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Global Business Careers: Business, Culture, Entrepreneurship, and Information Technology Business in Ukraine

May 14-25, 2022

Cambodia
StartUp Depot Lviv
Hanoi

This study abroad program is intended to give students exposure and experience to the culture and the business environment in Ukraine through exploration of business careers in the innovation sphere. The program will take place in one of the most innovative and culturally rich cities in Europe, the city of Lviv (a UNESCO Heritage site).

The unique aspects the program offers is exploration of opportunities for analytics and technology-based cross-border entrepreneurship and new venture creation in growth sectors of global business.

We will learn how Ukrainian and international entrepreneurs operating in Ukraine have become successful in their careers.  Students will be educated on applying Gallup’s Clifton Strength Finder and understanding their own strengths in the workplace and for team-based projects.

The program has the following components:

  • Business visits to various companies to see how businesses function in Ukraine. Business professionals will also be requested to discuss the leadership function and innovation environment in their Ukrainian firms, and leadership philosophies and styles in Ukraine. Doing cross-border business will be discussed, particularly with emphasis on IT and data analytics.
  • Cultural visits to areas of interest in Ukraine, including the UNESCO Heritage sites in Lviv.  We will spend the last few days in Kyiv.
  • Opportunity to learn and conduct team-based applied cultural research project to explore historical, cultural, policy, and individual basis for success of the Ukrainian and US-based (operating in Ukraine)  innovative and entrepreneurial companies.
  • Exploration of business opportunities in Ukraine, with discussions including US and Ukraine-based entrepreneurs, representatives of the America House, the US Embassy, and the American Chamber of Commerce in Kyiv.

You will have five class meetings and two online meetings during the semester.  Topics will include:

Orientation and cultural overview; Roommate assignments; group company research projects assignment; overview of strengths finder results, other personality tests, and entrepreneurial career paths; overview of geopolitical, economic, social environments; IT entrepreneurship and information security in Ukraine and Lviv region; guest presentations by entrepreneurs and business managers with experience in Russia and Ukraine.

Strengths-based team approach will be discussed prior to the assignments, encouraging student teams to be formed accordingly. Overview of geopolitical, economic, social environments and innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem in Ukraine and Lviv region. Guest speakers, including experts in post-Soviet economic development,  business climate and cross-border entrepreneurs (with experience in establishing startups in post-Soviet Ukraine and Russia) will participate in class discussions to provide first-hand insights. Further, the students will learn about the role of secret services , organized crime, and Russia’s influence in Soviet and post-Soviet political and economic development. Finally, the students will be introduced to the basic anthropological research methods to be utilized in the group company research projects highlighting cultural nuances of doing business and being an entrepreneur in/ with Ukraine.

You will be visiting Lviv and Kyiv, more details coming soon.

At the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss how business works in Ukraine, and by extension, the former Soviet states of Eastern Europe.
  • Articulate successful entrepreneurial skill sets from a personal, Strengths-based perspective.
  • Understand the dynamics of professionalism, successful entrepreneurism, and innovation in the workplace from a growth mindset perspective.
  • Enhance intercultural competence and communication by understanding and respecting different cultural perspectives.
  • Understand and appreciate cultural differences and how other societies operate.

Undergraduates will receive credit for BIT 3954 Study Abroad. This course can also be substituted for the Area 7 requirement. These credits count as elective credits and help to complete the requirements of Pamplin’s International Business Minor.

Students must keep a journal and record their observations on cultural differences between the Ukraine and the US. Students must write a 5-page reflection paper on their experiences after the trip. Participation in all activities of the program is required.

Preparing:

Each student must have a valid passport from their home country. You can apply for a passport in Squires Student Center.

Check with your family physician or country health department to see if you need vaccinations.

These sites have additional information:

Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis once all paperwork is completed. Go to the VT Global Education site for the program and complete the application process here.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Open to all VT students!
  • Minimum GPA: 2.3

Non-business students and graduate business students are also welcome to participate, and will receive 3 credits. Preference will be given to Pamplin students who register prior to December 1.

 

Application deadline December 1, 2021

  • BIT 3954
  • Three Credit Hours

Contact Information

Ellie Walters
1046 Pamplin Hall
(540) 231-3562
leighucc@vt.edu