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Cultural Dynamics in Global Business

February 28th

Featuring: Randy Smith, 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, Randy Smith will address implications for engineers and introduce 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.  Randy will be joined by a panel of professionals in engineering who represent different social identities and national origins, with career experience living and working all around the globe.  As participants learn about the BMIATM as a leadership tool that can be used to enhance how they think about and navigate new cultures, our professional panel will provide real-life examples of the concepts from each of the six BMIATM lenses.  Question and answer will be encouraged throughout and Leadership Academy members will have time to further network with the professionals following the formal program.

Lead Presenter: Randy Smith

Now retired, Randy Smith previously served across the spectrum of engineering and business operations roles interacting with teams across continents throughout most of his career.  He most recently served as President for Industrial and Advanced Technology at CH2M.  He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Structural Engineering from Oregon State University and an Executive Studies Credential in Business Administration and Management from Harvard Business School.

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

David Etchart - info coming soon!

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 - info coming soon!

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 is for Leadership Academy Members only. Not a member?  Submit your application today!

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