Purpose of the Committee
The Global Business Education (GBE) Committee advises the Board on the advancement of
the global purposes of ACBSP and its member institutions. This includes, but is not limited to,
developing a database for use by the membership, designing and communicating opportunities
for member institutions in global activities, promoting ACBSP to global constituencies, and
providing information and exchange opportunities at the Annual Conference.
History of the Committee
Over the years, the role of GBE has changed, more in form than substance. Its earlier years
emphasized travel abroad information for students and faculty. GBE sought “best practices”
from those who had experiences taking students abroad. It provided contact information for
faculty who planned study abroad, including information of experienced U.S. faculty and
foreign collegiate contacts. A 2007 survey of ACBSP members showed their interest in travel
overseas, international studies, and trip funding and coordination. Many member schools did
not have much experience with international students or with student exchange programs.
Frequently, international prospects for students were reserved for large research institutions
with ample student numbers and financial commitments to support these programmatic efforts.
Student and faculty exchanges did not occur in smaller colleges and community colleges.
ACBSP, through the GBE, sought to fill this void, and has done so successfully.
In 2009, the ACBSP Conference theme was “Celebrating Global Diversity.” ACBSP
established strategic objectives with two components: (1) strategic alliances and partnerships,
and (2) expanding membership to Canada and other countries. GBE joined the Marketing
Committee and the Executive Director as the parties responsible for these strategic initiatives.
The first objective called for “exploratory activities into regions not currently a part of other
plans, such as India, Africa and Brazil.” GBE sought presentations for the Conference that
would discuss innovative ways for business education to be presented inside and outside of
the classroom that would prepare students for conducting global business activities. This
changed the focus and responsibilities of the GBE Committee.
GBE reaches out to colleges and universities overseas to further collaborative education,
research, and business practices. GBE continues to deliver Global Business Forums via
Information Exchange. It coordinates conference calls with members of the Committee from as
disparate areas as India, Europe, the Middle East, and other regions of the world. It reviews
presentations for the Annual Conference for the Global Business Education track. Often these
presentations bring together faculty and students from one part of the world to collaborate with
others in a different part of the world to offer unique areas of specialty. GBE also seeks ways
to provide consulting research to domestic businesses operating in other countries. Finally, it
advances the exchange of ideas and information exchange with faculty in all corners of the
Your Pathway to Involvement
Membership in GBE is by regional representation. Interested faculty who wish to join the
Committee would do so by volunteering at the regional meetings when the term of a
current representative expires. Any faculty member who is interested in global education
or in student exposure to the global environment is welcome. Even if a faculty member
does not represent a region, he/she is still welcome to attend the GBE meetings during
the ACBSP Annual Conference