The Lucas Graduate School of Business at San Jose State University

The International Module at SJSU Lucas Graduate School of Business will expose you to a “Silicon Valley Experience for International Executives”. Being in the Capital of the Silicon Valley, the geographic focus of the program will be: Culture, Enterprises, and Businesses of the Silicon Valley. The thematic focus of the program, Entrepreneurship, Global Leadership, and Innovation, is a reflection of our faculty’s experience working with many of the innovative enterprises in the Silicon Valley.

During your week in San José you will hear from global experts and leading company executives about:

  • The culture and the history of the Silicon Valley as a center for global innovation,
  • How local venture capitalists fuel new venture creation and explore various proven methods for promoting innovation,
  • New business models that incorporate state-of-the-art technological change, and
  • The fundamental skills required to lead global corporations in a multicultural environment.

One Washington Sq, San Jose, CA 95192

Mahesh Rajan
Consortium Faculty Director
Tel: +1 408 924-3537
Phone:408 924-3420
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Audio/Visual Equipment Requirement: A personal laptop/IPad is required for all classroom activities. Complimentary Wi-Fi will be provided by host school.

  • Saturday, September 17th: Evening: Opening Dinner (pick-up: 5:30 pm @ Hotel)
  • Sunday, September 18th: 
    All day: Monterey, CA (includes visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium)
  • Monday, September 19th: 
    Theme: Global Leadership

    Morning: Class meetings. Instructor: Dr. Joyce Osland
    In the increasingly complex world of global business and the necessity to collaborate with colleagues, partners, and customers on a global scale, it is imperative that the workforce of the future acquire the skills of collaboration and leadership.
    Afternoon: Company Visit - Applied Materials, Inc. (Guest Speaker Event)
    Evening: Free Evening
  • Tuesday, September 20th:
    Theme: Entrepreneurship, Venture Capital, and Startups
    Morning: Class meetings. Instructor: Dr. Anuradha Basu
    Dr. Anuradha Basu will deliver this topic together with speakers who are venture capitalists, serial entrepreneurs, and startup founders.
    Afternoon: Company Visit - Plug and Play Tech Center
    Evening: Free Time
  • Wednesday, September 21st:  
    Theme: Foresight and Innovation Part I
    Morning: Class meetings. Instructor: Dr. Stephen Kwan
    This will be conducted as a workshop to introduce the participants to various methods that are used by for-profit and non-profit enterprises to create innovation. A current business and/or societal issue will be selected as the theme of the workshop and the Foresight and Innovation method will be used by teams of participants to create innovative solutions to the stated problem.
    Afternoon: Company Visit - Cisco Systems, Inc. (Guest Speaker)
    Evening: No-host dinner @ San Pedro Square, San Jose, CA
  • Thursday, September 22nd:
    Theme: The Culture of the Silicon Valley and its Enterprises
    Morning: Class meetings. Instructor: Richard Okumoto
    An introduction to the culture of the Silicon Valley, its history and evolution to making the region a world recognized center of innovation. This will be illustrated through a look at various enterprises and their history that best represent this culture.
    Afternoon: Company Visit - Flextronics (Guest Speaker)
    Evening: Free Time
  • Friday, September 23rd:  
    Theme: Foresight and Innovation Part II
    Morning: Class meetings. Instructor: Dr. Stephen Kwan
    This will be conducted as a workshop to introduce the participants to various methods that are used by for-profit and non-profit enterprises to create innovation. A current business and/or societal issue will be selected as the theme of the workshop and the Foresight and Innovation method will be used by teams of participants to create innovative solutions to the stated problem.
    Afternoon: Company Visit - IBM Almaden Research Center
    Evening: Program Evaluation and Closing Dinner
  • Saturday, September 24th: Free day for Shopping/Sightseeing
    Suggested*: Tour of San Francisco and Napa Valley. * Optional at own expense
  • Sunday, September 25th: Participants’ Return to Home City

Anuradha Basu
Professor in the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business, and the Director of the Silicon Valley Center for Entrepreneurship, at San José State University, California. Prior to joining SJSU, she was an Associate Professor in the Business School at the University of Reading, U.K., and a Visiting Scholar, Stanford Center for International Development. She is the Chair of the Entrepreneurship concentration at SJSU. Her research has covered the fields of development economics in India, China, and Africa, and entrepreneurship in the U.K. and U.S. She is co-author of The Oxford Handbook of Entrepreneurship (Oxford University Press) and several journal articles on ethnic minority and immigrant entrepreneurship, and family business. She has a Ph.D. and an MPhil degree in Economics from the University of Cambridge, England, an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, India, and a BA (Honors) degree in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi, India.

David Czerwinski

An Associate Professor in the Department of Marketing and Decision Sciences at San José State University. His research focuses on applying the power of data mining, visualization, and optimization to problems in the private and public sectors. Applications of his research include healthcare and transportation. Areas of particular interest in healthcare include the use of large insurance claims databases to perform drug safety surveillance and measure quality of care. His transportation research projects include real-time vehicle arrival time predictions, the analysis of public-private partnerships, and bicycle safety. His statistical consulting engagements include work for McKinsey Associates and Forrester Research. David has a Ph.D. in Operations Research from MIT and a BS in Mathematical and Computational Science from Stanford.

Stephen K. Kwan

Dr. Kwan is the Lucas Professor of Service Science in the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business at San José State University. He is currently the Associate Dean of the Lucas Graduate School of Business. He was the founding chair of the MIS department and had served as the Senior Associate Dean of the College. He is actively involved in research, teaching, and community activities in Service Science, Management, Engineering, and Design (SSMED). He is a recipient of multiple IBM Faculty Awards, and grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He had also worked on projects with TOTVS, Sun Microsystems, Cisco, Microsoft, HP, the State of California, the US Army, etc. His current research interests include Standards Education, Global Trade in Services, Service Systems & Service Value Networks, and Design Thinking for Service System Innovation. He had published in the areas of Service Science, Queueing Systems, Database Management, E-Commerce, Standards Education and Standards Policy. He received a B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Oregon, and a Ph.D. in Management from UCLA.

Richard Okumoto

A Lecturer in the Lucas Graduate School of Business MBA program and College of Business at San José State University for the past six years. Richard has been an advisor, a judge, and is slated to be the new Administration Director for the 50 year old International Collegiate Strategy Business Competition (ICBSC) where universities around the world compete. Prior to joining the Faculty at SJSU Richard worked over thirty years in the Silicon Valley where he held such positions as Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and Division General Manager for several public and private technology companies. He has worked in the semiconductor industry, the semiconductor equipment industry, the PC industry, and the software industry for such companies as: Fairchild Semi, Novellus/Lam Research, Commodore Computers, and Digital Research. He has completed an IPO, complex M&A transactions, and was a CFO whistleblower in a public company under Sarbanes/Oxley (a case study was written on his experience). Richard currently serves on the Boards of Public, Private, and Non-profit companies where he is Chairman of the Audit Committees and a member of the Strategy Committees. He is a NACD Governance Fellow and a SEC qualified independent board member and financial expert. Richard holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from SJSU, a Master’s Degree in Communications from Gonzaga University, and is currently a PhD student in Information Sciences at Queensland University of Technology. Richard holds the Registered Financial Consultant (RFC®) designation.

Joyce Osland

The Lucas Endowed Professor of Global Leadership and the Executive Director of the Global Leadership Advancement Center at San José State University. She is a specialist in international management with a focus on global leadership, Latin American management, and organization development. Working primarily in international development, she spent 14 years in seven different countries, mainly in Latin America and West Africa. Joyce received her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University. She taught in the MBA program and executive education programs at INCAE in Costa Rica from 1989-1992. Joyce has received numerous awards for teaching and research, most recently the Journal of Management Inquiry Scholar award for career achievement and the International Management Division’s Outstanding Educator Award, the highest teaching award in her field. A former president of the Western Academy of Management (WAM), she was honored with that organization's Ascendant Scholar Award and the Joan Dahl Leadership Award.

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