The International Business Center (IBC) at the Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business was established in 1985 through funding by the Wisconsin State Legislature and private sources to meet the needs of the business, academic, and government communities.The Center's ObjectivesThe Center's objectives are threefold:
- to facilitate the internationalization of the business school curriculum through the development of academic programs in international business;
- to develop and offer workshops and seminars to help managers understand the global economy and meet the challenges of global economic competition; and
- to encourage faculty research focused on international business and to support faculty development in international business so as to enhance their expertise in analyzing and solving management issues with international dimensions.
The Center has been actively engaged in business curriculum internationalization, developing an undergraduate Certificate in International Business, and collaborating with the College of Letters & Science in offering a Global Management Track in the Global Studies undergraduate degree program. In addition, it provides travel scholarships for overseas study trips, supports faculty development in international business, and offers a wide range of high quality international business-related programs to the business community, including:
- “The U.S. and Global Economy: Looking Ahead,” featuring Dr. Martin Feldstein, the George F. Baker Professor of Economics at Harvard University and CEO of the National Bureau of Economic Research. December 6, 2007.
- “South America and the Growing Importance of the Brazilian Economy,” featuring Sebastian Edwards, Henry Ford II Professor of International Economics, UCLA, June 2, 2006.
- “Global Manufacturing Competitiveness,” featuring Donald Gerwin, Sprott School of Business, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, May 2, 2006.
- “Constant Purpose, Changing World: The IMF in the 21st Century,”featuring Dr. Anne O. Krueger, First Deputy Managing Director, the International Monetary Fund, October 30, 2003.