Doermer School of Business

International Program

The Doermer School of Business offers a unique “experiential learning” opportunity to work with a regional firm that is investigating the possible entry into a foreign market, and to travel overseas as part of that learning. Students, working as a team, serve as "consultants' to the local firm and prepare and present a detailed business plan to the client firm.

The 3-credit course D490: Special Studies in International Business Administration, through the Department of Management and Marketing students can seek to understand the cultural and business environment of selected foreign markets.

Since the Doermer School of Business will incur a significant expense for each student’s airline ticket, which is non-transferable, students should be committed to completing the course if selected. Accepted students, who do not already have a U.S. passport, should immediately apply for one, since this process may take several weeks. The passport application form may be obtained from the main post office at 1501 South Clinton Street in Fort Wayne. Permanent residents (not U.S. citizens) may have to obtain a visa for the host country.


The Doermer School of Business have selected students and faculty to travel to China.
The Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne students focused on business incubation and innovation and the impact on the northeast Indiana. The Doermer School of Business is extremely ex-cited about the opportunities these students have had while traveling on the trip. The following students are
Shelby Aschliman, Dane Baumgartner, Zena Braish, Blair Clark, Josh Gross, Ericka Hahn, Melissa Hoffschneider, Tyson Moore, Kirstin Oesch, Roy Resendez, Tyler Sipe, Sneha Subedee, Chelsea Westlake,

The Doermer School of Business would like to thank the faculty for accommodating and traveling: Jun Ma, Assistant Professor of Marketing, Bill Todorovic, Associate Professor Management, Dean Otto Chang and Bobbi Barnes.

The annual trip is funded by Bill Lawson, prominent Fort Wayne businessman and former owner of Franklin Electric.


Fifteen students in the D490 Special Study in International Business class and three faculty members spent 13 days, March 6-18, 2013, on a study tour of Morocco. They returned with transformed perspectives and a mass of market research data for their two northeast Indiana client companies, Annie Oakley Perfumery of Ligonier and OFabz Swimwear of Churubusco.

Assisted by their IPFW instructor Ahmed Rachdi, AUI instructors Abdelhamid Benanni and Samir Aguenaou, and IPFW faculty members Kathy Pollock and Myeong Hwan Kim, students surveyed Moroccan consumers outside the gigantic, aquarium-equipped state-of-the-art Morocco Mall in Casablanca. The group was also welcomed by Procter and Gamble, Coca Cola, the Regional Moroccan Investment Center, and the American Chamber of Commerce.

The annual trip is funded by Bill Lawson, prominent Fort Wayne businessman and former owner of Franklin Electric.

D490 Morocco Trip 2013



The 10 chosen students served as business consultants to two local firms, DeBrand Fine Chocolates and Vera Bradley.

The members of the 2011 team were Edison Byzyka, Austin Gilliland, Ryan Gruber, Justin Hyndman, Alaina Jones, Andy Kaehr, Kim Matusik, Rebecca Noggle, Patrick Pinto, and Megan Schmalzried. The student teams prepared and presented a detailed business plan for their clients' consideration and possible implementation. Faculty members were Prasad Bingi, Joseph Khamalah, Lyman Lewis, Maneesh Sharma, and Nichaya (Nan) Suntornpithug (instructor).

The cost of the trip is underwritten by local businessman Bill Lawson.


Byers and Assistant Professor of Marketing Nichaya Nan Suntornpithug, the course instructor, accompanied the students on their journey as did Otto Chang, dean of the school. The group arrived in Shanghai Friday afternoon and stayed there until Tuesday, March 10 when they moved on to Beijing. They left China Sunday, March 15.

The cost of the trip is underwritten by local businessman Bill Lawson.

In the Spring of 2010, a group of students had the opportunity to go to Fudan University in Shanghai and Peking University in Beijing, China. The students have a client firm, which they study during the semester. The client firm, which were used in the Spring 2010 was Leepoxy.

2010 Group

"Going to China was an experience of a lifetime! The program was packed full of Chinese company visits, educational seminars, exquisite dining experiences, once in a lifetime cultural experiences, and of course, great shopping! If any student is interested in learning more about doing business in another country, they shouldn't leave IPFW without getting this experience!" ~Heather Benfield, 2008 Lawson Scholar

"The experience that I had in China was one of exorbitant proportions, and seemingly almost incomprehensible to the average person.  Words alone are not capable of describing the most culturally enhancing, educational, and utterly life altering experience I have ever had." ~ Jeremy D. Redding,  2008 Lawson Scholar

 "Looking back, the class was very beneficial.  I was able to apply my business knowledge that I gained while at IPFW and was able to apply it in a "real-world" setting.  I could not put a price tag on how much I learned from this  class.  I also could not put it into to words how much appreciation I have for IPFW and the generous donors that make this class what it is today." ~ Brian Prather, 2007 Lawson Scholar

Lawson Scholars:

  • This opportunity has been made possible by a generous grant from Mr. William H. Lawson, retired CEO of Franklin Electric.
  • The selected students will be designated as Lawson Scholars and will be so identified in all official school communications.

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