In this class you will learn hands-on the job of IT consultant in an international context. Working in a team, you will propose solutions to real-world challenges experienced by winemaking companies in Mendoza, Argentina. Winemaking is a global business that fuels worldwide exports. With the help of experienced faculty, you and your team will analyze problems, identify goals and requirements, evaluate alternative solutions, and present recommendations to real clients.
The primary goal of the class is to develop your intercultural consulting competence. This is an appreciation of the differences in business practices in different parts of the world, plus an ability to successfully cope with these differences. We believe that there is no better way to gain authentic insights into the cultural and business differences between the US and other countries than to live for a period of time in a foreign city and work with local companies. The experience will also be an excellent opportunity to deepen your understanding of business and IT concepts by applying them to specific situations.
McIntire students: COMM4293 counts towards (1) the IT concentration, (2) the Global Commerce Track, and (3) and as a McIntire elective. Engineering Students: see the requirements for SYS 2054/3054.
Most teams will be composed of an equal number of Engineers and Comm students. A diverse set of skills is necessary to form strong teams. Knowledge of Spanish is desirable but not required. We welcome all UVA students who have a desire to practice their Spanish language skills in both business and social settings.
First, go to an info session, then visit the ISO site and complete the Education Abroad Workshop. Finally, fill the program application before the deadline - at the very beginning of October.
The ISO site also includes detialed cost and logistics information.
If you have specific questions, contact Prof. Grazioli at firstname.lastname@example.org - otherwise, I will see you for the individual interview.
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