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Past Conferences and Events

The UM CIBER organizes and co-sponsors a series of academic conferences on international services to support its research objectives. These conferences, which bring together interdisciplinary research teams, include:

Strategic Ethnography: Leveraging Inside-Out Bicultural Knowledge to Reinvent the Core—the Case of Tesco Plc (Back to Top)

Mary Yoko Brannen of the University of ictoria / INSEA will give this seminar. Mary Yoko is the Deputy Editor of JIBS and on the Executive Committee of the Academy of Management's International Management Division. No RSVP is required.

Where: ZIFF Conference Room

When: Friday, March 8 from 10am to 11:30am


Bi/multiculturals, people who have internalized two or more cultures, are becoming increasingly common in today’s global environment. These individuals not only have skills and capabilities that monoculturals do not, but they also have the potential to help firms fulfill organizational goals. Despite this, research on the roles of bi/multiculturals in organizations is relatively limited. In this seminar, Professor Brannen will discuss a large-scale action research project wherein an academic team trained nine Asian subsidiary managers at Tesco Plc to become insider ethnographers of Tesco’s home operations to help reinvigorate its core. The presentation will develop the concept of strategic ethnography, and highlight the role of biculturals as dual-organizational bridges as well as the importance of a shared corporate language in MNCs.

After Santiago: Regional Integration and European Union-Latin America Relations

This was a seminar to evaluate the current state of the field in the context of the EU-CELAC summit held in santiago de Chile (January 26-28)

This was a Spanish language seminar

Where: University of Miami, European Union Center/Jean Monnet Chair http://www.as.miami.edu/eucenter/
School of Business Administration, AGB 431

When: Friday, March 1, 2013

For Information, contact Joaquin Roy at jroy@miami.edu

See This Document for details.

Energy Security Conference 2012

This conference, titled "Energy Security and Environmental Policy in the Americas", was part of the Public Conference Program and took place December 11th and 12th, 2012 in the University of Miami Flamingo Ballroom. It was co-sponsored by the Miami Constortium for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and us, UM CIBER. Panels discussed energy security in the U.S., Canada, and Central and South America, as well as foreign policy towards Europe, Russia, and the Middle East.

Central America: The Security Strategy and U.S. Policy Initiatives in the Region (Back to Top)

UM CIBER is co-sponsoring this event organized by the Center for Hemispheric Policy

Bruce Bagley Professor and Chair, Department of International Studies, University of Miami
Steven Dudley Co-Director, InSight, Washington, D.C.
John Maisto Director, U.S. Education Finance Group, Miami
Celina Realuyo Assistant Professor, National Security Affairs, Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies, National Defense University, Washington, D.C

Friday, April 27th
8:00am to 10:00am (Includes breakfast)
Hyatt Regency Coral Gables
Venetian Room
50 Alhambra Plaza

$30 Registration fee required. For more information and to register: Click here.

Canada, Mexico, and the United States: Energy Competitors or Collaborators? (Back to Top)

UM CIBER is co-sponsoring this event organized by the Center for Hemispheric Policy, in collaboration with the Canadian Consulate in Miami


Stephen Lucas Assistant Deputy Minister, Science and Policy Integration, Natural Resources Canada, Ottawa, Canada
Harrie Vredenburg Professor and Suncor Energy Chair, Comptetitive Strategy and Sustainable Development, Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy, University of Calgary, Canada

Isidro Morales Professor, Monterrey Institute of Technology, Sante Fé Campus, Mexico City

United States
Edward Glab Director, Global Energy Security Forum, School of International and Public Affairs, Florida International University

Ambassador Louise Léger Consul General of Canada in Miami

Tuesday, April 24, 2012
8:00am - 10:00am (Breakfast Included)
Hyatt Regency Coral Gables
Venetian Room
50 Alhambra Plaza

$30 Registration required. FREE with ID to academics and students.  Registration Instructions Here.

Asia and Latin America: Setting the Agenda (Back to Top)

Discussing the new dynamics of the relationship between Asia and Latin America and setting a framework for studying the interaction between the regions in the coming decade. Launching the Asia-Latin America Working Group at the University of Miami.

April 18, 2012
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Robert and Judi Prokop Newman Alumni Center, UM

Free and open to the public, but registration is required. Register Here.

CIBER Business Language Conference 2012 (Back to Top)

On March 21 - 23, 2012, the UNC Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER), together with a consortium of CIBERs nationwide, will host the annual Business Language Conference in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The conference will challenge participating scholars and instructors (from universities, colleges, K-12, business and governmental organizations) to inspire new lines of research, rethink teaching techniques, and create links between language classrooms and real businesses. The conference is thus responding to the goal of the U.S. Department of Education's CIBER grant program to increase global capacity and, ultimately, U.S. businesses' global competitiveness.

For more information, visit: www.ciber.unc.edu/cblc

Language and the Global Institution: A Lecture and Workshop Open to the UM Community (Back to Top)

Friday, February 3, 2012 from 12pm to 5pm
CAS Gallery / Wesley House, 1210 Stanford Drive

Guest speaker Dr. Nelleke Van Deusen-Scholl, Director of the Center for Language Study at Yale University, will speak on the implications of language and culture education in the context of the global mission of a university. Active participation from the audience is encouraged. Open to all members of the UM community, registration is required by January 27, 2012.

To read more and register, visit http://www.as.miami.edu/rsvp/. Registration is quick and easy.

Fall Management Seminars (Back to Top)

This series of MGT seminars was led by Professor John M. Mezias in the Ziff Conference Room on the dates below.

Sept 23: 9:30 - 11:00 am
Antonio J. Trujillo
MPP, Ph.D.
Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Sept. 30: 10:00 - 11:30 am *
Mo Wang
Associate Editor, JAP
Warrington College of Business Administration, University of Florida

Oct 7: 10 - 11:30 am
Brian Tomlin
AE MGT Science, POMS, MSOM, NRL & Dec Sciences
Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth

Oct 21: 1:00 - 2:30 pm *
Daniel Rottig
Program Chair, Academy of International Business South East

Oct 28: 10:00 - 11:30 am
David Chandler
Asst. Professor of Management
University of Colorado Denver

Nov 7: 10:00 - 11:30 am *
Neal M. Ashkanasy
Associate Editor, AMJ
Editor in Chief, Journal of Organizational Behavior

Nov 10: 10:00 - 11:30 am *
Oded Shenkar
Ford MC Chair in Global Business Management
Professor of Management & Human Resources
Fisher College of Business, Ohio State

* Denotes International Component

Business Language Case Competition 2011 (Back to Top)

The BYU Business Language Case Competition provides business students with the opportunity to showcase their theoretical business knowledge and foreign language skills while sharpening their presentation skills in real-life global business situations. The competition also provides excellent networking opportunities for students to make contact with university leaders and corporate executives, who serve as judges and coaches. The fall 2011 competition was for non-native Spanish, and Chinese speakers. The competition was held on Friday, 11 November 2011. Each university sent up to one team of three students for Spanish, and two teams of three students for Chinese to compete.

32nd Annual National Convention of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) (Back to Top)

The UM CIBER, in partnership with the UM School of Business, served as an academic sponsor of the 32 Annual National Convention of the USHCC. The convention featured workshops ranging from implementing green business practices to leveraging social media to promote growth. It also featured a day-long business expo, where the School of Business and about 150 exhibitors representing such top firms as General Motors, Google and Kraft Foods had the opportunity to communicate and showcase their products and services to corporate and government decision makers and Hispanic business owners. Much of the program centered on expanding opportunities for Hispanic-owned business by helping them foster strategic partnerships with corporations, non-profits, and government agencies.

For more information, see The Full Article


Dr. Amaury de Souza Presents: "Brazil as a Global Player" (Back to Top)

UM CIBER co-sponsored this luncheon and Q&A session, free to all students and faculty, on September, 29, 2011. Discussion - led by Dr. Amaury de Souza, a visiting professor at the Center for Hemispheric Policy (CHP) - was centered on Brazilian politics, economics, and foreign policy. Check out some images from the event:


Western Hemisphere Opportunities and Challenges Conference (Back to Top)

This one-day conference, sponsored by the University of Miami’s Center for Hemispheric Policy draws hundreds of academics, government officials, journalists and business executives to talk about the challenges and opportunities impacting the western hemispheric region. With the UM CIBER as a co-sponsor, faculty of the School of Business Administration and College of Arts and Sciences complement the political and economic discussion with dialogue on business competiveness.

This workshop was organized by the UM's Center for Hemispheric Policy (CHP) and UM CIBER on February 14, 2011

Conference Presentation and Discussion Topics:

  • The Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas
  • Pathways to Prosperity
  • The Brazil Economic Partnership Dialogue

Featured Speakers:

  • Matthew M. Rooney, Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State
  • Kevin Sullivan, Director of the Office of Economic Policy and Summit Coordination at the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State


CIBER Business Language Conference 2011 (Back to Top)

This annual conference, co-sponsored by the UM CIBER and other CIBERs, provides the opportunity for teachers, scholars, policy makers and business leaders to discuss business language education. The UM CIBER provides funding for two faculty members from the Modern Languages and Literatures department of the University of Miami College of Arts and Sciences to attend the conference.  Click here for 2011 conference information and to register.

The 2011 CBLC was hosted by the University of South Carolina in the historic city of Charleston, South Carolina on March 23-26, 2011. The conference called for an exchange of ideas and perspectives on how foreign language educators can best assess and meet the current and future linguistic and cross-cultural needs of global business leaders. The 2011 CBLC theme sought to link the needs indicated by U.S. business and the professions with the skills of language administrators, instructors and researchers at all levels (K-12, college and university, and in-service) in the commonly taught languages as well as those languages for which the current needs are critically lacking or are currently in a developing stage.

UM CIBER sponsored three faculty members from the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at the University of Miami College of Arts and Sciences:

  • Steven F. Butterman, Associate Professor of Portuguese and Director of the Portuguese Language Program
  • Chiu-Hung Chen, Visiting Assistant Professor of Chinese
  • Kevin Finn, French Lecturer, Romance Studies

2010 Conference Highlights


Latin American Security Challenges Workshop (Back to Top)

Sponsored by the UM CIBER, along with the University’s Center of Hemispheric Policy, Center for Latin America Studies, and Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies, this workshop explores how current events impact individual and corporate security throughout the region. Academic and security experts from Latin America and the U.S. Southern Command present working papers and discuss issues with a primarily business audience.

The Center for Hemispheric Policy (CHP) and the UM CIBER presented "Security Challenges and Their Impact on Latin America's Business Environment" on April 12, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency, Coral Gables.

Conference Panelists:

  • Eduardo Gamarra, President, Newlink Research, Miami, Florida
  • Frank Holder, Senior Managing Director, Forensic and Litigation, FTI Consulting, Coral Gables, Florida
  • Carlos Kasprzykowski, Chief Security Advisor for the Americas, Microsoft Corporation, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Don Lyman, President and Founder, Peregrine Security, Inc., Boca Raton, Florida
  • Claudio Muruzabal, Chief Executive Officer, Neoris, Miami, Florida
  • Paul Trivelli, Civilian Deputy to the Commander and Foreign Policy Advisor, U.S. Southern Command, Miami, Florida

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