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Views of Diverse Groups of International and American Students Concerning Business, Cultural, and Ethical Issues

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Mentoring Graduate Students, Diversity, and Assessment

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Minorities in Engineering and Graduate Studies

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22.1661.1 - 22.1661.5



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Craig T. Evers P.E. Minnesota State University, Mankato

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Craig T. Evers. Currently, I am an Assistant Professor at Minnesota State University, Mankato teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in the Automotive and Manufacturing Engineering department. I have over 25 years experience in the manufacturing industry, mostly in automotive related positions. Some of my past employers include John Deere, Robert Bosch Corporation, Intel and IBM. Previous positions include tooling manager for a Fortune 500 electronics company, production engineer for fuel components line with $125 million annual sales, manufacturing engineering manager, and supplier development engineer working with companies in North America, Europe and Asia. I am a registered Professional Engineer (Indiana) and a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt. I have also taught at Purdue University in their Mechanical Engineering Technology program and Auburn University in their Industrial and Civil Engineering departments. B.S.M.E. (Manufacturing Engineering) – Utah State University, M.I.E. (Occupational Safety & Ergonomics) – Auburn University and Ph.D. (Ergonomics) – Auburn University.

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Views of Diverse Groups of International and American Students Concerning Business, Cultural, and Ethical IssuesOur Manufacturing Engineering Technology program has a fairly large proportion of internationalstudents from many different parts of the world. As this proportion grows, it is important to make surethat we consider the business, cultural, and ethical perspectives of these students. It is far too easy toassume that all students view these topics the same way as we do, that is, from the traditionalCanadian and United States business and government perspective. This viewpoint assumption maynot always be correct, though. As manufacturing and distribution becomes increasingly global innature, incorporating these various international perspectives will prove beneficial to all students,including those with traditional North American attitudes toward business dealings and contracts,cultural expectations, and ethical issues such as safety rules and regulations.Our current Masters in Manufacturing Engineering Technology program includes classes in ProjectManagement and Engineering Ethics. Each class includes a number of international students (in manycases over 50%) from all areas of the globe. Because these classes involve considerable studentdiscussion and participation, and the students feel very comfortable with the professors, we have anexcellent opportunity to learn and discuss some of these differing attitudes and perspectives. Thesubject matter of these two classes lends itself very well to studies of this type.Using class discussions, written and oral assignments, and questionnaires, we are investigating howthe business, cultural, and ethical perspectives of these students differ, and how they impact (andshould impact) the manner in which these and similar topics should be taught. Our goal is to prepareour students for global business in a manner that makes all students comfortable.While the data is not extensive enough to constitute a full scientific study, this paper will presentanecdotal results and implications for teaching increasingly diverse groups of students.

Evers, C. T. (2011, June), Views of Diverse Groups of International and American Students Concerning Business, Cultural, and Ethical Issues Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18728

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