About Us

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About Us

At the Center for Global Leadership (CGL), our mission is to build leaders with a sustainable global vision. Understanding cultural idiosyncrasies is key to success in international exchange. No matter the business or non-profit, every organization in today’s economy is impacted by cultural differences in some way. A successful leader thinks globally, mindful of cultural and language barriers as well as legal and political issues that affect organizations both internally and externally.

Our goal is to ensure students can experience foreign culture and commerce first hand. Therefore, our primary focus is to facilitate donor support to provide such access to those Merage School students who otherwise could not afford to study abroad.

This vision to create a more culturally aware student body by providing access to international contexts contributes to the Merage School’s objective of strengthening our global brand positioning—both for the School as well as for individual graduates as they develop broader global perspectives and a thirst for knowledge spanning borders.

Faculty Director

Faculty Director

Eric Spangenberg

 

 

Eric Spangenberg

Dean and Professor

Eric Spangenberg, PhD, dean and professor of marketing and psychological science, is faculty director of the Center for Global Leadership. A Fulbright Scholar with over 20 years of academic leadership experience from Washington State University to the University of California, Irvine, Dean Spangenberg brings with him a unique leadership style that celebrates diversity and inclusivity. He is committed to the study of leadership through his ongoing course, “The Leader’s Role in Sustaining Growth in a Global Enterprise: Perspectives from the ‘C Suite’,” and through his support of dedicated student enrichment programs such as Leadership Experience and Development for Success (LEADS) and The Executive Committee on Campus (TEC). Spangenberg has facilitated such key initiatives as online course delivery which creates greater accessibility for students and the Merage School’s Leadership for a Digitally Driven World branding that continues to inform the strengthening ties with our global business community and new programs. Renowned for his research on atmospherics as well as the effects of self-prediction on people's behavior, among other topics, his work has appeared in several major academic outlets and is covered in popular media including The Economist, Fast Company, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CBS, BBC, and many other international venues.

Students in Prague
“Exposing these young minds to a foreign culture and the companies that operate there is a tremendous privilege. In just one – albeit intensive – week, you can see how the students are transformed, how they are challenged to discover and analyze best practices and understand our differences in an increasingly shrinking world.”
-- Professor Thomas Eppel, Operations and Decision Technologies

Katie Xiong

“As a first generation college student, growing up, I didn't have many opportunities to travel. The Prague International Residential allowed me to see things from a different perspective. After learning about their history, I was able to understand why people in Prague behaved the way they did and how they viewed the world. I began planning my next trip as soon as I returned, which ultimately resulted in visiting eight other countries. This brief traveling experience with the Merage School has opened my eyes to the different opportunities and perspectives that are out there beyond Orange County, and I have been intrigued to further explore ever since.” -- Katie Xiong

Katie Xiong

Photo Contest 

Photo Contest

The Center for Global Leadership holds an annual photo contest related to international commerce. This is a great opportunity to share your unique perspective and experience with the global economy with other members of the Merage School community. Contest submissions may be photos from anywhere in the world and include a caption that tells the story of that experience.

Contest Details: 

  • Submit entries and any questions to cgl@merage.uci.edu
  • By April 15, submit up to three high resolution images (300 dpi) with an educational caption for each submission (200 words max) and a letter certifying that the image was originally photographed by you
  • Up to three entries will be selected as winners prior to June 1.
  • Winners will share a cash prize of $1,000 and the images will be enlarged and framed for placement at The Paul Merage School of Business

CGL Photo Contest Submission

For UCI Students

For UCI Students

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Goals of our international business initiatives include contributing to scholarly inquiry in this area and sharing that knowledge in the classroom and with the community. We provide our students with the tools to effectively manage global enterprise.

We teach our students best practices regarding international operations and employee management as well as development and implementation of effective global business strategies. Our learning environment includes a diverse faculty and student body as well as a broad group of international academic and organizational partners enabling students to develop personal relationships and international networks that will serve them well into the future.

Undergraduate Curriculum 

Undergraduate Curriculum

International Management

MGMT 128

As an undergraduate student in this course, you will study the impact of different cultures, politics and economic systems on assumptions, expectations and organizational practices relevant to conducting business in different national settings. Gain an understanding of the challenges of cross-national management and resources utilized to work and conduct business outside the United States.

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Leadership Opportunities in Global Sustainability (LOGS)

MGMT 190

This undergraduate course includes lectures by sustainability leaders and stakeholders from academia as well as policymakers and commerce executives from all over the world. We will review the concept of sustainability, “the ability to endure,” the data associated with such a bold claim as “climate change is real,” address pending critical issues, and learn how leaders deal with those critical issues.

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Global Strategic Alliances in Sustainability (GSAS)

This undergraduate course is focused on cooperative efforts across organizations aimed at developing effective cross-disciplinary responses to the climate crisis. We will address the following questions:

  • Why and how should organizations cooperate to address the climate crisis?
  • What are the motivations and techniques that would facilitate an integrated-organization, systemic approach to climate change?
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China and The Global Order

MGMT 111

This undergraduate-level course introduces you to China's economic and military relations with the world. You will assess the likelihood for conflict and how to strategically manage business risk in an environment of regional conflict. It includes an original documentary series and engaging discussion.

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Independent Study

MGMT 199

Receive course credit in an individual study under the direction of Merage School faculty. Past projects include:

  • Collaborating with the Irvine Ranch Water District to create an executive education program
  • Creating proposals to partner with international institutions
  • Researching the importance of integrating sustainability in business curriculum

Graduate Curriculum

MGMTMBA 225

Using a combination of theory and practice via negotiation simulations, you will expand your negotiating skills and develop your ability to analyze different negotiation situations and contexts in this graduate-level course.

MGMTMBA 254

You will gain an understanding of the problems and perspectives of marketing across national boundaries and develop analytical abilities for structuring and controlling marketing programs related to overseas business in this graduate-level course. Financial, legal and cultural barriers to international marketing are emphasized.

International residential courses are a highlight of our MBA programs and provide a unique, first-hand opportunity to learn about the macroeconomic, cultural and political issues faced by critical global business players. Recent locations include:

  • China
  • Cuba
  • Dubai
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • Myanmar
  • India
  • Singapore
  • Spain
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam

The inspiration for this program comes from the Peace through Commerce initiative sponsored by the Association to Advance Collegiate School of Business (AACSB) along with the US Peace Corps, the UC Irvine Center for Citizen Peacebuilding, and the Merage School Strategic Plan. Through this program, we provide opportunities for our students to engage with students from other countries in an educational joint venture fellowship program that builds ethical leadership through service in other countries.

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MGMTMBA 299

Receive course credit in an individual study under the direction of Merage School faculty. Past projects include:

  • Collaborating with the Irvine Ranch Water District to create an executive education program
  • Creating proposals to partner with international institutions
  • Researching the importance of integrating sustainability in business curriculum

Leadership Mentoring 

Leadership Mentoring

The Merage School Leadership Experience And Development for Success Program (LEADS), founded in spring 2018, offers a select group of Merage School undergraduate students the opportunity to participate in professional development, mentoring workshops and networking events with Merage School alumni and community leaders. Through the program, students develop highly valued soft skills that will serve them throughout their education and career. The soft skills include networking, relationship building, responsibility, collaboration, communication, interpersonal skills, problem-solving, time management, personal branding, and leadership.

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The Executive Committee On-Campus (TEC) Program is one of the most rewarding and applicable career development experiences offered to selected Merage School MBA participants. Its purpose is to help participants define their personal and professional growth objectives. Open to 12 selected participants, the program requires six group meetings and up to six one-on-one meetings with the chairperson. This on-campus program is the student version of a similar Young Presidents Organization program, which has provided business leadership to over 7,000 CEO members worldwide since its inception in 1968.

Full-Time MBA Program

The Merage School Leadership Experience And Development for Success Program (LEADS), founded in spring 2018, offers a select group of Merage School undergraduate students the opportunity to participate in professional development, mentoring workshops and networking events with Merage School alumni and community leaders. Through the program, students develop highly valued soft skills that will serve them throughout their education and career. The soft skills include networking, relationship building, responsibility, collaboration, communication, interpersonal skills, problem-solving, time management, personal branding, and leadership.

LEARN MORE

The Executive Committee On-Campus (TEC) Program is one of the most rewarding and applicable career development experiences offered to selected Merage School MBA participants. Its purpose is to help participants define their personal and professional growth objectives. Open to 12 selected participants, the program requires six group meetings and up to six one-on-one meetings with the chairperson. This on-campus program is the student version of a similar Young Presidents Organization program, which has provided business leadership to over 7,000 CEO members worldwide since its inception in 1968.

Full-Time MBA Program

Support a Lifetime of Discovery

Every business is global—particularly in today’s digital economy. For many of our students, international residentials mark their first time out of the country, and for some their first time on a plane. Students often report years later how their Merage School international residential sparked a lifetime of learning through travel, helping them to develop and hone the skills necessary to successfully function professionally in international environs. There are several ways to support our students:

Get Involved

There are many opportunities within the Center for executives and academics to share knowledge and experiences with the next generation: 

Become a Board Member
We are grateful to those who have given their time and resources in support of the Center and our programs. Board members provide both financial support and valued input regarding Center initiatives and engagement. 

Become a Speaker
Innovators and academics frequently headline CGL and/or Merage School events as well as student organization events.

Invest in Our Future
Support the Center for Global Leadership through sponsorship of scholarships and events. The Center’s programming depends on investments mady by alumni and friends -- your contributions make a big impact. Please contact us at cgl@merage.uci.edu to discuss your specific interests. 

Tiffany Tran

"Imagine my excitement when I saw that the Paul Merage School of Business would provide an experience where I could explore a part of the world I had never been to before. It was exciting immersing myself into a new culture first hand. I can learn anything through a textbook or presentation, but there is a tangible aspect - the sights, the smells, the environment - that can never be captured through that. I made some great friends, tried authentic Czech cuisine, and learned all about its rich history and business. It was honestly an unforgettable experience...and a fun fact: the flight to Prague was my first airplane flight ever, and the first time I had been out of California." -- Tiffany Tran

Tiffany Tran

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Center for Global Leadership 

Eric Spangenberg
Faculty Director

Diane Sagey
Interim Associate Director - Operations

cgl@merage.uci.edu