Now that the week-long study program in Krakow and Warsaw Poland is over and I have reviewed the student reflection papers and their consulting presentations I am struck again by how important global programs are. Not only does the Global Focus program at LFGSM provide an opportunity for students to apply what they learn in class to issues or opportunities in a global context, but it also gives each of them the opportunity to navigate daily routines in that same global context.
The consulting projects, all US companies exploring expansion into Poland, helped structure the kind of meetings and companies visited. Through the lectures of local faculty, students were able to understand the history and context of economic transformation in Poland. Our primary local faculty, Dr. Kris Gluc, posed provocative questions that triggered debate and reflection.