Faculty Development


Data Grants

The Center for Global Business (CGB), through the Title VI CIBE grant, announces its second data grant competition. The objective of the competition is to help create a repository of data that could be used as teaching resources at the Smith School and elsewhere. Data sets used in business statistics, data mining, machine learning and other courses are drawn overwhelmingly from U.S. sources (or are synthetic). We are seeking real data sets that can serve the dual purpose of (1) bringing international data into the classroom; and (2) illustrating important business data-driven decision-making principles.

The Center for Global Business (CGB), through the Title VI CIBE grant, announces its second data grant competition. The objective of the competition is to help create a repository of data that could be used as teaching resources at the Smith School and elsewhere. Data sets used in business statistics, data mining, machine learning and other courses are drawn overwhelmingly from U.S. sources (or are synthetic). We are seeking real data sets that can serve the dual purpose of
(1) bringing international data into the classroom; and (2) illustrating important business data-driven decision-making principles.

Ideally, the final deliverable would meet the following criteria:

  1. The data is international. This goes beyond just having an international source. For instance, the data could facilitate one of the following:
  • Understanding of the context (cultural, historical, economic, or institutional) within which the data was generated;
  • Cross-country comparisons;
  • Acquisition of knowledge of some aspect of doing business internationally (e.g. exchange rate fluctuations).
  1. The data is suitable for classroom use in an undergraduate or master’s level business course, illustrating some relevant business management, or data-driven decision-making principle.
  2. The data set would be accompanied by a teaching note detailing how it might be used. The note should discuss (a) the kinds of analysis that could be done with the data (linear or logistic regression, cluster analysis, deep learning, etc.); and also (b) describe possible classroom uses (e.g. the business principles it could be used to illustrate).

The data set does not need to be newly constructed for the purpose of this competition. For instance, it could be a data set you constructed for a research paper, and are now willing to share. Or it could be something you have adapted for use in your own classes after obtaining it from a repository (e.g. the American Economic Review website). Just keep in mind that the data should not be proprietary, and must be made available, free of charge, for educational use. Furthermore, you would give CGB the right to distribute it freely for educational use (with either a CC license or CC0 Public Domain dedication).

At this stage, we seek a short proposal (maximum two pages) describing the proposed data set, how it would meet the criteria above, and the proposed classroom use (both the kinds of analysis that could be done with the data, and the business application).

Award amount: $2500 (paid upon submission of (1) the data, and (2) the teaching note).
Proposal due date: August 31, 2021

Please contact Kislaya Prasad at kprasad@umd.edu with any questions.

Faculty Development in International Business (FDIB)

Through the Title VI CIBE grant, the Smith School supports the professional development and training of faculty in the area of international and global business abroad. CIBE encourages Smith and non-Smith faculty to pursue the CIBE overseas programs through faculty development in international and sustainable business programs.

FDIB: Japan

Japan: Redesigning the Business Perspective

Program Leads This program is jointly sponsored by the Robert H. Smith School of Business and San Diego State University.
Destinations Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe.
Note: Program begins in Tokyo and ends in Osaka.
Eligibility Faculty members at any university or college.
Costs Early bird: $3,700
General: $3,950
Note: Costs based on double occupancy, for a single room add $920.
Application This program has been postponed until 2022.
Questions? Please contact smithglobal@umd.edu.

Japan, a culture ingrained with a deep sense of reverence for its history and traditions, has also remained at the center of global innovation for the past half-century. During this SDSU/Maryland Smith CIBE organized Faculty Development in International Business program, we invite you to experience these dual perspectives firsthand.

Through a series of dialogues with Japanese business leaders, government officials, and academics you will learn about methods being undertaken in Japan to maintain its competitive advantage in the global marketplace. A great understanding of the Japanese ethos will be gained during many opportunities for cultural immersion including a tour of Himeji castle, walking the ancient capital of Kyoto, experiencing local cuisine, and much more.

Fee Includes

  • Hotel accommodations
  • Transfers by private coach
  • Train ticket from Tokyo-Osaka
  • Breakfast daily
  • Some lunches and dinners
  • English speaking guide

Services Do Not Include

  • Meals or any other item not described in the final itinerary.
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Early check-in, late check-out
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks with meals
  • International air to and from Japan
  • Transportation from Osaka to Tokyo
  • Travel from Osaka to Tokyo can be arranged through Asia Getaway for an additional cost.

Japan FDIB sponsored by:

There are several other CIBE overseas study programs — both summer and winter — offered by other CIBE schools as well. For more information concerning all CIBE FDIB Programs, please visit CIBERWEB.

Faculty Grants

Faculty Development in International Business (FDIB) Competition for Support

Applications for FDIB support are currently not being accepted.

Through the Center for Global Business (CGB), the Smith School supports the professional development and training of faculty in the area of international and global business through participating in Faculty Development in International Business programs offered by CGB and other business schools with the Title VI CIBE grant. The CGB also strives to help develop faculty from other educational institutions to help broaden the reach of CIBE resources.

To this end, CGB is actively seeking to support faculty members from institutions within the University System of Maryland, Minority Serving Institutions, and community colleges who are interested in broadening their understanding of global business and using the FDIB as a platform for developing a course that will be delivered at their home institution or resources to augment the international content of a course already offered.

Award Application

Faculty must complete the application, which includes (FDIB program selection and rationale). Additionally, the applicants must explain what resources they will create following their FDIB experience; these resources will contribute to a portal of resources that will be available to other faculty members within the CIBE network. Finally, applying faculty must provide a resume and a letter of support from their dean of their associated school. Upon review of applications, chosen faculty members will receive $1,000 from Smith CIBE to participate in an FDIB of their choosing.

Financial support will be granted in the amount of $1,000 for the program fee. The amounts will be paid directly to the CIBE organizing the FDIB and cover the costs of the program fee of the FDIB only. The award cannot be applied to airfare, costs associated with passports, the port of entry visa fees (if applicable), visas, international departure taxes, international airfare, ground transportation for personal use trips, most meals, baggage charges, porterage, tips, and any incidental expenses.

CIBE Hosted Application

As spots for FDIBs are limited, award applicants are encouraged to complete the applications of the CIBE hosted FDIB programs in tandem with this application to ensure their participation. The faculty awarded support is not guaranteed space on their preferred FDIB unless they have applied and are accepted to the hosted FDIB separately.

As a condition of accepting the award, the faculty member will be required to complete the following:

  • Within four weeks of travel, submit a two-page report to CIBE detailing the experience and skills and knowledge gained through the program.
  • Develop materials within two months of travel — simulation, case, article, or another learning tool — to be used in the classroom and shared with faculty at the Smith School and in the CIBE network.


  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
  • Impact Report of Awardee: Two weeks after return from FDIB
  • Resources in International Business: Two months after return from FDIB

To be considered, faculty must submit a completed application, letter of support from their dean of their associated school, and a resume or CV. All application materials should be sent in one e-mail message to Marina Augoustidis, associate director, at maugoust@umd.edu.

FDIB OPTIONS: Please check the CIBE website for updates on programs in 2021.

CGB announces a grant competition to support teaching innovations in global learning for the online environment. Since COVID-19 has created restrictions on global travel, it becomes important for Maryland Smith to find new ways to expose students to the world and contribute to their development as future global business leaders.

In the absence of study abroad this year, the transition to online learning creates new opportunities for global learning. It makes it possible to connect people, students, and classrooms in different parts of the world. Such connections hold great potential for enriching the classroom experience here at the Smith School. It also creates new opportunities to bring in new sources that would be more difficult to schedule in a regular, in-person course. This initiative seeks to support and encourage teaching innovations in global learning that leverage now ubiquitous communication technologies to enrich student experiences. The grant can be used to support any teaching activity that significantly enhances global learning, including:

  1. Teaching collaborations between the Smith School and educational institutions located abroad;
  2. Collaboration for student projects between the Smith School and organizations or companies with operations or headquarters abroad;
  3. Entirely campus-based global learning experiences for Smith School students (such as simulations, cultural intelligence exercises, etc.).

Applications for fall 2021 have closed.

Please contact Rebecca Bellinger, executive director of CGB with any questions or to express interest.

Internationalize Your Course Content

The Center for Global Business has curated a list of resources to assist faculty with the internationalization of their course content. This list will be updated regularly and continue to grow as we identify additional resources.

The primary objective of these case studies is to analyze and learn about the performance of a select group of Small and Medium-size Enterprises (SMEs) of Maryland during the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020-21 to understand how they managed operations and showed resilience in reverting to business. The goal of the cases is to identify lessons learned in each case as the companies represent different manufacturing and service sectors of the economy.

Download the Maryland Business Adapts Case document here.

Cesim Global Challenge: Strategy & International Business Management
Students manage a global technology company through technological and market evolution. They operate in three global regions with different customer preferences, growth rates, currencies, taxes, and tariffs.

International Corporate Management
Provides students with an understanding of the global business enterprise in the international market environment.

Global Collaboration: Tip of the Iceberg
Students learn about the difficulties of cross-cultural communication and managing global teams. Students are assigned the role of a native English speaker or a nonnative English speaker at their organization.

Prendo's Pactio for MBAs
Covers stakeholder management, influencing skills, responsible leadership, and cross-cultural leadership for MBA students.

The Trade Guys
Trade experts Scott Miller and Bill Reinsch break down the buzz around trade, how it affects policy, and how it impacts your day-to-day. Produced at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a nonpartisan think tank in Washington, D.C.

Cultural Differences & Diversity in International Business podcast
International business and cultural difference expert Chris Smit interviews prominent guests, whose experiences help listeners to build their cultural competence and gain a global perspective. Also available on Spotify, Stitcher Radio, and Amazon Alexa.

The International Business podcast
Interviews with experts from around the globe and several industries help listeners draw insights that can help them to become better international business leaders.

Knowledge@Wharton podcast
The online business analysis journal of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, featuring interviews with faculty and other global business experts.

HBR Ideacast from Harvard Business Review
HBR provides important business learnings in interviews with experts in short digestible podcasts. It airs weekly and doesn't require a subscription fee.

TED Talks: International Business Topics
A searchable database of TED Talk resources relating to international business.

BBC World Business Report
Broadcast daily, the BBC provides an analysis of global business and economic issues. Visit this website to find current reports related to classroom discussions.

International Datasets
Eve_Firms data set ("Where a founder is from affects how they structure their company") from David Waguespack, associate professor of the management and organization department at the Robert H. Smith School of Business.

World Bank Open Data
A large resource for global development data (can browse by country or indicator).

United Nations Datasets
32 UN datasets, including Commodity Trade Statistics database and International Financial Statistics

World Trade Organization: Trade and Tariff Data
Quantitative information in relation to economic and trade policy issues that provides access to data on trade flows, tariffs, non-tariff measures (NTMs) and trade-in value added.

MAPIT Alliance Webinars
Webinars and other training designed to help businesses export and take their products and services into the global marketplace. Includes recordings and upcoming events designed to assist businesses in Maryland to globalize their website, market digitally, access funding, and more.

MSI Consortium Webinars
The Center for Global Business is a contributing partner of the MSI Consortium. Key activities include International Business Pedagogy workshops designed to help U.S. business faculty bring international context into the classroom and the curation of a repository of pedagogical resources for the teaching of international business.

BBC World Service: Global Business
In-depth interviews and news coverage of the biggest trends and discussions in global business.

Hofstede Insights
Enables individuals to solve intercultural and organizational culture challenges by utilizing a framework based on Geert Hofstede's work. Includes a variety of e-learning resources, webinars, training programs, and country comparison tools.

Helps students prepare for a globalized world by helping them discover their work style preferences and compare with their peers – or people from 100 cultures. By increasing self-awareness, global perspective, and cultural competency, students open many valuable doors for themselves.

Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI)
The premier cross-cultural assessment of intercultural competence that is used by thousands of individuals and organizations to build intercultural competence to achieve international and domestic diversity and inclusion goals and outcomes.

Cultural Intelligence Center: Self-Assessments
Evaluates effectiveness in diverse situations by measuring capabilities in four distinct areas: CQ Drive, CQ Knowledge, CQ Strategy, and CQ action.

Culture Wizard
Comprehensive digital library of global skill-building tools, integrating on-demand courses, assessments, and learning games, with instructors (both virtual and in-person), customizing real-world scenarios into immediately actionable tactical business applications.

Aspen Institute's Ideas Worth Teaching Newsletter
A weekly email for business school faculty designed to draw attention to important new ideas about the role of business in creating a sustainable, inclusive society and prompt conversation in the classroom.

Entrepreneur on Fire
Interviews with entrepreneurs are only the beginning with this website. Entrepreneur on Fire also provides resources, training and helps create a community for existing or want-to-be entrepreneurs. The podcasts themselves are engaging interviews based on key skills and behaviors of top-performing entrepreneurs.

Georgia Tech — Mondo Merkato Podcast: Understanding Global Markets
An ongoing effort to explain international business to a broad audience.

Georgia State University — Pedagogy Newsletter: Current Concepts in IB
Current Concepts in IB issues are intended to provide international business educators with cutting-edge, pedagogical tools for important contemporary and evolving IB topics. They are intended for classroom use as a supplemental resource for teaching.

Insights from IB Experts: Webinars
Webinars with experts from the IB field on a variety of topics.

Indiana University — CIBER Focus Interview Series
Interview series where faculty and experienced professionals discuss international developments.

Michigan State University — globalEDGE
A collection of international business and trade-related resources including current topics, research, trade, and reference.

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