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A few weeks ago Dec 2011 Master in International Management candidates finished their final class, MIM 509 Global Business Immersion. Immersion is an intense weekend of analyzing, strategizing, research, and competition. This is a weekend class where MIMers have the opportunity to “put it all together” – everything they have learned, experienced, and studied in their 15-27 months in the program (15 months for full time and 27 months for part time students).
What can current and future MIMers look forward to in Immersion weekend? Here is the basic breakdown of what students can expect. Continue reading
This article seemed worth sharing even though it is from a nursing journal. The information is still universal and relevant to those who are in the job search process at this time. I have included most of what I think will interest MIMers from the article and have made a few slight modifications in wording to make it more relevant to the general business environment versus the medical environment.
The following is from American Nurse Today, January 2011, Volume 6, Number 1, “Waltzing Through the Behavioral Job Interview”
What you need to know to ace this nontraditional interview style Continue reading
One assignment students were required to do in the MIM 564 Global Human Resource Management class this past spring 2011 term, taught by Dr. Sully Taylor and Dr. Berrin Erdogan, was to choose any country that currently did not have an SAP Lab, thoroughly research the country’s Human Resource Management (HRM) policies and practices, and defend a conclusion as to whether SAP should expand with an R&D center in that particular country.
Although the PSU Master in International Management program specializes in Asia studies, MIM classes also incorporate a variety of countries and international assignments in the curriculum. Our MIM 564 team of four chose to research Brazil due to its rapid expansion, its relatively young history as a major manufacturing hub and more recently as a financial hub for Latin America. In addition, our team looked forward to learning a little more about Brazil’s economy and workforce as it relates to HRM with the excitement of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro. On another note, just a three cohorts ago, the MIM program was lucky enough to have a student from Brazil. Continue reading
The Master in International Management program does incoming students a wonderful service by offering a four-day team building retreat and camping trip in central Oregon. This amazing experience kicks off the start of what I will refer to as “MIM Love.” The team-building excursion facilitates friendships that will last through the 15-27 month program and will even extend beyond graduation. Considering that the MIM cohort is made up of roughly 50 percent international students from countries such as China, Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Laos, Iran, Jordan, etc., the MIM team building retreat is an excellent way to break through the ice and get classmates used to the kind of close interaction they will engage in for the duration they will be in school.
Once MIM Love has been established among your cohort, you will feel like you’re one big happy family while you’re in the honeymoon phase. This is a wonderful feeling! It is so fun meeting so many new people and having new friends to hang out with! Everyone is excited to learn new words in each other’s languages; laughs are shared over teaching each other the nuances of the different cultures… Everyone wants to put on his or her happy face during this time.
Now, go beyond the fun times and the excitement of getting to know your 40+ new friends and get to know the real person behind that smile. Go beyond basic chatting over good food and reach out to your classmate sitting across you at lunch or next to you in class.
Your international classmates who have moved over here to go to school for the next 15 months have their own individual stories. Some have never been to the U.S. before. This may be the first time they have left home for such a long duration and many who are new to the U.S. are going thorough major culture shock and they may not show it outwardly.
You will discover that your international classmates might have had a very different lifestyle in their home country. Expectations were different in their home country. Back home, the classroom experience was very different. They dressed and acted differently. They used to be outgoing and a “take charge” type of person but now they are not so sure of themselves because they are having to communicate every day in a language that is not their native tongue (and soon, in classes they will have to communicate in business terms in a language that is foreign to them – can you imagine doing this in a foreign language if English is your native tongue?). Maybe they had their own cars and were very independent and now they are in the U.S. and have to rely on public transportation. Most likely your international classmates will miss the food they used to eat at home and some may resort to cooking but may have a difficult time getting to Asian grocery stores that are far away from campus.
So those of you, who are Portland locals or have been living in the Portland Metro area for quite some time and know your way around, reach out to your classmates who are not from the U.S., as well as to those who just moved here from other states. I know that things get quite hectic while you are in school, but take the extra step and offer your classmate that ride home, round up a few of them for a group grocery shopping trip to an Asian grocery store, ask them how they are adjusting to life in the U.S. and see if there is something you can do to help make that adjustment easier. Maybe it is as simple as help take their family member to an appointment or provide advice on updating a resume. Beyond MIM Love, REALLY get to know your classmates. And remember, withhold judgment. You might be surprised when you learn more about the real person under the smiling face.
After returning from the MIM Asia Trip last March and discovering the awesomeness of authentic ramen in Tokyo, Japan, I was determined to try to hunt down the best ramen in the Portland Metro area. So I rounded up a few willing participants and started the “Tour of Ramen.”
Going on tips and leads from other foodie friends, Japanese friends, and friends who have experienced Japan, Tour of Ramen went on three Ramen excursions before the whole experiment got out of control in a good way. I used a rating scale from 0-5, zero being the worst ramen to ever exist, and five being the best ramen outside of Japan in the Portland Metro area. My final judge for each ramen excursion was Naoki, our one MIM Japanese student in the 2010 cohort.
2838 SE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97266
Number of participants: 4 (three Americans – two whom have been to Japan, and one Japanese)
Ramen arrives, and Naoki looks at it and exclaims, “What is this?!” (Uh oh.) He explains that the broth has not been cooked long enough to give the ramen a deep flavor. The noodles are not hand made. The pork is thinly sliced, wimpy, and pretty bland compared to the thick, flavorful pieces of pork you get in your ramen in Tokyo, Japan.
Tour of Ramen Rating for Shogun Noodle (0-5): 1.5
Second stop for Tour of Ramen: Yuzu (Yuzu is tricky to find due to their lack of signage and the fact that it is a little hole in the wall place in a strip of businesses)
4130 SW 117th Ave., Suite H, Beaverton, OR 97005
Number of Participants: 7 (Four Americans – one whom has lived in Japan for a few years, three who have been to Tokyo, Japan, a Romanian-American who speaks Japanese fluently and has also spent a significant time in Japan, a Shanghainese who spent half her life in Japan, and one Japanese)
Yuzu was recommended by a Shanghai MIM alumni who spent half her life in Tokyo, Japan. Naoki was impressed with their ramen. He noted that although the noodles were not hand made, their broth had a very intense and deep flavor like that of ramen broth in Tokyo, Japan. Yuzu did a good job cooking their broth long enough to bring out the flavors. Everyone agreed Yuzu’s ramen was very tasty.
Tour of Ramen Rating for Yuzu (0-5): 4.0
Third stop for Tour of Ramen: Shigezo
910 SW Salmon St., Portland, OR 97205
Number of Participants: 11 (A Chinese-American originally from Hong Kong, two Koreans, a Romanian-American who speaks Japanese fluently and has also spent a significant time in Japan, a Shanghainese who spent half her life in Japan, five Americans – all of whom have been to Tokyo, Japan and one who has lived in Tokyo for a few years, and one Japanese)
Shigezo was recommend by a friend-of-a-friend that is from Japan (he also recommends the grilled chicken wings – order without sauce as it is served in Asia, which is, btw, very delicious). We were all impressed with Shigezo’s ramen. The portions are huge; you can order sides of egg, nori, and vegetables (ask for the sides menu if they do not give it to you initially). You can share a large bowl of ramen with two people and save a little money that way. Naoki gave Shigezo a 4.2 out of five, beating out Yuzu by 0.2. I asked why and he explained that the 0.2 extra points were given for Shigezo’s hand made noodles but that Yuzu’s broth is cooked longer and has a deeper more intense flavor than Shigezo’s broth, which is clearly not cooked quite as long. The great thing for MIMers is that Shigezo is located on the corner of SW Park and SW Salmon at the end of the South Park Blocks, walking distance from Portland State University campus! Shigezo also serves dinner until 10pm and has a late night menu until 11pm and 12am on some nights. One negative about Shigezo is that the wait for food is unpredictable, especially when they are busy and if you bring a larger party. It is not the place to go if you are in a rush to eat and run.
Tour of Ramen Rating for Shigezo (0-5): 4.2
Other ramen places to try with friends: Mirakutei and Biwa. I have been to both but not with the Tour of Ramen team and my official Japanese rater so I will refrain from giving my opinion of their ramen in this blog. Since the Tour of Ramen team keeps growing by 3-4 people each time, I don’t think either place is big enough to support 15-18 people showing up for dinner!
See, it’s not all work in the Master in International Management program!