Graduate students to explore European business practices

Posted: May 15, 2015 6:00 a.m.

Graduate business students Fuan Shibahara, Paris Keikhosravani, and Yimeng Cao presented business opportunity analysis to Jari Pentinmäki, Head of Marketing and Business Development at Finland-based company, Yara Suomi Oy, as part of the 2013 international study tour. According to Pentinmäki, the information students provided was included in a presentation to Yara's executive team.
Graduate business students Fuan Shibahara, Paris Keikhosravani, and Yimeng Cao presented business opportunity analysis to Jari Pentinmäki, Head of Marketing and Business Development at Finland-based company, Yara Suomi Oy, as part of the 2013 international study tour. According to Pentinmäki, the information students provided was included in a presentation to Yara's executive team. (Photo courtesy of Ron Camp)

Tomorrow, eight students in the Kenneth Levene Graduate School of Business (Levene GSB) will embark on a 12 day international study tour which includes stops in Germany, Finland and Estonia. The tour incorporates opportunities to learn about current practice related to doing business in an international environment.

“This is a once in a lifetime experiential learning opportunity for our students,” says Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Programs, Ron Camp.

Camp, who is leading the international study tour, says students will have the opportunity to explore the business, political, and cultural aspects of Germany, Finland and Estonia as they relate to Canadian and European organizations, by engaging in a number of site visits and presentations.

The visit includes stops at such corporations as Sirona Dental Systems Inc., the world's largest dental equipment provider, where students will tour production facilities and engage in a strategic briefing with the global leader in the market – experience that Camp says is invaluable.

“The business practices of these European countries are different enough to be interesting – and our students can learn a lot about different ways to approach business,” says Camp.  “Yet, they still operate using western business practices, so our students will be able to apply knowledge learned in the program here in Saskatchewan.”

"Students will also complete a joint project with graduate students in Finland, focusing on organizational structure and marketing, and learn about Estonia’s progressive e-governance models – it will be a great way for them to engage with, and learn about, other cultures and business practices,” says Camp.

This cohort of students will join a group of 13 Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) students who are already in Europe as part of a concurrent Levene international study tour.

“These tours are a standard part of our MBA programs at the University of Regina,” says Camp. “At the core of everything, we are teaching our students how to lead organizations – how to think strategically, make informed decisions, consider emerging opportunities and global context – this tour aids in that teaching.”

Students in the Levene MBA programs can pursue one of three specializations: International Business, Engineering Management or Public Safety Management, to develop deeper understanding of strategic leadership in specific industries and sectors. The international study tours augment these specializations by offering real world experience in the private and public sector, and in for-profit and not-for-profit contexts within different countries.

To learn more about Levene programs, visit www.uregina.ca/business/levene.