Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Setting the Business Benchmark

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Setting the Business Benchmark

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Oklahoma City University's business school has unveiled a new strategic plan with a global focus.

The plan's goal is to set the national benchmark for global business management education, said Bart Ward, dean of OCU's Meinders School of Business.

"One of two megatrends recognized by business leaders is globalization," said Ward, "and the Meinders School of Business just happens to already have an internationally diverse faculty, a strong international business degree program, numerous contacts throughout the world, and a diverse student population."

This puts the school in a position to meet a large business education need simply by playing to its existing strengths.

"We think it is readily within our grasp to provide a world- class global management education facility rivaled by only a handful of other schools in the country," said Ward who became OCU's business dean a year ago. "Furthermore, we expect that once we implement the careful planning we have done, we will set the national standard for global business education."

Unlike many other business schools, a large percentage of the students at the Meinders School of Business are working on advanced degrees. The school has 300 undergraduate students and 1,100 students in the masters of business administration program.

The school produced 6,500 undergraduates during the last decade, many now working abroad.

"In some respects, the international business prowess and accomplishments of our faculty and students are better understood abroad, by virtue of the impact that we have had in foreign nations, than they are here in Oklahoma," Ward said.

Relationships and alliances are being developed with those doing business in and from Oklahoma with international interest.

OCU also has created a global management education institute with Dr. Hossein Shafa as director. Shafa is a graduate of Tehran University with an MBA from OCU and a doctorate in international business and finance at the University of Texas. He holds the Burwell Endowed Chair of International Management.

"His experience and contacts with international business executives and high-ranking government officials around the world provide a powerful base from which to develop new innovative programming to serve the educational needs of both developed and emerging nations and their economies," Ward said. …

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