MBA Students Sail to Course Assignment

January 05, 2010

MBA_Students A hard-working group of graduate students wrapped up their Fall 2009 course on Global Management (MBA 575) with the ultimate field trip––a weeklong December cruise to the Caribbean.

While the trip was enjoyable, it was also serious work for the 26 student-travelers. The early-semester academic work required students to learn the ways companies must adapt when conducting business in markets with diverse cultural, social, economic, and legal systems. The cruise was arranged to allow them to see the concepts they had been studying at work in real situations at stops in the Grand Cayman Islands, Honduras, Belize, and Mexico.

Class presentations on the local economies were assigned for onboard classroom time between stops. At some destinations, students were able to strike up unexpected conversations with business owners during shopping trips. Other class visits were specifically planned. One student’s family in Honduras invited the group to visit its outdoor-recreation business, where the group got to go zip lining (sliding from tree to tree on a secure above-ground suspension system) in a tropical forest and learn about tourism at the same time.

Students completed their final assignments after the cruise ship returned to Tampa on December 13. Each student was allowed to bring one adult guest along on the trip.
Saint Leo’s MBA program is constantly developing travel-study opportunities. For more information, contact Ashley Henderson at ashley.henderson@saintleo.edu.