Students to do overseas research



CLEVELAND -- Business students at Cleveland State University are looking for a few Northeast Ohio companies interested in having some overseas business research done on their behalf.
The students will be spending two weeks in London, England, in May and are available to conduct no-cost research for local companies in that market.
Dr. Thomas W. Whipple, chairman and professor of marketing at CSU's Nance College of Business Administration, said the students are looking for a total of three to five projects.
Companies in the Cleveland area are the primary focus, but companies from the Youngstown-Warren area can also submit suggestions for projects, he said.
There is no fee for the work the students will do, although participating companies will be expected to cover "out-of-pocket" costs students incur on their behalf, Whipple said.
It's part of a study-abroad program on international business that provides an opportunity for local companies to obtain international research. Many companies have benefited from the program in the past, Whipple said.
Students will visit business libraries for background information, contact British businesses and conduct interviews as part of their research.
The projects will focus on real-life business issues facing the participating companies.
The students will design their research projects this winter and travel to England on May 13.
Companies interested in participating should contact Whipple this month at (216) 687-4770 or by sending an e-mail to t.whipple@csuohio.edu.

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