Winter 2007 and Spring 2007 Visiting Scholar Courses

Visiting Scholar Program Grows in Popularity at CLU

CLU’s popular Visiting Scholar program continues to bring to campus renowned international faculty, each with a diverse background and significant experience in global business, teaching, consulting, and research. MBA courses in the Visiting Scholar program are conducted through the use of intense weekend sessions, and in advance of the in-class activity students are provided with multiple readings and preliminary assignments. After an intensive weekend of immersive learning, students conclude the course through the completion of additional assignments. The content and rigor of these classes is the same as other MBA courses. Only the format is modified, due to the availability of the international instructors.

For the upcoming winter and spring terms, the following courses are scheduled:


BUS 582 Special Topics – Cross Cultural Management. Emphasis elective for Management, International Business, Marketing, and Entrepreneurship. Prerequisite: None.
A popular course in the Visiting Scholar program, Cross Cultural Management will again be conducted by Dr. Gerhard Apfelthaler, who is the head of the International Management and Global Business Programs at the University of Applied Sciences (FH-Joanneum) in Graz, Austria. FH-Joanneum is a major partner of the CLU School of Business. Dr. Apfelthaler’s credentials are exceptional, with numerous books, articles, and distinguished teaching and consulting experiences around the world to his credit. A former commercial attaché with the Austrian Consul in the US and Singapore, Dr. Apfelthaler is intensely knowledgeable about cross-cultural challenges facing modern business. As a result, he is highly sought for lectures and consulting in the realm of cross cultural business activities. Like most other classes in the Visiting Scholar program, this course will begin with preliminary readings, include an intensive weekend of immersive learning (January 5, 6, and 7), and culminate with an examination and major project.

BUS 582 Special Topics – Legal Issues in International Management. Emphasis elective for Management, International Business, Marketing, and Entrepreneurship. Prerequisite: None.
This course addresses a wide array of legal issues as they relate to the conduct of international business. Some legal considerations seem to be universal, while others greatly vary due to their and political environments. The laws and practices of several countries, regions, and societies are examined, along with challenges that face organizations that “Go Global.” In this class, common legal pitfalls are explained and examined, and course participants are shown basic ways to anticipate and avoid legal traps that frequently ensnare businesses of all sizes.
The instructor, Doris Kiendl-Wendner, is a full-time member of the faculty of the University of Applied Sciences (FH-Joanneum) in Graz. In addition to conducting a variety of business law classes at FH-Joanneum, Dr. Kiendl-Wendner has conducted courses in Germany, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Finland, and Australia. Further, Dr. Kiendl-Wendner is an accomplished practicing attorney; she has successfully represented clients in the areas of international business law, consumer law, and other legal matters. Dr. Kiendl-Wendner is published in several international journals, and she is the author of multiple books related to consumer law. In addition to the intensive weekend of classes (January 19, 20, and 21), this course will include an examination and major research assignment.


BUS 582 Special Topics – International Consumer Behavior. Emphasis elective for Marketing, International Business, and select additional emphasis areas by petition. Prerequisites: None.
Professor Donal Rogan of the Institute of Technology, Tallaght, in Dublin, Ireland, returns to CLU this spring to conduct his global trademark course, which he has offered in several countries. Professor Rogan has written a business school case on Jameson Irish Whiskey, and part of the class focuses on the opportunities and challenges faced by Jameson in their efforts to better understand global consumers and develop suitable messages for varied markets. This is one of several cases and a textbook authored by Professor Rogan, who has also conducted consumer behavior marketing research for a number of international organizations. The in class portion of this course will be conducted over the weekend of March 16, 17, and 18, which includes, notably, St. Patrick’s Day. Readings will be made available in advance, and a final project will be due at the end of the term.

BUS 582 Special Topics – International Human Resource Management. Emphasis elective for Management, International Business, and select additional emphasis areas by petition. Prerequisite: None.
This course was initially offered last spring and gained instant popularity among MBA students at CLU. Visiting Scholar Dr. Vlad Vaiman has been educated in Russia, the U.S., and Switzerland, and he is widely sought as a guest around the world, where his highly respected knowledge and engaging teaching style are enthusiastically received. After preliminary readings made available at the beginning of the term, Dr. Vaiman conducts a weekend of immersive learning that focuses on the subtleties, nuances, and legal issues of great importance to managers of firms engaged or planning to engage in international management. The intensive weekend of class time is set for April 27, 28, and 29. Due to the proximity of this weekend to the end of the spring term, substantial pre-class activities will be conducted through distance learning.

BUS 582 Special Topic – Social Enterprise and Corporate Responsibility. Emphasis area for Management, Marketing, International Business, and Entrepreneurship. Prerequisite: None.
The course will focus on global best practices in social enterprise and corporate responsibility – how entrepreneurial thinkers and trend-setting companies are working to make the world a better place while achieving their business goals and objectives. Visiting Scholar from India, Dr. U. Gauthamadas, has an M.D. in Psychiatry and a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior. He is Director of the Academy for Disaster Education, Planning and Training (ADEPT), headquartered in Chennai. The academy works internationally with corporations, governments, and NGOs to train professionals and volunteers in disaster response and management. ADEPT has played a critical role in the international response to the Asian Tsunami and the Kashmir earthquake. Students will complete readings and a research project before the intensive weekend with professor on March 23, 24, 25. For more information, contact Dr. Randall Donohue at Dr. Donohue will serve as the CLU faculty member of record for this course.

ABOUT the Visiting Scholars Program -- The program is managed by MBA Director Dr. Ronald Hagler, and Dr. Harry Domicone serves as CLU faculty member of record for most courses. To provide maximum flexibility to MBA students, registration is usually permitted without penalty through the first day of class (space permitting), and students may withdraw without penalty from the class through the second class meeting. The immersive in-class sessions are conducted on Friday evenings, all day Saturday, and all day Sunday. Questions concerning these courses and their operation should be directed to Dr. Domicone by sending an email to