Global Research Initiatives
Understanding the whole world of business.
Here at the Ahlers Center for International Business, we are deeply committed to advancing international business knowledge. We do this by supporting USD faculty for their work and collaborations, as well as others in the international business community of scholars. This includes research awards, journal sponsorship, research sponsorship and workshops.
For information on the funding available for USD faculty to support internationalization, contact the director of the Ahlers Center.
International business research awards
The Ahlers Center supports and recognizes the international business research of the full-time faculty at the School of Business through research awards. These awards recognize published papers, books, book chapters and case studies of significant interest that contribute to the academic business community. Review these guidelines for applying to see how you might be eligible to receive an international business research award.
Here are a few of the recent publications by USD faculty who have received support from the Ahlers Center:
Pengcheng Zhu, assistant professor of finance
Dutta, D., Malhotra, S., Zhu, P. Internationalization Process, Impact of Slack Resources and Role of the CEO: The Duality of Structure and Agency in Evolution of Cross-Border Acquisition Decisions. Journal of World Business
Alyson Ma, professor of economics
Ma, A., Van Assche, A. (2015). Spatial Linkages and Export Processing Location in China. The World Economy
Carsten Zimmermann, associate professor of management
Kortmann, S., Gelhard, C., Zimmerman, C., Piller, F. (2014). Linking Strategic Flexibility and Operational Efficiency: The Mediating Role of Ambidextrous Operational Capabilities. Journal of Operations Management, 32 (7/8), 475-490.
Maria Kniazeva, professor of marketing
Kniazeva, M. (2015). Eastern Spirituality in the Western Marketplace. Qualitative Market Research. An International Journal, special issue "Journey to the West: Rethinking, 18 (Issue 4), 459-476.
Rangapriya Kannan-Narasimhan, assistant professor of management
Norlander, P., Erickson, C., Kuruvilla, S., Rangapriya, K. (2015). The Offshoring of Knowledge Work and the Emerging Structure of Employment in the Global Economy: A Case of India. E-Journal of International and Comparative Labour Studies, 4 (1), 1-31.
Supporting international research through journal sponsorship and case development
The Latin American Business Review (LABR) is a refereed journal, published four times a year, that facilitates the exchange of information and new ideas between the academic, business practitioner, public policy maker and those in the international development community. The LABR is a joint publication by the School of Business at USD and the Graduate School of Business (COPPEAD) at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, the Universidad de Chile, and is sponsored, in part, by the Ahlers Center for International Business.
Since 1996, the Ahlers Center for International Business, jointly with EGADE/ITESM (Mexico), has endowed an award for the best teaching case presented at the Business Association of Latin American Studies (BALAS) annual meeting.
Supporting collaborative research through workshops
The Ahlers Center assists full-time School of Business faculty via financial and logistical support to organize and host mini-seminars, workshops or half-day symposiums on topics in international business including such areas as global entrepreneurship, sustainability, poverty alleviation through business solutions, regional trade and business issues and more.
One of our faculty's most impactful teachings was the Utilities at the Base of the Pyramid (BOP) Research Workshop, a special project sponsored by the Ahlers Center and AES Corporation. This workshop explored the challenges of utility services for emerging BOP business models and improved academic research on the BOP.
The Ahlers Center for International Business also sponsored a research project and workshop on "The Trade Regionalism of the US and the EU: Cooperative or Competitive Strategies?" The focus of the research project and workshop was to contrast and compare the regional trade strategies of the European Union and the United States with regards to Asia, Latin American and the Middle East and Africa. The results of the project were published in The International Trade Journal.