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Further IMBA Adventures in Chile

While our IMBA students are busy with their four graduate business courses, we have squeezed in a bit of fun and some very insightful corporate business meetings. Over the weekend we journeyed to Valparaiso (Chile, not Indiana) and toured the port as well as the UNESCO World Heritage city. Our weekend was spent on the Pacific beach at Vina del Mar. The Pacific Ocean may be chillier than Lake Michigan in the summer, but that did not deter dipping toes into the waves and even a bit of body surfing.  It was a beautiful and relaxing weekend, with plenty of fresh fish and Chilean wines to sample.

Today we visited Caterpillar and their Chilean dealer, Finning. CAT in the U.S. is our Illinois neighbor in Peoria and we knew of their international business.  Their presentation today perfectly synthesized several focal concepts that the students had been studying in their International Marketing, Global Human Resources and Supply Chain Management courses. Afterwards we toured the facilities and witnessed 3500 horse-power motors and giant pieces of equipment being serviced and renovated, much of it for Chile’s copper-mining industry. If a picture is worth a thousand words, we have some wonderful pictures of our group among the huge pieces of equipment that I will attach to my next blog.

Mary Ann

  • By Mason D. on 1.15.2014 at 10:43 am

    Very jealous of the miniature beach vacation! Glad to hear that the students are enjoying themselves in the course, both in-class and out! Definitely looking forward to those photos.

  • By Danielle on 1.15.2014 at 1:22 pm

    What great experiences! I love that students are seeing concepts that they have studied in their classes put into real-life situations. I can’t imagine what the tour was like—I hope you post those photos soon!

  • By Saba Ahmed on 1.17.2014 at 12:44 pm

    The CAT/Finning visit was great! We discussed what we learned for days afterwards. I also enjoyed all of our other visits to Seimens Chile, ddb, Walmart and more. It’s really invaluable to see what we’re learning in practice, and its fascinating to watch these companies operate in international markets.

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