International Business, Cross-Cultural Management Subject of WHT Series Lecture Oct. 26

International Business, Cross-Cultural Management Topic of TAMIU Lecture Wednesday, Oct. 19

"International Business and Cross-Cultural Management" will be the topic of Dr. Jaime Alonso Gómez'  lecture for the Wednesday, Oct. 26 presentation of the Western Hemispheric Trade Keynote Speaker Series at 7:30 p.m. in WHTC room 111.  The lecture was previously scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 19.

There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend.

Dr. Gómez has been a leader in international education, leadership and business development.  His work experience and educational training have been international in character and global in impact.  He obtained a B.Sc. (Industrial Engineering) at Monterrey Institute of Technology in Monterrey, Mexico; a M.Sc. (Applied Systems Design) at The University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Canada; and a Ph.D. (Applied Economics and Managerial Science) at The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania. Gómez conducted post-graduate research work on Quality Management and Engineering at The Association for Overseas Technical Scholarship in Tokyo, Japan.

Currently,  Gómez is Dean and professor of Strategy and International Management of the Graduate School of Business Administration and Leadership (EGADE) at the Tecnológico de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico.  Under  Gómez' leadership, as founding Dean of the Graduate School, EGADE has been recognized as the top business school in Latin America by América Economía (Chile), among the top business schools in the world by the Financial Times (UK) and the Wall Street Journal, among the world's top 15% of business schools in Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development by the Aspen Institute and The World Resources Institute, among the top business non-USA schools by Business Week, and among the top 50 MBA's in the world by Handelsblatt (Germany).

Professor Gómez believes in education in its most comprehensive interpretation, which is as the foundation for societal development and wealth creation.  This definition includes the availability of better jobs and greater income for individuals.  It also serves as a powerful enhancer and energizer for students to become socially responsible individuals.  These students realize that those with access to education, like themselves, are implicitly instilled with a moral obligation to others and to society as a whole. Twenty-five years ago, while working as young engineer coordinating groups of workers in steel and petrochemical companies, this profound belief drove him into a career in education,

He has been a researcher and consultant for companies and/or institutions in more than 100 organizations in more than 40 countries. Formerly a corporate executive and project engineer,  Gómez joined Monterrey Institute of Technology in 1982. As an international scholar, He has taught students from all the Americas, Europe, Far and Middle East, Africa, and is a frequent guest speaker around the world. His areas of interest are: Strategic Management and International Operations and Management.

Professor Gómez has served or serves as The Academy of Management correspondent for the Mexico region, academic advisor for the Center for International Executive Education at Monterrey Institute of Technology, member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Diversity and Cross-Cultural Management at The University of Houston, co-editor of the Latin American Business Review, Member of the Advisory Council of the Instituto de Negocios Internacionales del ESAN, Perú, Member of the editorial Board of Expansion México, Member of the Editorial Board of The Cabanillas Foundation in Alicante, Spain,  Member of the Board at the Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management, Member of the Board of Directors of AACSB and European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS). He also is a Member of the Board of the Centro de Liderazgo para la Mujer, in Mexico City, and a Consultant to the Asociación Mexicana de Mujeres Empresarias (Business Women Mexican Association)  and the Club de Mujeres de Negocios y Profesionales de Panamá (Business and Professional Women of Panama).

In 2005, Dr. Gomez was named "Dean of the Year" by the Academy of International Business.  Association of companies and business schools with more than 3500 members worldwide.

The Western Hemispheric Trade Keynote Speaker Series presents practical and targeted lectures imparted by distinguished leaders, recognized experts and outstanding scholars in the trade and business arenas. The Series brings to the University individuals of exceptional accomplishment and expertise to enhance the academic experience of Texas A&M International University students, faculty and the community.

For additional information, contact Virginia Vincent at the Center for the Study of Western Hemispheric Trade at 956.326.2827, visit offices in WHTC 222D or e-mail vvincent@tamiu.edu

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