Kan. -- An injury and a resulting six-month trip delay allowed two College of
Business and Entrepreneurship faculty at Fort Hays State University to take
four undergraduate students and an MBA student on a research trip to China in
Tony Gabel, an associate professor of management and marketing and the
inaugural holder of the college’s Lusk Faculty Member of Distinction Award, and
Justin Evans, instructor of management and marketing and the college's international
coordinator, conducted research on how international companies can best
strategically account for the various legal systems in which they operate.
scheduled for July 2013, the trip was not originally intended to include
students, but that changed when a knee injury that required surgery sidelined
Gabel less than 24 hours before the flight to Shanghai. The trip was
rescheduled for this year.
and Evans took advantage of the delay to apply for an Undergraduate Research
Experience (URE) grant from the FHSU Office of Scholarship and Sponsored
Projects and received full funding to take two students to China. The students
were to assist the faculty with their research and would also complete their
own research papers for undergraduate scholarly journals.
more than 20 excellent students applied, Gabel and Evans sought and received
additional funding from the FHSU Provost’s Office, the Graduate School, the
College of Business and Entrepreneurship, and the Department of Management and
Marketing. The additional funding enabled Gabel and Evans to take two
additional undergraduate students and one graduate student.
faculty and students spent one week in Shanghai and another week in Beijing.
first article on their research will be published in spring 2014 in the North
Carolina Journal of International Law & Commercial Regulation. While the
North Carolina article proposes a general framework for the synthesis of law
and international strategy, the faculty members' recent trip to China will form
the basis of a new article that applies their ideas to the Chinese market
four senior undergraduates were chemistry major Seth Gooding, Haven (67543), finance
major Amanda Groff, Hays (67601), finance major Matthew Whitmore, St. Francis
(67756), and graphic design major Adam Wilbur, Wichita (67212).
"Tres" York III, Indianapolis, Ind. (46219), Master of Business
Administration candidate, was the graduate student.
China, the team interviewed nearly 40 senior executives and attorneys, who
spoke on the Chinese legal system and its impact on foreign companies.
to China with the College of Business was an eye-opening experience," said
Gooding. "The opportunity to conduct meaningful, cutting-edge research in
international business with world-renowned firms was truly an unparalleled one.
As a result of this research experience, I have gained valuable insight on the
world, international business, conducting research and my future career plans. I
highly encourage anyone with the opportunity to take advantage of experiences
like this one to do so."
trip was the first overseas experience for Professor Gabel and for four of the
China through the undergraduate research program was an incredible and well
worthwhile experience," said Whitmore. "I had traveled many times
before, but never to the East Asia area. It was amazing to see how another
group of people live, and being able to experience that culture is something I
won’t soon forget. It's opportunities like these here at Fort Hays State
University that prepare students like myself to be forward thinking and world
was similarly enthusiastic. "The Undergraduate Research Experience in
China was a wonderful and affordable opportunity. I learned so much not only
through our research, but also about the amazing culture. Being able to see the
Great Wall in person was such a humbling experience. China is a country with
such an interesting history, and I am so thankful I had the opportunity to see
Paige, who coordinates the FHSU Undergraduate Research Experience, said that
"undergraduate research is a valuable activity for many reasons. This
project is a prime example of how participating in research as an undergraduate
can provide great opportunities for students and contribute new
FHSU College of Business and Entrepreneurship offers degrees, certificates and
course work in a number of business disciplines including management,
marketing, business law, economics, finance, accounting and informatics. The college
embraces international and cross-cultural skills as core elements of its
mission to prepare students to excel in the twenty-first century marketplace. The
college offers its Bachelor of Business Administration degree on campus in
Hays, through the FHSU Virtual College and at Sias International University,
FHSU's partner university near Zhengzhou, China.