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Morris Shapero
Assistant Professor of International Business

Eckerd College
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International Business

International Business

Political Connections

Over the next decade, the "Political Imperative" may be the most important approach used by multinational organizations to formulating and implementing global strategies. This tool is vital to companies as they seek to enter new marketplaces and as they outsource and off-shore to gain competitive advantage. The Political Imperative includes all approaches designed to be more host government-responsive and requires strong relationships with foreign political interests. As more and more international markets open up, firms are finding that they must work closely with governments to ensure that they are given the opportunity to introduce their products and services, expand operations, limit their political risks, make a profit and enjoy capital repatriation.

International Business often requires global managers to build strong relationships with foreign governments and agencies including those with political systems different than our own in the U.S. Therefore we invite our students to engage in dialogue during their IB program at Eckerd with political leaders and citizens from around the globe.

One such program that brings dialogue and learning opportunities to our campus centers on the programs of the International Council of the Tampa Bay Region (ICTBR). This group is the US Department of State official "council for international visitors" designated to program global emerging leaders under the Department's "International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) in the Tampa Bay region. For nearly 70 years, the IVLP has been recognized as the "crown jewel" of U.S. public diplomacy. Its 92 nationwide councils, including ICTBR were nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001 and match hundreds of international visitors with their counterparts in Tampa Bay.

International Business faculty has recently hosted delegations from Bahrain, Israel and the Philippines. The department continues to build global relationships that provide our students with global perspectives of international business today.

Delegation from Bahrain
Delegation from Bahrain

In 2011, we took part in the US Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) "Gold Star Alumni" seminar in St. Petersburg hosted by ICTBR and the National Council for International Visitors & World Learning (NCIV). This event was created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the partnership between the IVLP and the NCIV. 18 IVLP alumni were selected from around the world based on significant achievements in their countries as a direct result of their IVLP experiences. The evening brought an academic exchange of ideas on business, social and political ideas ranging from grassroots democracy and how Alice Nkom, President of Cameroon Association for the Defense of Citizens was able to create a dialogue and motivate youth to be politically engaged in her native Cameroon... to a discussion with Jiri Payne who is an icon of the democracy movement in the Czech Republic. Before 1989, his tireless work as a leader in the Czechoslovak dissident movement made him an enemy of the communist regime. International Business continues to maintain an ongoing relationship with global managers and political leaders that affect international business today.

Delegation from the Phillipines
Delegation from the Phillipines


Fiske Guide 2014Eckerd College has been recognized for Business in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2014.

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