CSGR

Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation

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Inaugurated in 1997, the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation (CSGR) at the University of Csgr is the largest academic centre in Europe dealing with this subject area.

News and Events: 

Monday 19 May, 1.00 - 2.00pm, room S1.50 (first floor, social studies building)

CSGR Seminar

Professor Kris Olds, Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison

'Chicago to Singapore, Bologna to Washington DC: institutions, practices, and the globalization of higher education'

  • CSGR Senior research fellow Nikolaus Wolf has been granted the CESifo Global Economy award 2008 for his paper "Endogenous borders? The effects of new borders on trade in Central Europe, 1885-1933" (joint with MS Schulze and HC Heinemeyer).  

  • The papers from the workshop on "The Challenge of Climate Change" - hosted by CSGR - are now available online.

Hot off the Press from the CSGR Working Paper Series

 

  • Gianluca Grimalda and Elena Meschi; Accounting For Inequality in Transition Economies: An Empirical Assessment of Gloabisation, Institutional Reforms, and Regionalisation. (WP 243/08)
  • Priscillia E. Hunt; Heterogeneity in the Wage Impacts of Immigrants. (WP 242/08) 
  • Dwijen Rangnekar; Geneva rhetoric, national reality: Implementing TRIPS obligations in Kenya. (WP 241/08)
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    Business has remained one of the most popularly pursued major at both graduate and undergraduate level. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, most students graduated with a degree in business from 2010 to 2011. Business administration and management offer the varied career options, allowing students to specialize in different business functions and processes.

    Why Study Business?

    • Variety of career choices
    • Diverse specialization options
    • Demand for managerial professionals in many industries
    • Transferable skills- easy to switch careers or industry
    • Career advancement

    Business Schools
    A number of prestigious business schools are offering business programs and business certificate programs at all levels of post-secondary education. Students can prepare for challenging business careers ahead by acquiring a business degree and formal training.
    When selecting a school for a business management degree, make sure you check the accreditation status of the institute. The following organizations are mainly responsible for accrediting business schools in the US:

    • The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
    • The Accreditation Council for Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
    • The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)

    Typically, a business school will offer a bachelor, masters, and doctorate degree in business. Students can opt for any one of these, depending upon their current level of education and career goals.

    Bachelor of Business Administration
    A bachelor degree in business administration is an undergraduate program designed to provide students with in-depth knowledge of business concepts. Students will develop a broad base of business knowledge and skills needed for management careers.
    The curriculum of the program will include a range of topics that cover different business functions and theories. Here are a few topics students will be required to study in the program:

    Alongside theoretical learning in classrooms, students may also be required to participate in projects and assignments. It usually takes 4 years to complete the program. Individuals seeking a shorter route to getting a Bachelor in business administration can opt for an accelerated track.

    Masters in Business Administration
    This is a two-year graduate-level qualification that aims at equipping students with advanced business knowledge and skills. The program will cover a wide range of business-related topics and will help students learn about modern-day business issues. Students will learn how to apply business theories and practices to tackle changing business trends.
    Students will learn how to develop successful business strategies and meet organizational objectives. The curriculum will help students learn about the diverse functions of business, and how environmental factors such as government policies and consumer tastes affect business activity. Here are some of the areas covered:

    • Human capital management
    • Business law
    • Quantitative reasoning for business
    • Economics
    • Organizational leadership
    • Business research and statistics
    • Accounting and finance

    PhD in Business Administration
    A PhD in business administration degree is a post-graduate program that focuses upon advanced theoretical development, skill development, and research. It is the highest level of business education one can receive.
    Students enrolled in the program will learn about the challenges faced by businesses today, and how to develop leadership skills for the corporate world. The main components of the program include:

    • Coursework – Initially, students will cover a range of theory-based subjects in the classroom. These courses will help lay a solid foundation of business knowledge. Areas covered may include: business finance, research methodologies, business and technology, and business strategy development.
    • Comprehensive examination – Students must pass a series of written or oral tests.
    • Research project – the research project is designed to provide students with hands on experience. Students are typically required to complete an independent research on any chosen area.
    • Dissertation – the dissertation comes in the last phase of the program, and must be completed according to the guidelines set by the institute. It must demonstrate the research methodologies used, the process for data collection, findings, and conclusion.

    The program can be completed in 4-8 years, depending upon the pace and the institute chosen. The curriculum may vary from school to school.

    Learning Outcomes
    Students who have earned a business degree will be able to:

    • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of management processes and functions
    • Use interpersonal skills to inspire employees and gear an organization towards success
    • Use different tools and techniques for day-to-day business operations
    • Apply management theories in modern-day business scenarios
    • Develop business strategies
    • Develop business plans
    • Understand the use of marketing, finance, and human resource

    Specializations
    Students can specialize in a distinct area of business such as marketing. Specialization can help one prepare for a specific career in an organization. For example, a business finance degree will enable an individual to qualify for finance-related management roles in organizations. Here are some of the most popular business degrees with specializations offered:

    • Human resource degree
    • Finance degree
    • Supply chain management degree
    • Business marketing degree

      Online Business Courses
      If attending college isn’t possible or feasible, one can enroll in an online business degree. Some may find this mode of learning both flexible and cost-effective. Students can study at any time of the day from the comfort of their home. The coursework of online business courses is covered online via videos, online lectures, and tutorials.

      Enrollment Criteria
      The admission requirements will vary from college to college. Students are not required to have any prior business-related knowledge. However, having a satisfactory academic record can help one seek admission in a well-known school. Other requirements may include a letter of recommendation, official transcripts of previous degrees/courses, and an above average CGPA.

      Employment Prospects
      The career prospects are diverse and challenging. Depending upon the chosen area of specialization, one can apply for management positions in finance departments, marketing departments, supply chain management, and even human resource. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics has compiled data for various management occupations along with their 2012 median annual salary here:

      • Marketing managers - $115,750
      • Administrative service managers - $81,080
      • Financial managers - $109,740
      • Human resource managers - $99,720
      • Top executives - $101,650
      The duties will vary from job to job. With work experience and skill, one can become eligible for promotion. Business management offers a range of career options that are exciting to individuals who want to launch careers and excel in this particular field.