Bachelor of Business Administration

Management with a concentration in International Business

If you are a jet-setter with an eye for trade, competition and international issues, the global market is looking for someone like you. Globalization is affecting all forms of business, so a foundation of international finance and management, marketing, trade and management is critical. With a foreign language proficiency and study abroad requirements, you will be well on your way to tackle the world. 

Real Engagement For The Real World

International Business concentration is an innovative degree program that brings together a broad range of management courses with a comprehensive exposure to the issues facing international business. As you work on your degree, you’ll have emphasis placed on the global issues in management that affect the world we live in, and especially so, the world of business. These include trade, competition, markets, organizational design, information technology and human resource management.

About Your Major:

The Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) – International Business Concentration is designed to provide you with the skills and competencies necessary for managing in the 21st Century. Tiffin University takes the approach of total development of the individual, placing emphasis on your personal as well as your professional growth. It prepares you for both a career and for graduate studies. You will develop the managerial problem solving and strategic thinking skills that will help you become a leader.

Below are just a few examples of the variety of real opportunities you’ll have as a TU student to make real connections outside of the classroom.  These clubs and organizations will provide you with real advantages and real resources, all leading to your real world success!

World Student Association (W.S.A.) - The cultural Exchange between all students, faculty, staff and the community at large continues to flourish through the activities of the World Student Association. Activities include international fashion shows, the international flag ceremony, the Annual International Dinner, and co-sponsoring social activities on campus. The W.S.A. is also concerned with helping to foster cultural growth and diversity on our campus, and providing awareness of international student concerns within the community at large.

Delta Mu Delta - The Iota Epsilon chapter of Delta Mu Delta is located at Tiffin University.  This is a national honor society for business.

Circle K - Circle K International is a collegiate service organization with a worldwide membership that promotes fellowship, leadership, and service.

Student Government - TU’s Student Government is primarily involved in organizing the campus programming, social activities and serving as the voice and advocate for students concerning campus matters.  

Also available to TU students are activities of all kinds, events, and academic and other special interest organizations that include:  Delta Sigma Kappa Honorary Society, Communication Club, TU TIMES (TU’s School Newspaper)and Greek Organizations, among others.

Core Curriculum of the School of Business 18 hours
Management 9 hours
Concentration 21 hours

  • FIN426 International Finance 
  • MGT351 Managing Diversity in the Workplace 
  • MGT411 International Management 
  • MKT404 Global Marketing 
  • ECO424 Global Trade

One of the following: 

  • CUL312 Middle Eastern Cultures 
  • HIS312 History of the Middle East

One course related to specific world area (e.g. Russia, Europe, Africa)

  • MGT470 Internship 

Total BBA hours 121

 

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate course offerings for this major. Consult the official Academic Bulletin for detailed registration and advising information.

Online - Offered in two 7-week terms per semester starting in January, March, May, July, August and October

On Campus - Offered in a 15-week semester format with start dates of August and January

International Finance (FIN426) - The study of the institutions, concepts and instruments of international finance. Current and past international monetary systems shall be discussed. Special attention shall be directed to consideration of accounting, finance and taxation differences global companies (multinational companies – MNCs) experience in the domestic and foreign economies. Other topics shall include the determination of exchange rates and their macroeconomic linkages, the effect of exchange rates on current and capital account balances and the techniques global companies can engage in to hedge exchange rate risk.    

Global Trade (ECO424) - A study of international trade and the geographical, economic and nationalistic characteristics that challenge the firm embarking upon global trade. Our focus is on the multinational corporation (MNC), or global business, pursuing trade in a very dynamic world economy “guided/influenced” by national and regional political and economic considerations.    

Global Marketing (MKT404) - This course examines the increasingly global nature of marketing management and addresses the issues involved when organizations expand into the arena of international competition. Particular attention is paid to the differences between cultures and the importance of sensitivity to them.

International Management (MGT411) - This course focuses on business across national boundaries. Topics covered include functional areas of management in MNES, impact of policy, society, economy and geography on the international business environment and global strategic management.    

Managing Diversity in the Workplace (MGT351) - In the context of the growth of multinational enterprises and the increasing diversity of the American workforce, this course deals with gender, racial, age, cultural and other differences in the workplace. The course will focus on being open, sensitive and fair in dealing with differences and on using diversity as positive force within organizations. This is a writing intensive course.

  • Foreign currency investment advisor
  • Import/export agent
  • International foreign policy advisor
  • International management consultant 
  • International marketing director
  • International trade and customs manager
  • Multinational manager
  • Cardinal Health
  • Champion Home Exteriors
  • National Machinery
  • Sherwin-Williams
  • Whirlpool Corporation

Faculty

Teresa Miller
Teresa Miller

Teresa Miller

Tmiller@tiffin.edu
419-448-3403

Associate Professor of Hospitality Management & Marketing

School of Business
Degrees & Certificates
  • M.S., Florida International University
  • M.B.A., Tiffin University
  • B.S., Bowling Green State University

Teresa Miller

Before joining Tiffin University in 1999, she spent 7 years with Tharaldson Enterprises, America’s largest independent hotel development and management company. Professor Miller traveled extensively opening Marriott, Hilton and Choice hotels across the country as a General Manager and Area Director. In 1997, she was chosen and awarded Tharaldson Enterprises’ Area Director of the Year.

Since joining Tiffin University, Professor Miller has been active on campus with the Hospitality Club. In the Spring 2006, she took 19 hospitality students to the Las Vegas International Hotel and Restaurant Show. She was published in the 8th and 9th edition of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. Professor Miller has served on the Board of Trustees for the Seneca County Convention and Visitors since 2003. She also remains active in the community by having her Events Management and Marketing class plan real events for organizations in the community.

Professor Miller also holds a professional certification, CHA, the Certified Hotel Administrator by the American Hotel and Lodging Association Educational Institution. Recognized worldwide, the CHA designation is the premier symbol of professional achievement for lodging executives.

Teresa Miller
Associate Professor of Hospitality Management & Marketing
Teresa Miller
Associate Professor of Hospitality Management & Marketing
Corri Miller, M.A.E.
Corri Miller, M.A.E.

Corri Miller

Millercor@tiffin.edu
419-448-3064

Instructor of Management

School of Business
Degrees & Certificates
  • M.A.E. - HRD, University of Findlay
  • B.B.A., University of Findlay

Corri Miller

Professor Corri Miller began with Tiffin University in the Fall of 2014 as an adjunct while also instructing at The University of Findlay within the College of Business. In 2015, she became full-time management faculty with a concentration in Human Resources. Prior to academia, Corri accrued an extensive background in the Human Resources field. For the last 16 years, she has worked in higher level, strategic Human Resource leadership roles within several Fortune 500 companies. In 2011, she was nominated and chosen to be a part of the Owens Corning Leadership Development program.

Professor Miller earned her undergrad and graduate degrees from the University of Findlay.

She is very active in her community serving on the Open Arms Domestic Violence Board, past United Way division chair, WIA Policy Board and a 2002 Hancock Leadership graduate.

In 2012, to continue her commitment to an environment of continuous learning, she opened a Human Resources consulting business. This supports her obligation to her profession, while providing continuous opportunities to bring leadership, management and human resources experiences to the classroom environment.

Corri Miller
Instructor of Management
Corri Miller
Instructor of Management
Thomas Debbink, Ph.D.
Thomas Debbink, Ph.D.

Thomas Debbink, Ph.D.

Debbinkt@tiffin.edu
419-448-3367

Professor of Management

School of Business
Degrees & Certificates
  • B.A., Albion College
  • M.S., Kettering University
  • Ph.D., University of Cincinnati

Thomas Debbink, Ph.D.

As do most of his colleagues, Dr. Debbink has a thorough grounding in his topic, both academically and professionally. Prior to beginning his doctoral education in 1992, Dr. Debbink worked for General Motors for 13 years. His experience was largely in Manufacturing and Quality Engineering, but also included significant assignments in Salaried Personnel Administration and Purchasing. As a Certified Quality Engineer, Dr. Debbink worked with over 100 of the Division’s suppliers to remedy specific quality issues and improve the overall performance of their manufacturing systems. Dr. Debbink has also served as a consultant to NCR Corporation, the United States Navy and General Motors.

Academically, Dr. Debbink’s interests are in corporate governance, deception within organizations, and make-buy decision making. His dissertation explored the motivations behind the decision to outsource components in the auto industry. He is a member of the Academy of Management and has presented papers at numerous conferences. Dr. Debbink teaches Strategic Management undergraduate and graduate courses in Tiffin, and graduate courses in the school’s EMBA curriculum in Bucharest, Romania.

Off campus, Dr. Debbink is a twenty-plus year member of Rotary International and serves on the Board of the Foundation of the Tiffin Rotary Club. He is a licensed pilot who enjoys introducing his students to the joys of flying. He and his wife, also a teacher, live on Catawba Island where they enjoy sailing and oenology.

Thomas Debbink, Ph.D.
Professor of Management
Thomas Debbink, Ph.D.
Professor of Management
Lisa Kahle-Piasecki, Ph.D.
Lisa Kahle-Piasecki, Ph.D.

Lisa Kahle-Piasecki, Ph.D.

PiaseckiL@tiffin.edu
419-448-5129

Associate Professor of Information Systems & Management

School of Business
Degrees & Certificates
  • Ph.D. University of Toledo
  • M.Ed. Business Education-Bowling Green State University
  • M.B.A. University of Findlay
  • B.A. University of Toledo

Lisa Kahle-Piasecki, Ph.D.

Dr. Lisa Kahle-Piasecki is an Associate Professor of Management and Information Systems and has served as Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence and Chair of the Management and Marketing areas. She joined the business faculty at Tiffin University in 2012.

Dr. Kahle-Piasecki comes to Tiffin after completing her Ph.D. with an area of concentration in human performance improvement, which is the study of and ethical practice of improving productivity and competence in organizations. Performance improvement uses scientific research principles to assess performance gaps, implement solutions, and measure the impact of solutions when implemented. A performance improvement and talent development specialist, Kahle-Piasecki is a follower of systems theory and uses a systematic approach in solving performance problems.

She is actively engaged in research and is a frequent presenter at both international and national conferences. Her current research interests and areas of expertise are in the use of technology to improve performance in the workplace and classroom, and performance interventions such as mentoring for performance improvement. She is a certified facilitator for the Global Mindset Inventory, spent a summer living and teaching in Costa Rica, and has additional international teaching experience.

In addition to teaching and research, she is a peer reviewer for the Journal of International Students, Journal of Excellence in College Teaching, on the Board of Directors of the Greater Toledo Chapter of the Association for Talent Development (GTAC ATD), the Polish American Community of Toledo (PACT), and a member of the Academy of Management, International Society for Performance Improvement, and Association for Talent Development.

She is the proud recipient of the 2016 Urban All-American Achievement Award, presented by the Central City Ministry of Toledo (CCMT). The award recognizes a graduate of a Catholic inner-city elementary school, who exhibited extraordinary achievement as an inspiration for today’s inner-city school students.

Below is a sample of recent publications:

Ritzman, M., & Kahle-Piasecki, L. (September, 2016). What works: A systems approach to employee performance in strengthening information security. Performance Improvement Journal, 55(8), 17-22.

Kahle-Piasecki, L. & Doles, S. (2015). A comparison of mentoring in higher education and Fortune 1000 companies: Practices to apply in a global context. Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice, 15(5), 74-79.

Kahle-Piasecki, L. (2013). Business in Costa Rica: Trends and Issues. Journal of Applied Business and Economics, 15(2).

Kahle-Piasecki, L., Miao, C., & Ariss, S. (2012). Managers and the Mobile Device: M-Learning and M-Business-Implications for the United States and China. Journal of Marketing Development and Competitiveness, 6(1), 56-68.

Kahle-Piasecki, L. (2011). Mentoring: What organizations need to know to improve performance in the 21st Century workplace. (Doctoral dissertation, University of Toledo, 2011). UMI No. 3474769.

Nykodym, N., Kahle-Piasecki, L., & Marsillac, E. (2010, May). The Managers Guide to Understanding, Detecting and Thwarting Computer Crime: An International Performance Issue. Performance Improvement Journal, 49(5), 42-47. doi: 10.1002/pfi.20151

Lisa Kahle-Piasecki, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Information Systems & Management
Lisa Kahle-Piasecki, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Information Systems & Management
Teresa Shafer
Teresa Shafer

Teresa Shafer, Ph.D.

Tshafer@tiffin.edu
419-448-3309

Professor of Management

Vice President for Institutional Planning and Effectiveness

School of Business
Degrees & Certificates
  • Ph.D., Bowling Green State University
  • M.A., Bowling Green State University
  • B.A., Ohio State University

Teresa Shafer, Ph.D.

Dr. Shafer began her academic career at The Ohio State University's Marion campus. During her tenure, she served as an Admissions and Financial Aid Officer and Public Relations Director. Upon completion of her master's degree, she joined the Shelby Insurance Company and served nearly ten years in various corporate positions including Public Relations, Sales, Marketing and Underwriting.

Dr. Shafer joined Tiffin University in 1993 as an adjunct professor. In 1996, she became the Director of the Elyria Academic Center and was instrumental in the development and implementation of the Fast Track degree completion program in Organizational Management. She joined the full-time faculty as Dean of Arts and Sciences in 1999. In 2005 she took over as Dean of Assessment and Accreditation and successfully orchestrated reaccreditation visits with the Ohio Department of Higher Education, Higher Learning Commission, European Council on Business Education and American Council of Business Schools and Programs garnering the maxirimm reaffirmations allowed by all four accreditation agencies. Dr. Shafer is considered an accreditation specialist and serves the Higher Learning Commission as a Peer Reviewer as a visiting team member and distance education reviewer. In 2011 she became Associate Dean of International Business Programs and currently serves as a Professor of Management. Dr. Shafer is also a member of the TU Graduate Faculty Senate.

As an organizational behavior scholar, Dr. Shafer's work includes research into corporate mergers and downsizing and how these activities impact human capital and efficiencies. She has published and presented her research at numerous conferences both regionally and nationally. Dr. Shafer's consulting experience is extensive as she works with both national and international companies with respect to human resource training, executive coaching, strategic planning and budgeting. She also serves the higher learning community as a pedagogical mentor to various faculty members and institutions across the nation. Dr. Shafer is a member of several professional organizations and serves on a number of local program boards.

Teresa Shafer, Ph.D.
Professor of Management
Teresa Shafer, Ph.D.
Professor of Management

Testimonials

  • "Tiffin is a small and very safe town. It is closely located to three international airports. People who live in this town are very friendly and open-minded to other cultures. As an international student, Tiffin University has been a good decision for me.”

    - Omar Alfehri, Saudi Arabia

  • "Tiffin University was my top choice when searching for colleges. I knew with nationally recognized Criminal Justice Programs, I would receive the best education for my future career goals. Because my undergraduate experience was so positive and rewarding, I have pursued my Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice at TU working as a graduate assistant for First-Year Programs. As a GA, I have been able to give back to an institution that has given so much to me and my fellow classmates. Go Dragons!”

    – Sean M. Durocher, Class of 2015

  • "The aspects of Tiffin University that I really like include low tuition cost and the fact that there are generous scholarships available for international students. Tiffin’s quiet atmosphere makes it easy to concentrate on your studies, but the surrounding cities have plenty to explore including a vibrant entertainment scene.”

    - Xin Guo, China

  • "I chose Tiffin University because of the curriculum, the online opportunities, and the fact that it is a brick-and-mortar school close to my home. I made many invaluable contacts through my TU experience."

    – John Carpenter

  • I could not have asked for better faculty. I love how small the class sizes are because I really know the majority of my professors pretty well. More importantly, they know me really well and are aware of my future goals and aspirations. I know that I could seek help from any one of my mentors and they would give me the best advice that they had.

    -Beata Krembuszewski '17

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