Center for Advancing
Global Business

Center for Advancing Global Business

SSE-3356 |  619-594-8599
 [email protected]

The Center for Advancing for Global Business (CAGB) was founded in 2019 with the purpose of expanding international curriculum, research, and engagement between academia and global organizations.


Upcoming Events


Fowler College of Business
Center for Advancing Global Business


invite you to the virtual

Global Economic Outlook: Looking Ahead to 2021     


     Ethan Harris, Head of Global Economics, BofA Global Research


Monday, December 7, 2020



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On October 1, 2020, Mexico published an amendment to Annex 2.4.1 of its Normas Oficiales Mexicanas (“NOMs”) which introduced new import labeling requirements for previously exempt U.S. products. Join us as our panelists provide an overview of these regulations, discuss their implications, and offer guidance for U.S. exporters.


Hosted by the San Diego & Imperial District Export Council in partnership with San Diego State University, Center for Advancing Global Business

Wednesday, December 9, 2020


Moderator Ernesto Grijalva will discuss the following topics with these featured speakers:

Braeden Young - An Overview of Mexico Import Regulations

Gabriel Merino Fausto - Broad Maquiladora Industry Focus, Advice, and Solutions for U.S. Firms

Allen Vigil - What Changes for U.S. Exporters 

Register Here


Japan 2020 FDIB: Redesigning the Business Perspective

June 7 - 16, 2020 Tokyo, Osaka,  Kyoto, Kobe

UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY: Japan, a culture ingrained with a deep sense of reverence for its history and traditions, has also remained at the center of global innovation for the past half century. During this SDSU CIBER organized Faculty Development in International Business Program, we invite you to experience these dual perspectives firsthand. 

Japan 2020 FDIB Registration 


JUN 7 Tokyo

Welcome Reception. 

JUN 8 Tokyo
US Embassy and business visit. Japanese Izakaya dinner.
JUN 9 Tokyo
Business visits. Sumo Demonstration.
JUN 10 Tokyo
Business visit. Cultural tour of Tokyo.
JUN 11 Tokyo - Osaka
Business visit. Depart to Osaka by bullet train.
JUN 12 Osaka
Full day of business visits.
JUN 13 Osaka
Full day tour of ancient capital and notable sites of Kyoto and Nara.
JUN 14 Osaka
Full day tour of Himeji and Kobe.
JUN 15 Osaka
Full day business visits. Dinner with cultural show.
JUN 16 Osaka
Debriefing - end of program.

*please note trip begins in Tokyo and ends in Osaka


Fee Includes:


Early Bird: $3700 (before 1/15/20)

General: $3950 (after 1/16/20)

*based on double occupancy

Single occupancy: add $920

Hotel accommodations

Transfers by private coach

Train ticket from Tokyo-Osaka

Breakfast daily

Some lunches and dinners

English speaking guide

 $500 Deposit:

Early Bird Deadline: Jan. 15, 2020

Final Deadline: Feb. 15, 2020

*please note your space is not held until we receive a $500 deposit along with your registration.


Full Payment: March 3, 2020


San Diego State University CIBER
Tax ID: 95-6042721

Mail to:

Ms. Nancy Nicholson, Senior Project Director
San Diego State University CIBER
5500 Campanile Drive SSE 3356
San Diego, CA 92182-8230


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*Must register before using the payment link

Nancy Nicholson: [email protected]
(619) 594-8599

Through a series of dialogues with Japanese business leaders, government officials, and academics you will learn about methods being undertaken in Japan to maintain its competitive advantage in the global marketplace. A greater understanding of the Japanese ethos will be gained during many opportunities for cultural immersion including: a tour of Himeji castle, walking the ancient capital of Kyoto, experiencing local cuisine, and much more. 


Tokyo: New Otani Hotel or similar
Osaka: Hilton Hotel or similar

Services Do Not Include:

  • Meals or any other item not described in the final itinerary
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Early check-in, late check-out.
  • Normal check out time from hotels is 11:00 a.m. or 12:00 p.m. and check in time is 3:00 p.m.
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks with meals
  • International air to and from Japan
  • Transportation from Osaka to Tokyo*

*Travel from Osaka to Tokyo can be arranged through Asia Getaway for an additional cost.






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Cross Border Consulting (CBC) program available for MBA, MSA, MSIS students

Participate on an internationally-focused consulting team with students from CETYS (Mexico), San Diego State University, University of California San Diego and University of San Diego during the spring semester of 2021. This opportunity is available to full-time and part-time MBA, MSA and MSIS students in the final year of their program.





If you would like to learn more about the Cross Border Consulting program, each image below will direct you to a YouTube playlist. 


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For additional information, please contact: 

Nancy Nicholson, [email protected] or 

Zena Yang, [email protected]


Course Description:

  • Political and economic diplomacy and their influences on business operations
  • Key historical events and their consequences for business 
  • Diplomatic process and outcomes



        Thursdays           4:00 - 6:30 pm 


  • Consent of department Chair.
  • Must be a Junior, Senior, or Graduate student

How to sign up:

  • Upon class registration, log into your SDSU web portal
  • Click on “My class schedule”
  • Make sure to check that you are in the right term. (Spring 2021)
  • Click on “Search” which can be found under “Class Schedule”
  • Select “Management” under Course Subject & type in “22352” for the Schedule Number
  • Click Search & Sign up


Completion of this course will enable students to:

  • Explain and interpret the key concepts in both international business and diplomacy
  • Identify the political and societal events that affect the operations of a firm
  • Evaluate how different factors (economic, political and cultural) and contexts influence the diplomatic process and outcomes
  • Discuss foreign policy objectives of different administrations through historic examples


For more information, please contact: Nancy Nicholson- [email protected]


International Entrepreneurship Scholars is a virtual community that supports International Entrepreneurship (IE) research and education by sharing resources, expertise and knowledge on a global scale. Our hope is that this community will accelerate the development of ideas and approaches to key theoretical, methodological and conceptual issues in this emerging area of study.

We have three types of community building activities: 1) Fostering and accelerating IE research; 2) IE knowledge mobilization and dissemination; and 3) IE community growth and enhancement.


The membership of is truly international: over 750 members in nearly 68 countries.  Most members are affiliated with an academic institution, either as faculty members or graduate students.

Membership is free and we warmly welcome you to join.


Following the tradition established by the inaugural conference held at McGill University (Montreal) in 1998, the annual McGill IE Conference brings together academic scholars, practitioners and policy makers to discuss the potent forces and influences, consequent changes and the dominant pattern(s) of emerging developments in IE.

The annual conference rotates from McGill every second year, and has been held in (e.g.) Finland, Italy, Scotland, Denmark, Chile, UK, Ireland and UAE. The 2018 conference was held in Halmstad University, Sweden.


The Journal of International Entrepreneurship fills the need for a journal dedicated to international issues in the context of entrepreneurship. It offers an outlet for high quality research addressing the opportunities and challenges intrinsic to the field.

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Take BA 795/794 in Prague: May 2020

May 19-23, 2020, Prague- Postponed

  Apply Here

About the class:

Led by Prof. Musteen, the BA 795 class will take place in Summer 2020 (May-July) with a required trip to Prague and Ceske Budejovice (Budweis) in May 19-23, 2020. 

About the client: Budvar, the largest Czech independently owned brewery in Central Europe (operating under the brand “Budweiser” in EU and Czechvar in the U.S.). 

5 slots open for serious graduate students seeking to learn about the global beer industry and assist Budvar in developing its international business.  


BA 795 tuition

Round trip to Prague (financial assistance available)

Most in-country cost (lodging/transportation/some meals) covered by SDSU CAGB

Why go?

  • Work on an exciting BA 795 consulting project 
  • Gain international experience  
  • Travel to Prague, Czech Republic, to meet the client 
  • Sharpen your consulting and cross-cultural skills 
  • Make an impact on international strategy of one of the top breweries in Europe
  • Opportunity to interact with top executives 

Center for Advancing Global Business (CAGB)


Position: Administration, Research and Operations Intern

Reports to: CAGB Intern Program Director

Purpose: To provide research and administrative support on projects.

Unpaid Internship: Minimum of six months (negotiable)



  1. Undertake research projects; write reports and recommendations on the information found. 
  2. Create promotional material and draft marketing letters. Assist with mailings. 
  3. Handle incoming calls in a helpful, friendly and professional manner for CAGB staff in their absence, asking inquirers to communicate their request in writing, taking messages, offering assistance and taking follow-up action to secure the necessary information for the caller when possible. 
  4. Correspond with vendors and respond to inquiries. 
  5. Sort and match staff expense reports and check requests. 
  6. Compile documentation for CAGB programs to increase knowledge about international business in education and research.
  7. Undertake research and database building as needed for the development of CAGB programs.
  8. Assist with events: facilitate photographs, blogging, social media, event set-up and cleanup.
  9. Assist CAGB staff on special projects as needed or any other duties as required to further CAGB programs. 



  • Detail oriented, able to learn quickly and work independently. Strong communication and problem-solving skills.
  • Intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Office; to include production of required Power Points for speeches and presentations.
  • Basic knowledge of letter and email writing procedures. 
  • Fluency in English, with strong oral and writing skills. 
  • Foreign language not required, but preferred. 

Please send your resume and cover letter to Ms. Nancy Nicholson ([email protected]) to apply.

Grant for International Business Research

San Diego State University's Center for International Business Education and Research (SDSU CIBER) continues to support international business education and research across the entire University community and is pleased to announce its Annual Faculty Grant Program. While SDSU CIBER located at in the Fowler College of Business, it seeks to promote international business education and research throughout the university. The general conditions for the grants are:

  • All tenured, tenure-track, and full-time SDSU faculty are eligible to participate
  • Awards may be used for stipends, travel, graduate assistants, data, and research support (excluding equipment)
  • Proposals are encouraged for any amount up to $10,000
  • Multi-year projects which have an extensive scope are also encouraged
  • All proposals will be reviewed irrespective of the budget
  • CIBER will accept application on a year-round basis
  • Reviews will be completed within 4 weeks after the application is received
  • Applications which do not meet the mandate of CIBER will be returned without review

SDSU CIBER will continue to support its Faculty Award Program by allocating funds for high-quality internationally oriented business, language, culture research. Any topic and pedagogy which address CIBER's objectives will be reviewed. A key component of the award is the promotion of research on international entrepreneurship.

CIBER will use a rigorous selection procedure and a stringent accountability model. Competition for the research awards will be announced to the entire campus community. All proposals will be reviewed, with input from experts on the subject matter within SDSU (where possible). Successful applicants will receive funding through a three-tired approach beginning with: 1) project initiation; 2) an accepted SDSU CIBER working paper; and finally, 3) publication in a journal or scholarly book with an international business theme. 

To support this high quality thematic research strategy, CIBER will sponsor a Faculty Development Initiative for Research. An internal audit indicates that there is significant interest in IB research among SDSU faculty member who are not currently doing so.  CIBER will facilitate the conversion of this interest into reality by sponsoring a forum for faculty award recipients to discuss research projects and demonstrate research design to other interested faculty as well as inviting editors from top IB journal to discuss the process of research and how to publish in their respective publications. Faculty award recipients are expected to participate in these activities which are designed to encourage top-quality thematic publishable research. 

Evaluation Criteria for Faculty Awards

The following criteria will be used to evaluate all proposals:

  1. Relevance of the proposal to the objectives of the CIBER program;

  2. Clarity of writing;

  3. Quality of the method and analytic approach;

  4. Potential for publication in a referred journal (or equivalent).

Guidelines for SDSU CIBER Award Submission

Please submit your proposal to Mark J. Ballam, Managing Director. Email: [email protected]


SDSU Mail Code: 8230, Phone: 619-594-3947

All CIBER award proposals must contain:

  1. an abstract

  2. a budget (CIBER reserves the right to re-negotiate the budget of a successful application);

  3. a timeline; 

  4. a current vita

Research- related funding proposals must also contain:

  1. a brief literature review;

  2. a description of the research methodology;

  3. a proposed publication outlet

Study/Travel funding proposals must also contain:

  1. the goal of the project;

  2. a detailed description of the project

  3. the anticipated benefits to teaching effectiveness (in international business);

  4. a letter of support from the department chair confirming the benefits of the program for teaching effectiveness. 

Center for International Business Education and Research





About Us

Mission Statement

Through the Center, San Diego State University and the Fowler College of Business are positioned as thought leaders in promoting international dialogue in the global marketplace. CAGB has its roots in its Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER), which since 1989 has been at the forefront of understanding companies' international needs.

Our Mission

To be the catalyst for global thought leadership by connecting academia with international commerce.

Our Vision

Be a Global Leader and Catalyst for Excellence, Innovation and Collaboration in International Business, Education and Research

Our Values

Integrity and Ethics, Diversity and Inclusion, Servant Leadership & Respect




Dan Novak

SVP, Head of Global Marketing & Communications, Retired 




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AnnaRose Baca

VP Sales & Marketing 

Kendal Floral Supply

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Robert Bowen

Senior Director, Global Trade Compliance and Corporate Counsel

Cubic Corporation


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Wendy Gillespie

President & CEO

Frontier Trading, Inc. and Starhawk Productions

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Julian Parra

Senior Vice President and Business Banking Executive

Bank of America/Merrill Lynch

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Barbara Rose

President & Senior Partner

New Generation Partnerships, Inc.


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Roberto Rubio

Vice President, Controller





 Meet our Alumni


"The research intership helped me with my skills, using databases, analyzing data, and writing detailed reports.  I was also able to network with faculty members." Dema Youhanna

" I was able to gain first-hand knowledge in the decision-making process of organizations. The CAGB internship offered opportunities to network at conferences and speak with members of the San Diego business community." Ryhan Arnett

"My most memorable take-aways were learning how to manage multiple (simultaneous) projects and collaborating with other interns to accomplish large projects with professionalism and efficiency." Kayleigh Heller



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Mark J. Ballam

Managing Director of Center for Advancing Global Business
[email protected]
619-594-3947 |  SSE-3356


Martina Musteen

Martina Musteen, Ph.D.

Charles Hostler Professor of Global Business, Faculty Director of the Center for Advancing Global Business
[email protected]
619-594-8346 |  SSE-3302

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Nancy Nicholson

Director of Charles W. Hostler Institute on World Affairs
[email protected]
619-594-8599 |  SSE-3356

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Zena Yang

Center for Advancing Global Business Coordinator
[email protected]
619-594-8328 |  SSE-3356

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Cristina Flores


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Ekaterina Ghosh


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Carmelina Herrera 


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Paulina Viramontes