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SML International Week 2016: Internationalization of SMEs

The SML held its third International Week from 18 – 20 April 2016. Guest speakers from SML partner universities around the world as well as representatives from various companies participated in this year’s program.The theme this year was “Future Business: Internationalization of SMEs”, and topics included offshoring, cross-cultural issues, global challenges in human resources, and challenges of SMEs wishing to work in China. SML International Week ended on Wednesday evening with an evening symposium about the future of Europe as a place of production.

 This year’s guest speakers from our partner universities (FLTR): Dr. Eliza Przezdziecka (Warsaw School of Economics),  Prof. Howard Arthur Davies (Hong Kong Polytechnic University),  Prof. Doerte Busch (Berlin School of Economics and Law), Prof. Carol Sánchez (Grand Valley State University), Dr. Christopher M. Conway (IÉSEG School of Management),  Dr. Stefano Nachmias (Nottingham Trent University), Prof. Arvind Ashta, (Burgundy School of Business), and Prof. Sandro Trento (University of Trento).

This year’s guest speakers from our partner universities (FLTR): Dr. Eliza Przezdziecka (Warsaw School of Economics),  Prof. Howard Arthur Davies (Hong Kong Polytechnic University),  Prof. Doerte Busch (Berlin School of Economics and Law), Prof. Carol Sánchez (Grand Valley State University), Dr. Christopher M. Conway (IÉSEG School of Management),  Dr. Stefano Nachmias (Nottingham Trent University), Prof. Arvind Ashta, (Burgundy School of Business), and Prof. Sandro Trento (University of Trento).

Guest Speakers from America, Asia, and Europe
This year’s International Week was a great success, with hundreds of students and numerous members of staff attending lectures and other events. SML International Week is held biennially to raise students’ awareness and promote their understanding of issues of great international relevance and help raise the international profile of our university. The program included guest speakers from prestigious universities in America, Asia and Europe. A series of practical workshops enabled participating students and staff to immerse themselves fully in different business topics. Senior company representatives from four successful Swiss SMEs – Habegger Group, Gütermann Zwicky, PGMM, and Purest – provided different perspectives on how businesses can grow internationally.

Prof. Howard Arthur Davies explained the cultural concerns of foreign SMEs operating in China.

Prof. Howard Arthur Davies explained the cultural concerns of foreign SMEs operating in China.

Introducing Our Partner Universities
As in previous years, the program of activities included the SML International Fair. For three days, the event brought together local students and guest students from all over the world. It showcased some of our partner universities and enabled them to attract SML students for their exchange programs. In line with the international ambiance of SML International Fair, the SML cafeteria served international delicacies.

Foreign exchange students promoting their regions and home universities at the International Fair.

Foreign exchange students promoting their regions and home universities at the International Fair.

For more pictures of SML International Week, visit the SML Gallery.

Contact: Maya Gadgil, International Management Institute

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