Bachelor of Science in Global Business
The Bachelor of Science in Global Business degree at the Naveen Jindal School of Management is a 120 credit hours degree program that caters to students who seek to focus their business study on the global dimensions. The program provides students with the knowledge and skills required for succeeding in global business strategy. Upon completion of the BS Global Business degree program, students have developed a strong knowledge of:
- Cultural, political and regulatory environments
- International business environments and financial markets
- Cross-cultural communication and negotiation
- International human resources management
The Global Business degree is an excellent choice for students looking for a career in management, government institutions, and international agencies. Typically, global business graduates begin their careers in the domestic operations within an organization and later with an overseas assignments.
A double major is offered in conjunction with the Global Business degree program for students wanting to create a competitive advantage as they enter the job market, particularly in international business.
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The BS in Global Business degree program helps students understand how businesses operate in global markets and how nations, firms and individuals are interdependent with one another. The program enables individuals and organizations to acquire the art of negotiation and communication skills in a global business environment. As firms and jobs in search of cost comparative advantage and entry to new markets, cross borders, GB grads become attractive for international assignments and internships.
Director, BS Global Business Program
Class of 2015
The argument can be made, that there are two kinds of people in the world: the content and the curious. While the content find peace in the circumstances they find themselves in, the curious seek new experiences and adventure. For those of us who are curious about the world beyond what we are surrounded with every day, pursuing an education and career geared to extend beyond our domestic confines is essential to satisfy our curiosity.
As a Global Business student at the University of Texas at Dallas, I had the chance to complete an internship with KPMG in Munich, Germany. As I align with the curious rather than the content, the opportunity to travel abroad and work in a new environment was tremendously exciting. I also realized the opportunity this internship presented for my future as KPMG is one of the Big Four Professional Services Firms in the world. During my time in Munich, I worked with several MNE clients and assisted in audits and client management in respect to IT-Consulting. Personally, I do not have an IT background, but as a business professional, I felt that I would do myself a disservice by not exposing myself to any IT experience throughout my career. I also used my time in Munich to make some great friends at KPMG as well as in the city itself. I made sure to bring excitement to the workplace on a daily basis and do my best to go beyond the work that was presented to me.
I sincerely enjoyed my experience in Munich and realized what a great opportunity this would be for not only myself, but future students of the Global Business program at UTD. I decided to reach out to Professor Hubert Zydorek to discuss the idea of creating a streamlined program which would enable students to intern at KPMG Munich regularly. Following the conversation, I met with the director of the IT-Consulting department: Karlheinz Antesberger. I presented him the concept of a mutually beneficial program which would bring reliable interns to his department regularly and would expose his employees to the evolving minds of UTD students. After peaking his interest, I reconnected with Professor Zydorek and we came up with a proposal, which I delivered before the end of my time in Munich.
The director was pleased to see me go beyond what was asked of me and take initiative at the work place. In response, I felt confident enough to ask him to offer me a referral back home in Dallas for any kinds of opportunities with KPMG and he agreed to recommend me to a partner in Dallas, whom he had met in Paris just a few weeks prior.
Upon my return, I graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Global Business and started my career search. The search was tough and frustrating, but I stayed resilient and was able to use the network I had established through my internship and was connected with a KPMG recruiter a few months after graduating. Several phone interviews and one office interview followed, and I was able to secure a position with KPMG Advisory – Management Consulting in Dallas. This opportunity is the ideal start to my career as I will be able to take on international projects in the future and see the world which has always kept me curious.
The experience of attaining my undergraduate degree in Global Business at the University of Texas at Dallas is one that leaves me with some great memories, mentors, friends, and a great start to my professional career. It is people like Hubert Zydorek, who take an extended interest in their students, that can really make a difference in people’s lives and I am truly grateful to have had him as a mentor throughout my university career.
Thank You Professor Zydorek.
As an alum of the Undergraduate Global Business Program, my perspective of the world around me has grown exponentially. Because of the knowledge and diversity of the professors and my traveling experiences, I now think on a global scale. This program has exposed me to many opportunities because it is not limited to a specific field, and it has prepared me for an international career.
Enrolling in the Undergraduate Global Business Program at UT Dallas was a no-brainer for me from the beginning. Although at first I did not know what to expect, I knew it was what I wanted to do. I cannot express enough how much I value this program. It has left me as prepared as one can be from graduation for a future which includes many challenges. The Global Business program allowed me to gain true insight into the large variety of industries and professionals that fall under the international business umbrella. In my experience, in addition to all of the great resources that come with the program, the handful of genuine helpful professors are what I found most valuable to my development.
The Undergraduate Global Business Program includes great opportunities to study abroad and network with people from all over the world. It allowed me to experience different cultures, learn a new language, and nurture new friendships while studying in Heidelberg, Germany. As the world becomes more interconnected through globalization, the demand for people with the knowledge and skills taught in this program has only increased. Many of our professors have personal experience working, teaching, and/or studying abroad giving students like myself invaluable knowledge and advice to ensure our success in our future careers.
The Undergraduate Global Business degree has provided an opportunity for me to widen my horizons. It has truly prepared me for a successful career in business. The professors go above and beyond in helping students succeed. The study abroad programs provide an all-new perspective to life for us to explore. All of these have helped me develop my interpersonal, intellectual, and communication skills. I also feel I have grown professionally and personally owing mainly to my overall experience as a Global Business major.
Global Business Track
- IMS 4310 Export Market Development
- ENTP 4311 Entrepreneurial Strategy and Business Models
- OBHR 4310 Business Ethics
- OBHR 4352 Negotiation and Dispute Resolution
- FIN 3350 Macroeconomics and Financial Markets
- OPRE 3320 Supply Chain Management
- GEOG 3370 The Global Economy
- ECON 4360 International Trade
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The Global Business Program strongly recommends that students pursue either a track or a double major in one of the following business programs:
- FIN 3330 Personal Financial Planning
- FIN 3350 Macroeconomics and Financial Markets
- FIN 3340 Regulation of Business and Financial Markets
- FIN 3305 Real Estate Principles
- ITSS 4300 Database Fundamentals
- ITSS 4340 Enterprise Resource Planning
- ITSS 4353 Business Analytics
- ITSS 4352 Introduction to Web Analytics
- ITSS 4360 Network and Information Security
Supply Chain Management Track: develop strategic planning
- OPRE 3330 Project Management
- OPRE 4340 Purchasing and Sourcing Management
- OPRE 3320 Supply Chain Management
- OPRE 4350 Global Outsourcing Services
- OPRE 4330 Logistics and Inventory Management
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Track
- ENTP 3301 Innovation and Entrepreneurship
- ENTP 3360 Entrepreneurial Finance
- or FIN 3360 Entrepreneurial Finance
- ENTP 4311 Entrepreneurial Strategy and Business Models
- ENTP 4320 Small Business Management
- ENTP 4350 Corporate Entrepreneurship
- ENTP 4340 Social Entrepreneurship
And choose any 3 courses from the following:
International Political Economy Track
- IPEC 3349 World Resources and Development
- GEOG 3372 Population and Development
- PSCI 4356 International Political Economy
- PSCI 4329 Global Politics
- PSCI 4347 The War on Drugs
- PSCI 4348 Terrorism
- GEOG 3359 Human Migration and Mobility: Global Patterns
- PSCI 4360 The Political Economy of Multinational Corporations
- PSCI 4359 Globalization and International Conflict
- PSCI 4332 Latin American Politics
- SOC 3336 Culture Regions
- GEOG 3382 Russia: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
Alfonso Gonzalez Montesinos
Team Talent and Organizational Development Executive
Business HR Strategy Advisor, Consultant and Coach.
Alfonso Gonzalez Montesinos is Managing Director of the BPI-Group office in Texas. He is a corporate executive, consultant, coach, and entrepreneur with global leadership and organizational development experience; bilingual (English/Spanish) with both work and living experience in US, Europe and Latin America.
Alfonso’s extensive experience combine the strategic width of a Global organizational development, leadership development executive with the clinical depth of a psychoanalyst, and the flexibility and drive of a business entrepreneur; founder and architect of organizations and projects, both nationally and internationally.
Experience and Expertise
As a business entrepreneur Alfonso was founder and Managing Director of Saratoga Institute Mexico, where he worked with Dr. Jac Fitz-enz to create the first Human Value Metrics System and network in Mexico with more than 100 affiliated companies, which later expanded to Latin America. Alfonso designed a leading edge Postgraduate Degree in Advanced HR Change Management with Cornell University for Mexican HR top executives. This program later expanded to other countries in Latin America. Recently he founded his own consulting firm geared towards helping leaders align their organizations to improve business results and to build a comprehensive talent strategy to support business innovation, growth and sustainability.
As a Corporate Executive Alfonso has extensive experience working with global organizations such as Ford Motor Company, The Jefferson Smurfit Group, Kellogg’s Co., Western Union, W. R. Grace and others, supporting HR Leaders and CEO´s and their teams to improve business results through organizational alignment, employee engagement as well as leadership and organizational development strategies, processes and practices, enabling organizations to reach the next level of performance. During these engagements he has played the role of line executive, internal consultant, coach, as well as culture change agent and engagement and Inclusion leader.
As a Coach Alfonso has more than 20 years of experience in industrial and clinical coaching practice helping individuals grow and expand their potential through, coaching, counseling and professional services provided to both individuals and groups, in Mexico, US and Europe.
- B.S. Business Administration, La Salle University
- MS in Clinical Psychology, Universidad Nacionl Autónoma de México
- Degree in Psychoanalysis, Sociedad Psicoanalitica de Mexico and the NY Center for Psychoanalytic Training
- Post graduate Program in Advanced HR Change Management, Cornell University.
Lee’s professional experience is the dynamic fusion of marketing creativity and business management with a focus in luxury markets encompassing fashion, health & beauty, home decor & textiles. With an earliest experience in the Press & PR department at Yves Saint Laurent Haute Couture in Paris (when Mr. Saint Laurent still graced the halls) and then at Sonia Rykiel, Lee’s career was firmly established in the luxury industry. Other creative endeavors in Paris include founding an avant-garde concept store/digital art gallery in the early 90s and serving as the Trend Scout for the city of Paris for Levis Strauss, Europe. Passing through positions of creative direction, brand consulting and CEO of a small company; today Lee has the honor of serving as Marketing Director for Yves Delorme, Inc. where she puts to good use her bi-cultural profile in the domain of luxury home linens.
Lee co-founded Agence5970, an independent laboratory dedicated to conceptual art, using predominately sound, as well as image, exploring concepts emerging at the conjunction of perception and representation and of Time as a structural support of expression.
S. Kerry Tassopoulos
S. Kerry Tassopoulos is Vice-President, Public Affairs, Compliance and Risk Management at Mary Kay Inc., a Dallas, Texas based manufacturer and distributor of cosmetics and personal care products. He is involved in every aspect of the Company’s government relations efforts at the state, federal and international levels. He has led the Company’s public affairs efforts in the European Union, and is currently focused on federal legislative and regulatory matters. Kerry also is responsible for overseeing the Company’s Risk Management and Knowledge Resources Departments. During his 20 year career at Mary Kay, Kerry has provided legal advice to his Mary Kay colleagues on a wide range of issues, including international, federal and state regulatory matters and the manufacture, distribution and marketing of Mary Kay products. He has additional public affairs and government relations experience, gained while Director, Government Affairs at Excel Communications, a direct seller of long distance and telecommunications products, from 1996-2001.
Kerry currently is Vice Chairman of the Direct Selling Education Foundation (DSEF), a member of the Government Relations Committees of both the US Direct Selling Association and the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC), and serves on the Regulatory Affairs Committee of the World Federation of Direct Selling Associations. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Public Affairs Council, the Executive Committee of the Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations, the Board of the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau and a member of the Preeclampsia Foundation Board of Directors. He received his B.A. from Emory University in 1979 and his J.D. from the University Of Georgia School Of Law in 1985. Kerry and his wife Katina live in Dallas, Texas and have three adult children – Harrison, Cynthia and Alexander.
Laura Gatins, CRP, GMS-T
Senior Vice President, Operations
Laura leads our strategic and client initiatives for global operations and supports Altair’s domestic operations staff, with all domestic and global Operations Managers at Altair’s Global Headquarters and Central Region Service Center reporting to her.
Laura is also responsible for:
- Supporting the Operations Managers with continuing communications and account maintenance, quarterly progress meetings, and analysis of various reports.
- Providing team support as an expert advisor on mobility issues.
- Performing ongoing policy benchmarking and analysis, program evaluation, and providing enhancement suggestions.
Laura joined Altair’s Global Headquarters and Central Service Center in Plano, Texas, in August 2010. Laura began her relocation career in 1998, working for a relocation company where she held management roles providing support for both domestic and global services.
Laura is a member of the Worldwide ERC® and holds their Certified Relocation Professional (CRP) and Global Mobility Specialist, Strategic Talent Mobility (GMS-T) designations. Laura earned her Bachelor of Psychology Degree from Central Connecticut State University and a Master of Industrial Organizational Psychology Degree from Fairfield University. Prior to relocation, Laura worked with patients with traumatic brain injuries and individuals with developmental disabilities
Director (IT) & Shadow Board Member, Tech Mahindra
Nikunj is working as a Director (IT) on AT&T account leading the Digital Experience Business. He has progressively responsible experience in global business, corporate strategy, client relationship management, IT delivery management, innovation, and pre-sales. Nikunj is also a member of the Shadow Board, a small elite group of selected leaders who work with C-Level executives to drive strategic initiatives in the company.
- MBA, Strategy and Finance, University of Texas at Dallas
- MS, International Management, University of Texas at Dallas
- BE (Mechanical), M S University of Baroda
- Global Business Leadership, GlobalNXT University
- Project Management Professional (PMP), Project Management Institute
- Embedded Systems, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay
Rebecca provides personal and dedicated immigration services to a variety of corporations and individuals as well as to non-profit organizations and educational institutions. Rebecca advises corporate clients on a wide variety of immigrant and non-immigrant matters, and provides support with developing strategies for workforce compliance, assisting with due diligence and other immigration issues arising from mergers and acquisitions and addressing and developing I-9 program practices.
Before starting her immigration practice, Rebecca served as a judicial law clerk for the San Antonio and Harlingen Immigration Courts (EOIR) through the U.S. Department of Justice, Attorney General’s Honors Program. Prior to founding JMO, she practiced at prominent national and regional law firms.
Michael S. Williams
Senior Vice President of Global Marketing, Blue Coat Systems
Michael leads the global marketing organization for Blue Coat Systems, a leader in digital enterprise security based in Sunnyvale, CA. In this role, Michael is responsible for strategy and execution across all key functions of marketing including public relations, branding, demand generation and go-to-market strategy.
Michael has spent the majority of his career helping fast growth enterprise software firms achieve the next phase of their development. Prior to Blue Coat, he led Global Field Marketing for McAfee (now Intel Security). Over 8 years, Michael transformed McAfee’s demand generation methodology from a passive model to an aggressive customer-engagement strategy, implementing advanced marketing automation and digital marketing. He has also served as a key executive for marketing and alliances at companies such as Click Commerce and i2 Technologies. He was named by Oracle as a North America Marketing Executive of the year for 2013.
NCH Corporation 2727 Chemsearch Blvd, Irving, Texas 75062 972/579-2721 firstname.lastname@example.org
Wilbur “Jay” Gregory is a Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer of NCH Corporation in Irving, Texas. NCH is one of the largest maintenance and chemical products companies in the world which transacts business through direct marketers. Products include specialty chemicals, oils and lubricants, pet supplies, tools, plumbing parts, biologicals, industrial drain/waste, and water treatment services. NCH is 95 years old, has over 8500 employees, and has branch offices and manufacturing plants on 6 continents. In 2014 NCH had revenues in excess of $1B.
Wilbur joined NCH in January 2014, and reports directly to the NCH Board of Director’s. Tasked with creating a global Anti-corruption program, he is involved in the recruitment and training of staff, compliance policy creation and implementation, enforcement of the Code of Conduct, training, internal investigations, and auditing business practices for fraud and potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).
Wilbur is a member of the Texas Bar and spent 30 years as a Special Agent and Chief Division Counsel (CDC), with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). An experienced Case Agent, he has handled numerous investigations including international drug trafficking, violent crimes, money laundering, property crimes and civil rights matters. As the CDC, Wilbur was responsible for handling all legal and administrative issues impacting operations in the Dallas Field Office. He is a legal instructor and provided guidance on White Collar, Corruption, National Security, Cyber, Criminal and Intelligence matters to over 600 employees and Task Force Officers.
Wilbur has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Ecology from the University of California at Irvine, where he was a two-time All American hurdler in Track & Field. He is a graduate of the University of San Francisco School of Law. Wilbur is married and has two children; a daughter whom is an analyst for the FBI, and a son whom is an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps.
“Sanjay is the the Vice President of Learning Solutions at Integra. Mr. Ahuja has a strong ability to identify and develop change strategies; establish cultural change; and monitor efficacy of changes, with training in organizational change management approaches. He has 22 years’ experience leading large global multi-cultural and multi-location teams, and is recognized consistently by marquee clients with high C-SAT scores and industry recognition. His current practice areas include E-Learning, Human Capital Performance Management, Business Process Improvement, and Technology. Mr. Ahuja is a Project Management Professional (PMP), certified by the Project Management Institute (PMI).”
The World Affairs Council, UT Dallas Chapter, was established in January of 2016. The student organization was formed with the support and leadership from the parent organization, World Affairs Council, DFW. The mission of the UT Dallas chapter is to promote international awareness and cross-cultural understanding to the campus community by bringing speakers and lecturers that are experts on topics that are currently affecting the world. The organization will further engage the students by assembling a panel discussion a week or two after a lecture event to discuss and debate the topics that were introduced by the guest speaker the week before. Volunteer and networking opportunities will also be promoted throughout the semester for students to participate in. The inaugural event was held on February 2nd and featured Jim Falk, President of the World Affairs Council DFW, as the guest speaker.
A priority of the MS IMS program and the BS in Global Business program is to provide students with the opportunity to develop and build leadership skills in and out of the classroom. The Global Business Organization, better known as the GBO, carries out this vision by creating volunteer activities, conferences and speaking events where students get to interact and network with the professional world. Follow their Facebook page