Visiting International Scholars at TAMIU Strengthen International Business
Dr. Ana Rosa Del Águila Obra and Dr. Antonio Padilla Melendez,
associate professors in management at Málaga University in Málaga,
Spain, have spent the Fall semester conducting post-doctoral research
at Texas A&M International University's Department of Management Information
Systems (MIS) and Decision Science, and interacting with TAMIU students
with the goal of helping them develop a global mindset.
Dr. Obra's current research interest is Internet adaptation. She helps
students make the connection in MIS with the management area in the way
businesses use technology to sell, change the organizational structure,
and develop electronic commerce.
Obra finds general strategy, an aspect of management, especially intriguing.
"I find it interesting how strategies have changed with the development
of Internet in order to have better, different facilities," said
Obra and students in the TAMIU Ph.D. program identify the way in which
companies need to compete globally.
"Now that the business environment is global, companies have to
develop advantages in relation with other companies. You have to use the
technology tool but you need more things. Technology is not enough. You
have to have better programs and better services. You just have to be
better," explained Obra.
Obra has co-authored books and contributed to journals and textbooks
including topics such as electronic commerce, organization forms, and
business strategy among others.
According to Obra, Laredo's culture and weather are not that unique.
She said people in southern Spain are very much like Laredoans. She also
mentioned the similarities in spicy food and diversity in Mexican cuisine.
Spain's educational system is working to change its structure to mirror
that of the U.S. standard, Obra explained. This change is not only happening
in Spain. The European Union is looking to make this change between 2005
and 2007. Obra pointed out that the alteration in the educational structure
will lead to the accreditation of degrees throughout Europe, as a result
promoting the mobility of students and teachers.
Dr. Melendez's main research interests are e-business strategies, academic
entrepreneurship, and trust in electronic markets and he focuses on the
study of telecommuting structure in business.
He agrees technology simply is not enough. Melendez advises the Ph.D.
program students that in order to make technology useful, tangibles and
intangibles are needed in the structure of the business.
Melendez said TAMIU differs from Spanish schools in that students here
are culturally diverse and most speak more than one language.
"Variety is interesting for Ph.D. programs. In some cases in Spain,
some programs only have students from the same city or maybe the same
state. I think for our experience it is very good," said Melendez.
He said it is important that students and teachers experience that international
Melendez pointed out that he and Obra have gained a good professional
experience through Dr. Ned Kock, associate professor and interim chair
of the Department of MIS and Decision Science, and other faculty at TAMIU
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