyzing the impact of ethical sourcing of products for jewelry manufacturer Richline Group, a Berkshire Hathaway Company.

“The students’ jobs were hard because these are not public companies" for which students could find online everything they needed to know, noted Moor. “They had to really dig into these companies, do a lot of research and really start from scratch.”