2018 Study Tour Part 1: Netherlands
My MSIS study tour immersion trip to the Netherlands and Spain showed me how multinational companies use technology to accomplish their strategic goals. The tour also reminded me that in order to thrive, these businesses must operate in harmony with multiple cultures and a fast-changing political environment. – Nick Williams, MSIS Class of 2016
From the moment students walk into their first Foster School of Business Master of Science in Information Systems classes, they are exposed to a world of new ideas. This includes technology, business operations, management issues, and even a diversity of student faces and experiences. It’s all new, and challenges them to think, react, and create in ways they never expected.
This year’s 2018 MSIS study tour immersion trip to the Netherlands and Spain amped up the MSIS experience for four recent graduates: Stephanie Tran, Wayne Olson, Benjamin Hou, and Nicholas Williams. For some this was their first trip outside of the United States. For others, their first trip to Europe. For all, it was the first time they experienced trucks being assembled using virtual reality technology and business intelligence analytics. They also appreciated the warm Dutch hospitality that fellow Foster expats showed, and many still taste the memory of the last crumbs of apple cake.
The MSIS Study Tour, like the program itself, was constructed to allow students and alumni to explore, discuss, and discover. With multinational company tours, start-up ventures, and the overarching role of government in commerce, students were able to see how their classroom studies were reflected in the thriving EU business community.
First Stop – Eindhoven and DAF Trucks
Organizations operating in more than one country have many issues to consider and technology makes these transitions easier. However, all companies must adhere to regulatory compliance and cultural considerations.
Re-Routing to Cisco Systems
Next week, read about the second half of the MSIS Study Tour as students traversed to Spain and learned more about the cross-section of technology and fashion, agriculture, and manufacturing robotics.