Throughout the year faculty and students from the International Business Administration department are engaged in collaborations within and beyond the university. These interactions allow them to delve into current research and practice, and further the context of our rich academic discourse. Here, we share highlights from recent activities.
In summer 2019, International Business Administration faculty member Gail Hamilton and former AUP staff member Emy Ritt welcomed Kent State University professors Dr. Shawn Rohlin and Dr. Tom Sahajdack, along with students taking KSU’s International Business Experience Study Abroad program, to Paris and to AUP. Prior to their week in Paris, the students had spent a week in Geneva visiting various companies and organizations. The AUP session started with a presentation by Ritt, who worked as the Paris 2018 Gay Games’ Director of International Relations. She discussed the overall mission and objectives of the Gay Games, along with questions of sponsorship and the event’s impact and legacy. Students then spent the rest of the morning conducting a field research study of Paris’s open markets, which concluded with a copious lunch, curated by the students themselves, sourced from markets across four different arrondissements.
This was not AUP’s first collaboration with KSU: in 2018, Hamilton and Ritt worked with Dr. Rohlin and Dr. Nessrine Omrani at the Paris School of Business on an economic impact study for the Paris Gay Games. An extensive dual-language survey on spending was administered to over 4,600 participants immediately following the August event. According to this analysis, the 2018 Gay Games had an impact of almost €66 million on the Paris economy.
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