A successful international business career now requires an entrepreneurial mindset, rather than the bureaucratic one of the mid-20th century. The basics—such as marketing or finance—must be supplemented by the ability to establish relationships across the globe and to leverage those relationships into innovative products. Thus, cultural competence and a good sense of logistics are essential in addition to the entrepreneurial attitude. And given the feverish pace of innovation and change in the world, strong fundamental skills—written and oral communication, numeracy, information literacy, teamwork, leadership—provide a strong bedrock to anchor constant changes in tasks and demands. These are some of my expectations for my Suffolk University graduate students.
– Carlos Rufin, Director of Undergraduate International Programs and Associate Professor of Strategy and International Business