It is believed that the economic growth in the 21st century is hugely oriented toward Asia. China and India, the fastest growing economies in this region, are indispensable strategic partners with the United States. Over the past four years, the BUS D490 - Special Studies in International Business Administration class focused on China for study. India has been selected to be the target country for study in spring 2011. The 10 chosen students will serve as business consultants to two local firms, DeBrand Fine Chocolates and Vera Bradley. The members of the 2011 team are Edison Byzyka, Austin Gilliland, Ryan Gruber, Justin Hyndman, Alaina Jones, Andy Kaehr, Kim Matusik, Rebecca Noggle, Patrick Pinto, and Megan Schmalzried. The student teams will prepare and present a detailed business plan for their clients' consideration and possible implementation. Faculty members are Prasad Bingi, Joseph Khamalah, Lyman Lewis, Maneesh Sharma, and Nichaya Suntornpithug (instructor).
The highlight of the course is an opportunity for the students to get a unique cultural immersion experience and an up-close and personal look at the Indian luxurious confectionery and handbag markets during spring break. While on-site, the students are scheduled to have Indian company and university visits, educational seminars, and cultural excursions in New Delhi, Mysore, and Bangalore.