MBA students from Appalachian State University are studying abroad in Thailand this week, in advance of the spring 2019 semester beginning on Monday, Jan. 14.
The course, led by information systems professor Dr. Charlie Chen, is giving students from the Walker College of Business the opportunity to examine a “cradle to grave” supply chain in the context of the tourism industry.
During the 10-day trip, students are studying international supply chain strategies of a global hospitality brand company, learning about how the brand implements its marketing strategies, and examining its global sourcing practices. The students are learning about challenges and opportunities faced by supply chain managers and are meeting with distributors to learn about issues associated with global supply chain logistics.
Dr. Chen noted that there is also a social entrepreneurship component to the program
"Today, the students are working with students from Burapha University to propose social entrepreneurship ideas to help United Nations Thailand address three sustainability goals," said Dr. Chen. "Tomorrow, our students will visit the United Nations to verify their ideas with professionals working for United Nations Thailand."
See the Students' Online Photo Album
Dr. Chen invites campus community members to "stay tuned" through the program’s Facebook photo album.
Dr. Chen has more than 12 years of international travel and teaching experiences with student groups in China, Japan, Taiwan and Spain. He is dedicated to growing students into future global business leaders in those countries via exciting, educational and exhilarating study abroad learning experiences.
About International Programs with Appalachian's Walker College of Business
The Walker College of Business encourages students to study abroad and provides a variety of short-term international programs designed to develop international business skills and intercultural knowledge. These faculty-led programs have proven to be invaluable for many students. Scholarships are available. Fluency in a second language is not required and students can earn credit toward their degree. For more information on future opportunities, please contact Global & Civic Engagement Specialist Meredith Church Pipes, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit international.business.appstate.edu.