Graduate Students Participate in Global Competition, Addressing Real-World Client Issues

Students Paul Hanohano (MBA), Zhengui Tan (MBA) and Marven Steve Kratz (MA in Global Leadership and Sustainable Development) received best team certificates in the X-Culture Competition. The students took part in the competition as a requirement for the spring 2018 National Culture and Comparative Management course taught by Assistant Professor of Management Tolga Ulusemre, Ph.D.

Hanohano, Tan and Kratz were among more than 5,000 contestants from 154 universities in 40 countries on all six continents, who formed virtual teams. Working on international business projects, the teams addressed real-world issues faced by real-world client companies. The students had the opportunity to work on industry and competition analysis, new market selection and analysis, foreign market entry strategy and  functional strategy – marketing, HR, etc. – development.  

In addition to the many learning opportunities, working in global virtual teams had its challenges, including cross-cultural differences, language barriers and coordinating schedules with people in different time zones.

Kratz said the best part of participating in the competition was “working together with motivated students from all around the globe.”         

Pictured from left to right: Tolga Ulusemre, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Management, Marven Steve Kratz, Zhengui Tan and Daewoo Park, Ph.D., Business Department Chair, Professor of Management