Boston University
Oct 19, 2012
By Gustavs Plato
Raytheon, a LatCham Gold Member, is a global technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world.  Raytheon's Senior Manager for Releasability and Technology Transfer is Chris Brodersen.  Chris is a faculty member at Boston University's Metropolitan College. During the Spring 2012 semester, LatCham representatives, Gustav Plato and Rudolf Peksens, assisted Chris in the course on International Business Management (MG 520). 

During the Spring 2012 semester three teams were formed. One of the teams that was formed was for Latvia (Team Latvia). A group of four students, assessed Latvia, and examined setting up an Information Technology related business in Latvia. The LatCham team worked as facilitators for Team Latvia.  It was a wonderful experience for the Chamber to provide insights and build bridges between Latvian and the students from the United States.

Steve Eaton, a Team Latvia member stated, “Beyond the great overview of international business our course provided us, some of the greatest lessons learned for me were gaining deep understandings of the values and culture of Latvia and the Baltic states, and how they reflect on the business environment in the region. The ability to work directly with those with first-hand experience in Latvia proved invaluable, not only for our assignments, but also in garnering insight into doing business in the country, and the tremendous opportunities Latvia offers. Through our research and collaboration we saw a country that pulled itself out of a deep recession while much of the world stagnated, and continues to show strong growth as the EU wavers, which is in large part a testament to the strength of its ICT sector."

Chris continues to teach International Business Management at BU MET. LatCham was pleased to have been part of the BU MET teaching team and look forward to working with Chris again in the future. We also encourage serious international business management students who are seeking something unique to find out more about Boston University's innovative program.  

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