Standing alone The last of Laredo’s onion farmers, Dietz remains competitive in a fading business
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A head start: Children from low-income families benefit from development program Building a dream: Nuevo Laredo’s newest industrial park is a ‘city inside a city’ Joe Brand garners award
18 Courts in crisis Border initiative overloads federal courts from Texas to California
Border Education Raising expectations: LCC partnership improves access to higher education Border Economy Drug smuggling swells as cross-border trade rises Border Business Russian visitor notes similarities between Laredo and Siberia Family business institute seeking outstanding family firms
10 The drug war: Border agents use high-tech gadgets to keep out drugs
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Labor Statistics for Laredo Corporate Kudos Border Briefs Market Watch Penney posts gain but warns of loss Money Wise: Find a bank that doesn’t charge for its own ATM use Market Briefs Technology Watch Executive Homes/Executive Employment Around the State Around the Nation
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Laredo Community College
Ramon H. Dovalina, Ph.D., President, firstname.lastname@example.org
email@example.com Sandra Rodriguez, Welfare to Work Mentor, 764-5961
G. Medina, Welfare to Work Account
Juan L. Maldonado, Ph.D., Vice President for Instruction and Student Development, 721-5142, firstname.lastname@example.org
Executive, 764-5960, email@example.com
Alma Hernandez, Dean of Adult and Continuing Education, 721-5830, firstname.lastname@example.org
Francisco Martinez, Jr., Dean of Workforce Education, 721-5437, email@example.com
Edward Macdonald, Chair of Management Department, 721-5870, firstname.lastname@example.org
Roxanne Vedia, Business and I n d u s t r y T r a i n i n g C o o r d i n a t o r , 7 2 1 - 5 8 9 1 , r v e d i a @ l a r e d o . c c . t x . u s
Rosaura D e v e l o p m e n t S p e c i a l i s t , r s m e d e l l i n @ l a r e Medellin, d o . c c . t x . u s
Virginia Mayers, Director of Continuing Education Work to Succeed Programs Susan Barrientos, Welfare to Work Facilitator, 764-5959,
Javier Moctezuma, Chair of Office
O c c u p a t i o n s , 721-5187, j m o c t e z u m a @ l a r e d o . c c . t x . u s Community Development/Border Issues
Blas Castañeda, Chief Development Officer, email@example.com
Business Operations - LCC
Dan Flores, Chief Financial Officer and Business Manager, 721-5124, d firstname.lastname@example.org
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Texas A&M International University
College of Business Administration Staff Directory
Department of Accounting and Information Systems
Dr. Willie N. Cargill, Professor/Chair, Department of Accounting and Information Systems, Distance Learning Coordinator, 326-2501, email@example.com
Dr. Jorge Omar R. Brusa, Assistant Professor of Finance, Department of Economics and Finance,
Mr. Jesus S. Carmona, Instructor of Information Systems, Department of Accounting and Information Systems, 326-2530, firstname.lastname@example.org
International Business Department of Economics
and Finance, 326-2512, email@example.com
Dr. J. Michael Patrick, Professor
Dr. Oscar Flores, Assistant Professor of Information Systems, Department of Accounting and Information Systems, 326-2503, firstname.lastname@example.org
Economics, Department of Economics and Finance, Director, Texas Center for Border Economics and Enterprise Development, 326- 2547, email@example.com
Dr. Soongoo Hong, Assistant Professor of Information Systems, Department of Accounting and Information Systems, 326-2532, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Michael J. Pisani, Instructor of Economics, Department of Economics and Finance, 326-2531, email@example.com
Dr. George K. Kostopoulos, Professor of Information Systems Department of Accounting and
Information Systems, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Dev Prasad, Associate Professor of Finance, Department of Economics and Finance, 326-2515, email@example.com
Dr. Stephen E. Lunce, Associate Professor of Information Systems, Department of Accounting and Information Systems, 326-2502, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Stephanie A.M. Smith, Associate Professor of Finance, Department of Economics and Finance, 326-2518, email@example.com
Dr. Gary Miller, Professor of Accounting, Department of Accounting and Information Systems, 326-2513, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. David Yoskowitz, Assistant Professor of Economics, Department of Economics and Finance, 326-2509, email@example.com
Dr. William A. Newman, Radcliffe Killam Distinguished Professor of Information Systems, Department of Accounting and Information Systems, 326-2536, firstname.lastname@example.org
Department of Management and Marketing
Dr. Jacqueline R. Mayfield, Associate Professor/Co-Chair, Department of Management and Marketing, 326-2533, email@example.com
Dr. Jacqueline L. Power, Assistant Professor of Accounting, Department of Accounting and Information Systems, 326-2505, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Milton R. Mayfield, Associate Professor/Co- Chair, Department of Management and Marketing, 326-2534, email@example.com
Dr. Kannan Raghunandan, Radcliffe Killam Distinguished Professor of Accounting, Department of Accounting and Information Systems, 326 2504,
Dr. John P. Kohl, Dean, College of Business Administration and Graduate School of International Trade and Business Administration, 326-2480,
Dr. Dasaratha V. Rama, Professor of Information Systems, Department of Accounting and Information Systems, 326-2521, firstname.lastname@example.org
email@example.com Dr. Gregory
Professor of Marketing, Department of Management and Marketing, 326-2580, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Betty S. Rogers, Assistant Professor of Business Communication, Department of Accounting and Information Systems, 326-2527, email@example.com
Dr. Pedro S.
Hurtado, Associate Professor
Management and firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Rolando P. Sanchez, Assistant Professor, Department of Accounting and Information Systems, 326-2519, email@example.com
Dr. Michael Landeck, Professor of Marketing and International Business, Department of Management and Marketing, 326-2541, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Henry C. Smith, III, Associate Professor of Accounting, Department of Accounting and Information Systems, 326-2507, email@example.com
Dr. Ananda K. Mukherji, Assistant Professor of Management, Department of Management and Marketing, 326-2526, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Edward Willman, Associate Professor of Quantitative Methods, Department of Accounting
Dr. Jyotsna Mukherji,
Assistant Professor of
and Information email@example.com
Marketing, 326-2542, firstname.lastname@example.org
Department of Economics and Finance
Dr. Antonio J. Rodriguez, Associate Professor/Chair, Department of Economics and Finance & Assistant to the Dean, 326-2517, email@example.com
Management, Department of Management and Marketing, 326-2525, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. William L. Boyd, Professor of Finance, Department of Economics and Finance, Director of
William B. Green/Publisher email@example.com
Frank J. Escobedo/Gen. Mgr. firstname.lastname@example.org
Odie Arambula/Editor email@example.com
Deirdre Reyna/Business Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
Kelly Hildebrandt/Business Writer email@example.com
Estella Rodriguez/Managing Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
Cuate Santos/Chief Photographer email@example.com
Adriana R. Devally/Retail Mgr. firstname.lastname@example.org
Socorro Garza/Adv. Billing Inquiries email@example.com
Margie Aguirre/Classified Mgr. firstname.lastname@example.org
Agustin Magallanes/Circulation 728-2550
Michael Castillo/MIS Director email@example.com
Exploring globalization’s cultural impact
BY GARY LOREN From Harvard Management Update c.2001 Harvard Business School Publishing
A photograph in Thomas Friedman’s book “The Lexus and the Olive Tree” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1999) crystallizes globalization’s potential for strengthening local culture by satisfying the deep- seated human need to feel rooted.
In the photograph, an Orthodox Jew is holding a cell phone up against the Western Wall in Jerusalem so that a relative on another continent can say a prayer at this holy site.
But globalization’s cultural impact is not always so positive. In traditional Muslim societies, for example, meals rarely take place outside the home. When women and men do share a common public space for meals — as in a restaurant — separate rooms
or curtained-off areas are usually provided. But when Pizza Hut entered Yemen, it created integrated dining rooms for its facilities, notes Dirk Vandewalle, a professor of government at Dartmouth College who specializes in the Middle East, North Africa and
the Third World.
traditional culture clashed: Women could no longer be separated from men unrelated to them while they ate, or eat in public without removing their veils. Now younger Yemeni women casually whip off their veils when they sit down to eat at a Pizza Hut.
The problem here is globalization’s tendency to eradicate the local norms that traditional societies use to give individuals a common identity and purpose.
In the post-Cold War era, security concerns increasingly take on a cultural cast. “What is important psychologically
for people,” Vandewalle says, “is to know that their countries won’t change completely, that their values will endure.” European countries “are less concerned about economic security than they are about their cultural way of life. For example, they are terribly
Given the mobility of labor today, Europeans fear the loss of their national identities in a wave of migration of people from unstable economies — say, those of sub-Saharan Africa.
One of the paradoxes of globalization is that although
governments with centrally planned and controlled economies, succeeding in a globalized economy calls for the tight coordination of efforts between government and industry.
South Korea, for example, has targeted the steel industry, making adjustments to its work force and infrastructure that have enabled it to become a world leader in the manufacture of high-quality steel.
“But there are relatively high entry costs to joining the knowledge economies that represent globalization’s leading edge,” Vandewalle points out. Many countries lack the political cohesion, educated work force, and legal and financial sophistication required to emulate South Korea’s undertaking.
The developed world has little incentive to invest in such countries (beyond extracting their raw materials), as the
patterns attest. Currently, Vandewalle notes, “85 percent of all international investment
goes to only 1 countries.” Left unchecked
zation’s winner-take-all tendency threatens to create an underclass of nations locked out of the new world order. The downward spiral of these have-nots’ economies will be accompanied by social disintegration — when that occurs, the massive migration that haunts the developed countries will be right around the corner.
What does the good life mean in a shrinking world? The winners in the globalized economy may have little economic incentive to assist
But economic and cultural incentives are closely linked these days. Now more than ever, Vandewalle says, developed countries’ desire to preserve their cultural identity calls for “increased involvement in issues beyond their borders.”
(Gary Loren is the editor of the Harvard Management Update newsletter.)
Motorola to lay off 600 workers in Mexico
Motorola workers weekend
will lay off 600 and eliminate shifts at its mobile
The decision follows a drop in global demand for wireless handsets and is part of the
announced plans to cut 7,000 jobs worldwide in its personal communications sector.
But lower than expected demand, partly due to the U.S. economic slowdown, have forced Motorola to adapt “its overall cost structure, work force and production levels to a more competitive business model,” the company said in a news release.
Motorola said the Chihuahua plant’s remaining 1,900 people will be able to meet current demand working Monday to Friday.
Motorola said the Saturday and Sunday shifts were introduced at its plant in Chihuahua nearly a year ago when demand forecasts for mobile phones were much higher.
May 21, 2001