Business Institutes

Several institutes at Indiana University

Indiana University ICG Institute for Corporate Governance

The Corporate Governance Institute (ICG) focuses on three groups of activities:
Intensive Developmental Programs for senior officers & board members in the public and private sectors.High Exposure Empirical Research of trends and best practices.

Academic Program and Curriculum Support in the corporate governance arena.

The ICG is dedicated to the study, dissemination, and application of best-in-class corporate governance principles. We at the ICG firmly believe that effective, responsive corporate governance establishes and maintains practices designed to enhance the profitability of the enterprise, increase long-term stakeholder value, reflect the principles of independence, link compensation to performance, and assure transparency in its transactions. Corporate governance, at its best, is a sustainable competitive advantage.
Institute programs are characterized by candid discussions in an interactive forum with officers and directors with substantial responsibility who are leading corporations and organizations through major opportunities, challenges, and crises. These are individuals who have thoroughly revised governance practices in the cultures of their respective organizations, and markedly improved the effectiveness of their boards, their advisory groups, and their institutions. An important outcome for participants is the development of a strong network of peers — leaders and directors who share similar responsibilities and experiences and who routinely confront contemporary governance issues. While many issues in corporate governance remain controversial, the objective of the ICG’s program is to acquaint participants with their governance options, their implementation, best practices, and their consequences. The use of actual cases, ethical dilemmas, critical thinking, and crisis scenarios often facilitate Institute programs.

Research at IU | Centers, Institutes and Museums
Explains how to set up an institute at IU Business School

Research at IU | Centers, Institutes and Museums

Center for International Business Education and ResearchAlan M. Rugman
1309 East Tenth Street, Room 738; IUB
(812) 855-1716
(812) 855-9006 FAX

The Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) works to enhance understanding of key international concepts, issues, practices, languages, and environments; all with the goal of increasing U.S. business competitiveness within today’s global economic arena.

The CIBER program was created under the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988 to increase and promote the nation’s capacity for international understanding and economic enterprise. Administered by the U.S. Department of Education under Title VI, Part B of the Higher Education Act of 1965, the CIBER program has successfully linked the manpower and information needs of U.S. business with the international education, foreign language training, and research capacities of institutions of higher education. The Indiana University CIBER is one of 30 CIBERs located at major universities nationwide.

The U.S. Congress mandated a wide array of services for which the nations’s CIBERs are responsible. Thus, in carrying out its mandates, the CIBER at Indiana University:

1) serves as a national resource for innovative teaching techniques, strategies, and methodologies emphasizing the international context in which business is transacted;

2) provides foreign language instruction and also education in the social, cultural, and political environments of countries with and in which the U.S. does business;

3) supports research on key issues and practices affecting international business, generating new knowledge to be transferred into the classroom and, in its most applied form, to the business practitioner;

4) works continuously to encourage the internationalization of students, at IU and beyond, by supporting international curriculum development, study abroad opportunities, foreign language training, participation in internationally-oriented programs such as case competitions, and other such activities;

5) actively serves the business community, offering programs and providing research designed to meet the international training needs of such businesses; and

6) assists faculty, students, and institutions of higher education with fewer resources and less experience in their own internationalization efforts.

As a regional and national resource center, CIBER plays a pivotal role in strengthening the ability of U.S. firms to compete successfully in the global marketplace, whether by educating future managers and executives equipped with a rich understanding of the global environment, by continuously developing a new generation of faculty able to deliver that education, through its programs of practical assistance to the business community and economic policymakers, or by providing resources and training at the pre-collegiate level for many who will make up the nation’s future workforce.

Research at IU | Centers, Institutes and Museums | Institute for Urban Transportation

Institute for Urban TransportationGeorge M. Smerk
825 East Eighth Street; IUB
(812) 855-8143
(812) 855-8022 FAX
Email center

The Institute promotes professional transit management through education, technical assistance, practical research, service to the bus industry, and training. IUT administers the Rural Transportation Assistance Program (RTAP) for small city and rural transportation providers; the Urban Transportation Assistance (UTAP) for urbanized areas of 50,000 and over in population; administers the state transit trade association, the Indiana Transportation Association (ITA); and assists Transportation Services with the transportation improvement program for the IU Bloomington campus.

Research at IU | Centers, Institute and Museums | Research Center for Chinese Politics & Business (RCCPB)

Research Center for Chinese Politics & Business (RCCPB)Scott Kennedy, Director
1011 E. Third Street, Goodbody Hall 240; IUB
(812) 856-0451
(812) 855-6402 FAX
Email center

The RCCPB is dedicated to bringing greater attention to issues that intersect China’s political system and the business world. This includes developing a better understanding of how China’s political system shapes the behavior of and chances for success of Chinese and foreign businesses; how economic conditions and corporate behavior shape Chinese politics; and how Chinese participation in international economic regimes affects both China and the regimes themselves. RCCPB promotes research by IU faculty and graduate students, visiting scholars, and postdoctoral fellows as well as the dissemination of research and fostering of discussion among the academic, policy, and business communities.

E. J. Ourso College of Business | Stephenson Disaster Management Institute
This one is at LSU but is related to our objectives.

E. J. Ourso College of Business | Stephenson Disaster Management Institute

Stephenson Disaster Management Institute
HistoryDisasters are devastating events that suddenly cause severe consequences for those in their path. Disasters are extremely uncertain—what will happen, when it will happen, and to whom it will happen are all unknown—but that we will face disaster is certain. Despite this fact, and the nation’s long experience with disaster events, our ability to meet the challenges of large, complex events remains tenuous. The nation has invested enormous resources in developing technologies to facilitate disaster response. Yet we continue to struggle with key management problems: how to implement coherent command and control procedures, how to coordinate and deploy resources, how to communicate among response agencies and with the public. We struggle in part because disaster response is inherently a very hard problem, but also because we have not studied the management challenges posed by disasters thoroughly enough to devise practicable solutions to them.

LSU gained a national reputation for its rapid and effective response to Hurricane Katrina. LSU will leverage its experience through its newly created Stephenson Disaster Management Institute (SDMI), located in the E. J. Ourso College of Business. SDMI’s mission will be to save lives by continuously improving disaster management through research and education. SDMI will have substantial funding in its first six years by donors whose goal is to create a world class organization in which engaged academic researchers, talented disaster managers, and expert advisors from the private sector collaborate to study disaster management problems, develop realistic solutions, publish smart practices, and teach improved disaster management strategies. SDMI will enhance LSU’s ability to bring its existing programs and research capacity to bear on the particular problems of disasters, and will add substantial additional capability with respect to strategic management and decision-making. SDMI will assure that LSU continues the national prominence it has recently gained, and more importantly, will assure that the nation becomes better able to respond to future catastrophes.

The mission of the Institute is to save the lives of people and animals by continuously improving disaster response management through research and education.

It will do this by:

* Bringing business principles and research to bear on the unanswered management challenges of large, complex disasters.
* Applying, enhancing, and coordinating the unique capabilities and experience of Louisiana State University in the areas of hurricane research, disaster science, computation and technology, and counter-terrorism training.
* Building partnerships between management scholars, emergency preparedness and response practitioners, and corporations.
* Producing high quality, applied research that draws from the multiple disciplines that inform disaster management.
* Disseminating learning though meaningful executive education programs and publications for business and government managers.


What is this institute about?

* Centrally about management (not tactics, technology, policy, etc.)
* About the special problems of large events, not day-to day emergency response operations (house fires and ambulance calls) –so, it’s about disasters.
* About all hazards (not confined to one type of event, but applicable to all disasters, whether accidental or willful, natural or manmade, foreseen or unexpected).
* Focused on activities that directly affect life safety. This includes protecting people, their companion animals, their livelihoods, and their property.
* About the timeframe immediately before and after a disaster occurs. This includes both near-term preparedness to respond and immediate response itself. It does not include mitigation, long-term preparedness, or recovery, except to the extent that these are directly relevant to response or response is relevant to them.
* About high-quality applied research that tackles hard, persistent problems to develop practicable solutions.
* About collaborative work between scholars and practitioners (responders, business executives, elected officials).
* About dissemination of new knowledge through two primary means: publication and education.
* About executive education–teaching managers how to deal with disaster circumstances (not undergraduate degree programs, or task-level training for responders).

Institute for Behavioral Economics : The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona

Economists have developed sophisticated methods — game theory, experiments, econometrics — for examining behavior but often make simplistic assumptions about human nature. Psychologists typically use less fancy methods but entertain a richer description of man. Behavioral economists attempt to combine sophisticated methods with richer descriptions of man. The Institute for Behavioral Economics (IBE) supports related research and teaching endeavors.

Vision : Institute for Behavioral Economics : The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona

VisionResearch results charted on computer.

The field of economics uses sophisticated mathematical and econometric methods, but relies on relatively simplistic assumptions about human nature. Research in neighboring social sciences, by contrast, generally uses less sophisticated analytical methods while entertaining a richer description of man.

Behavioral economics (BE) combines the strengths of both approaches, incorporating psychological insights into economic analysis, typically with continued use of sophisticated analytical tools.

BE has recently become the fastest growing field in economics and by many accounts the most exciting. The background is a wealth of evidence, often experimental, identifying empirical phenomena that are not adequately explained by traditional economic analysis. BE develops new models that incorporate emotions, fairness, reciprocity, social norms, bounded rationality, myopia, etc. The research often builds on game theory, which provides more flexible tools for this purpose than classical price theory or general equilibrium theory. BE is developed hand-in-hand by theorists and experimentalists, with many scholars having a foot in each camp.

By its nature, BE is cross-disciplinary. Economists are informed by researchers in other fields, such as psychology, sociology, philosophy, and the neurosciences. In return, BE offers analytical tools, models, and modes of thinking that can enhance the research of scholars outside economics.

The goal of the Institute for Behavioral Economics (IBE) is to promote research and teaching in the field of BE. The director and other affiliated scholars wish to inspire by teaching and research, to provide advice and guidance to scholars and students, and to organize seminars, mini-courses with invited speakers, and conferences. Colleagues and students from other departments than economics are encouraged to become a part of the IBE and to participate in the exciting research of the Institute. The IBE plans to bring behavioral economics researchers to town to collaborate under the auspices of the IBE. The hope is to place the University of Arizona at the vanguard of behavioral economics.

For more information, please contact us.

UCLA Anderson School of Management | Center for International Business Education & Research

What are the Themes and Issues that the UCLA CIBER Grant Addresses?CIBER achieves its program goals in three ways:

* Teaching and Curriculum Development
* Faculty Development and Research Support
* Outreach to the UCLA community and the Los Angeles business, diplomatic, and education communities

The UCLA Anderson CIBER grant has been renewed for a new four year period starting in October of 2006. This grant will focus on four management issues thought to be critical for maintaining US industry competitiveness in the next decade. They are:

* Intellectual Property
* International Entrepreneurship
* Services Industrialization
* Security and Risk in Global Business

Who Benefits from CIBER, and What Programs does CIBER at UCLA Provide?

The client groups served by CIBER programs are students, faculty, cross campus centers and institutes and the business community at large.

To support teaching, CIBER provides funding to encourage new international course development and initiates with faculty new courses where needed. Examples includes Public Policy 290 offered in the Spring 2007 Quarter, “Terrorism & Counterterrorism: Public and Private Responses” and the Key Regions topical course. Through the International Management Seminars (IMS), UCLA faculty get an opportunity to work with international executives in one-week learning programs. CIBER supports foreign language education for business at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and sponsors immersion programs each summer in Lima, Peru, and Shanghai, China. CIBER also has organized and supported faculty retreats to review, change, and develop international perspectives in all academic areas’ course offerings, support of student study tours, and international associations activities.

Each year CIBER sends out several research calls for proposals to faculty and Ph.D. students for international oriented research. CIBER research support comes in the form of funds to support all aspects of international research project from the collection of data or purchase of data bases to research assistance and travel to conferences and research sites. In addition, CIBER extends such support to MBA students involved in international field research in their AMR projects. These include social entrepreneurial ventures and microfinance teams.

In its outreach efforts, CIBER works closely with other centers and institutes on the UCLA campus. Beginning within UCLA Anderson, CIBER has initiated and sponsored joint programs with the UCLA Forecast, provided funding support for Center for Management in the Information Economy, support the IS Associates to internationalize their meetings, jointly sponsored research efforts with the Price Center on international entrepreneurship and has supported Anderson’s renowned FEMBA Global Access Program (GAP). Outside of Anderson, CIBER works closely with a variety of other UCLA centers (The Asia Institute, Center for European and Eurasian Studies, Latin American Institute, and African Studies Center) to put on joint programs of research and outreach to the business public.

UCLA Anderson School of Management | Center for Finance & Investments

Transforming Fundamental Knowledge into Applicable Practices in the Global EconomyThe Center for Finance & Investments (CFI) represents a true unification of research and practice in the field of finance. CFI sponsors research, teaching and the application of financial knowledge in the global corporate and investment community. CFI expands UCLA Anderson’s capability to publish and disseminate world-class research to the public. It takes a leadership role in recruiting and retaining outstanding faculty and scholars. CFI also supports promising Ph.D. and MBA students in their efforts to understand the issues and challenges in finance that arise from a rapidly evolving global and technological environment.

The Center for Finance & Investments has three main areas of emphasis:

1. Investment Management
2. Corporate Finance
3. Financial Engineering

Investment Management focuses on research and education in such key areas as:

* Risk and return
* Performance measurement
* Optimal portfolio choice
* Mutual funds, hedge funds and other investment vehicles
* Behavioral finance

Corporate Finance encompasses research and education related to topics important to individual firms, such as:

* Mergers and acquisitions
* Corporate governance
* Capital structure
* Taxation and regulation
* Bankruptcy and financial distress
* Venture capital and entrepreneurship

Financial Engineering sponsors research and education in areas such as:

* Option valuation theory
* Derivatives markets and applications
* Mortgage and real estate market analysis
* Risk measurement and management
* Fixed income modeling and techniques
* Dynamic portfolio choice modeling

New Directions in Research, Curriculum and Outreach
A particularly exciting development in our finance curriculum occurred in July, 2005 when University of California president Robert Dynes gave final approval to UCLA Anderson for a new degree program, a master’s in financial engineering. The students graduating from this intense one-year program will be highly trained in quantitative analysis and prepared to immediately take on positions of responsibility in sophisticated financial firms.
With a commitment to curriculum development, CFI enhances the depth of course offerings in the MBA, MA, Ph.D., and Executive Education programs, ensuring that graduates of UCLA Anderson are prepared for the complex world of global finance. Finally, with conferences, symposia and publications directed toward academics, financial practitioners and industry executives, CFI contributes to the education of finance and investment professionals worldwide.

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