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Cultural Dynamics in Global Business

February 28th

Featuring: Jeff Sheng, Izabela Gutowska, Amir Razmi, David Etchart

Leadership Academy Pillar: INCLUSIVE

The world is increasing interconnected and business is global.  So what does a global economy and complex market ecosystems mean for engineering?  How can aspiring engineering leaders prepare to operate effectively in this environment?

In this session, we addressed implications for engineers and introduced Leadership Academy members to the Business Model of Intercultural Analysis (BMIATM)--a framework that utlizes six lenses for analyzing cross-cultural interaction in business environments.  Our panel of professionals in engineering represented different social identities and national origins, with career experience living and working all around the globe.  As participants learned about the BMIATM as a leadership tool that can be used to enhance how they think about and navigate new cultures, our professional panel provided real-life examples of the concepts from each of the six BMIATM lenses.  Question and answer was encouraged throughout and Leadership Academy members will had time to further network with the professionals following the formal program.

Professional Panel: David Etchart, Izabela Gutowska, Amir Razmi, Jeff Sheng

David Etchart

Izabela Gutowska:  After working at different engineering positions at  AREVA NP (France) and General Electrics (Poland), Izabela Gutowska is currently an Assistant Professor Senior Research at the School of Nuclear Science and Engineering in the College of Engineering at OSU. As a Fulbright Graduate Student Award (2012) grantee, she completed the PhD program at OSU in 2015.  Izabela also holds Master's and Bachelor's of Science degrees in Power Engineering from the Warsaw University of Technology.  

Amir Razmi is an international and multi-functional chemical engineer with 12 years of experience in engineering, procurement, construction, leadership and management of engineering and EPC in high-tech oil, gas and petrochemical projects from pre-contract activities, initial conceptual design to detailed design, execution, and closeout. Amir worked with vendors, suppliers and contractors closely. Time, cost, quality, resource, contract, and contractor management to emphases the project goals and objectives.  He currently serves as courtesy faculty at OSU working on novel methods in wastewater treatment.

Jeff Sheng has worked the past 17 years with CH2M, a global engineering consulting company based in Englewood, Colorado. Currently, he serves as senior project manager at the Portland office.  Prior to his current post he worked 8 years as Architect and Managing Director in Taiwan office and 5 years in Shanghai office as Managing Director.  Jeff holds a BS and MS in Architecture from the University of Michigan.



This event was for Leadership Academy Members only. Not a member?  Submit your application today!

(All OSU engineering students in good academic standing are eligible to apply)