International Business Blog

This blog series is an initiative of the international business programs in the College of Business. The goal is to create an opportunity to share ideas and relevant information quickly and informally with academic and other interested communities. We are starting with blogs from the University of Nevada, Reno College of Business and the SGH Warsaw School of Economics but plan to include other international partner universities in the near future. In this blog series, we will feature business and economics topics broadly defined.

Latest Blog Posts

November 20, 2020 | New Business Start-ups in 2020 – the Example of Switzerland and the United States

As we are entering the second (and possibly third) wave of the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide we realize that many of its social and economic effects are unexpected and will need to be studied in years to come. Of course, the public health impacts are scary and serious and the continuous efforts by first responders and the healthcare community in general cannot be overstated. In addition to that, we know that many individuals are struggling economically because their businesses had to shut down or seriously restrict their activities. In order to illustrate that the proverbial silver lining also exists in this crisis, this business blog focuses on one of the (possibly) happier outcomes of the pandemic: new business activities and start-ups.

New Business Start-ups in 2020 – the Example of Switzerland and the United States Blog Post

October 22, 2020 | Will COVID-19 pandemic kill off internationalization of universities?

The global COVID-19 pandemic and its implications are by far the greatest challenge impending over mankind today. Its insidious impact on almost all aspects of our lives has forced us all of a sudden to redesign our lifestyle, work, and interpersonal relations. Higher education sector, including the international academic cooperation has been hit hardly as well. Coronavirus has completely disrupted the way in which universities have been traditionally operating. For the first time in years, universities had to cope with such a multidimensional and indeterminate threat.

Will COVID-19 pandemic kill off internationalization of universities? Blog Post

September 29, 2020 | COVID-19, Debt and Doing Business in Developing Economies

Developing regions of the world have been mired in serious debt problems in the last few decades. The COVID-19 pandemic that started about six months ago has definitely made things a lot worse. According to an article published in the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Finance & Development magazine, there have been four major “debt waves” since 1970. The fourth wave that started in 2010 has led to record debt levels. The article notes that the average increase in debt has been greater and more extensive than what we have seen in previous waves. There is no doubt COVID-19 pandemic is adding significantly to this growing debt problem in the developing world.

COVID-19, Debt and Doing Business in Developing Economies Blog Post

August 28, 2020 | How Covid-19 pandemic affected higher education students’ lives globally and in the United States

In a period of just few months, the COVID-19 pandemic caused by a novel coronavirus has radically transformed the lives of masses of people around the globe, including students. Indeed, as of April 1, 2020, the number of learners required to stay at home due to the closure of their educational institution at all grade levels reached a peak of 1.598 billion from 194 countries (UNESCO, 2020). Apart from the devastating health consequences for those directly affected by the virus, the COVID-19 pandemic holds major implications for the way higher education students live and work, affecting their physical and mental well-being in profound ways.

How Covid-19 pandemic affected higher education students Blog Post

August 5, 2020 | The COVID-19 pandemic and digitalization of export promotion services – are changes here to stay?

Business leaders, academics and policymakers alike have emphasized over time the challenges of internationalization, and the need for public support in providing better access to foreign markets. Launching in a new market has been a challenge for a number of reasons, from the sheer cost and physical distance, through psychic distance to lack of knowledge and networks in destination markets.

The COVID-19 pandemic and digitalization of export promotion services Blog Post

July 21, 2020 | Tax Systems across the World: A Comparison

For many individuals, not just in America but around the world, taxation is one of those topics one reluctantly considers once per year – when the individual tax return is due. This year the tax deadline in the United States was postponed because of COVID-19 from April 15 to July 15. Thus, it just passed a few days ago. Most people do not want to think about taxes and pretty much all dislike paying them. Many, however, would agree that the government needs the tax revenue in order to function. Common complaints about taxes in the United States are that they are unfair, that there are too many loopholes –especially for the wealthy and/or for corporations, and that they are too complicated.

Tax Systems across the World: A comparison Blog Post

July 8, 2020 | Digital exclusion during the COVID-19 pandemic?

The coronavirus pandemic highlighted what works correctly and what does not in the economy, politics and society. Many of us had to switch to home office overnight. Some organizations handled this shift better, others did worse. In general, what seemed impossible, proved to be possible – it turned out that it was possible to visit the doctor, the office, participate in classes, take exams, conduct business meetings or trainings online, etc. However, the analysis of unemployment in Poland looks interesting. In spite of the lockdown, unemployment did not increase rapidly, but it seemed rather to act with some delay. The question is: Why?

Digital exclusion during the COVID-19 Pandemic? Blog Post

June 25, 2020 | Why International Partnerships Matter

Perhaps one of the most valuable outcomes of international collaborations is the knowledge gained from the exchange of ideas and viewpoints among faculty and students with varying backgrounds, language and cultures. While the world continues to deal with fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic and political and economic forces clash, business and trade continues on a local, regional and global scale. The open flow of communication between our counterparts, made possible by global partnerships, not only encourages innovative thinking, but also develops a better sense of understanding among individuals. Ultimately, the shared experience of one human interacting with another, each with a different set of problem-solving skills, is the foundation for learning and the diversification of knowledge and the reason we continue to celebrate how the College of Business maintains international partnerships amid COVID-19.

Why International Partnerships Matter Blog Post

June 10, 2020 | Can Startups Win during COVID-19 Era? “New Economy Lab” Project Aims to Boost International Cooperation in Academic Entrepreneurship

The Covid-19 pandemic is having a significant impact on the global economy. For many weeks now economies of almost all countries of the world have implemented restrictions aimed at stopping the spread of the deadly virus. Restrictions which were implemented were mainly in the form of lockdowns, especially of non-essential businesses. Stay-at-home orders, together with strict social distancing and face coverings, were implemented almost everywhere on the planet. “Coronavirus – worst economic crisis since 1930s Great Depression…”- that is just one of many head stories on the business web. The COVID -19 pandemic has for sure influenced every field of social and economic life. Start-ups and their ecosystem have not been omitted by the pandemic. 

May 29, 2020 | International Education in the U.S.: Recent Trends and Challenges

The COVID-19 pandemic has produced unprecedented challenges for higher education with substantial academic and financial impacts. The negative impact of COVID-19 was particularly strong for international educational exchange between academic institutions. While there is a lot of uncertainty about the future of international education, we should keep in mind the importance of international students, scholars and the study abroad programs for the U.S. and also for Nevada.