IBA: Update

Since my freshman year, I have been a member of the International Business Organization. At the end of my freshman year, I was elected to the position of secretary, and at the end of my sophomore year, I was elected to the position of president. Being involved on the executive team made me realize how much goes on behind the scenes of an organization. The speakers, the location, the time, the food, the direction that the club takes, the brand that the club has throughout the business college and the University of Oklahoma – that’s all up to the executive team. Because I am going abroad during the spring 2017 semester (be on the lookout for awesome posts from Chile), I was only able to be in the position of president for a semester. However, it made me realize how much growth the International Business Association still has to do. One of the things that I struggled with the most was figuring out what direction to take this organization – is this an organization just for business majors, for international business majors, should we allow international students to join, do we want to focus more on culture or more on the business aspect, etc.…. Culture is such a huge part of international business, yet there is more to a country’s culture than language or clothing, which oftentimes is the focus of international business. There is more to focus on – government structure, legal structures, risk aversion, gender structures, and so much more… This semester made me realize that the International Business Association needs to address more of these issues versus just the overall “culture” issues of international business.

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