• Strategy and International Business Department Established

10/15/2008

Associate Professor C. Gopinath has been named as the first chair of the newly-formed Strategy and International Business Department in the Sawyer Business School.

According to Gopinath, the department will focus on how companies relate to the environment in which they operate, planning and executing strategies which will allow them to grow and prosper within the international arena.

Gopinath’s background makes him well suited to the job. Born in India, he earned a bachelor’s degree as well as two graduate degrees in his native country, before coming to the United States to earn his doctorate in Strategic Management from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

He also spent five years working in sales and purchasing for a consumer products company followed by six years assisting the Chairman of a major corporation in creating business strategies and supervising their implementation.

Gopinath has taught management courses in both India and the United States. Since joining Suffolk he has been thrown himself wholeheartedly into the work of the University. He was a member of the Task Force which revised the Executive MBA Program as well chair of the committee that established the Global MBA Program. He has served as Director of Undergraduate International Programs since 2003.

In addition to his teaching background, Gopinath has written extensively, including his most recent book, Globalization: A Multidimensional System, published by Sage Publications this year. He also writes a biweekly column for Business Line which is published in Madras, India.

He views his appointment as a “great challenge,” but also one which provides “an opportunity to contribute” to the University. “As a department, we are interested in creating a learning environment where students can build their knowledge and skills in the areas of strategy and international business—skills that can be used in the workplace” to advance an individual’s career and make a positive contribution to business.

 

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