Summer Schools


Kent Business School: Global Business in a Dynamic Environment

The overall experience was amazing, we were taught by the best professors from the University of Kent who shared their personal experiences with us, and we were able to discuss different topics in business, from law to marketing, we discussed it all! I met a wonderful group of people and made friends from different countries, got to explore the beauty of Canterbury, Whitstable, and London through trips led by Kent’s student ambassadors, and got to experience what it was like to study Masters at the University of Kent.

~ Rama Taimour, Business Summer School, Canterbury 2017


There is unprecedented change in international business. Very close linkages emerge between domestic and international activities, and between all economies around the globe. We know that when domestic economic activities are down, international business is down as well - only much more so.  As local economies grow, so does international business.

This course is led by expert professors from the UK and the USA aswell as professionals from local businesses to provide a comprehensive and up-to-date overview of international business and the institutions involved in the process. You can find out more about some of the expert staff who you will learn from here.

Although there is an underlying universality to the basic principles of business administration, it is when applying these principles that people in international business encounter unique problems. Theory will be emphasised for a normative understanding; practical aspects are focused on to show the relation of theory to practice or "real life". We will teach each other and learn from each other by the use of analogies, parables, and examples - which will help us understand and remember.

This course will draw upon high level meetings such as the Annual Meeting of the Academy of International Business and students will take part in a project to influence stakeholders in International business issues. Tailored seminars and case study exploration will enable students to produce and publish a finished documentation for social media, YouTube films or traditional commentary pieces addressing core issues of concern.

To paraphrase the Austrian-born British Philosopher Ludwig von Wittgenstein: “If you are not part of the discussion you are like a boxer who never goes into the ring.” This course will place you into the ring by:

  • Learning about the existence of a gap between international policy, research and business
  • Enabling  the use and meaning of international trade specific terminology and its major meaning and effects. 
  • Appreciating the rationale for government intervention in trade
  • Reflecting the need for and opportunity of righting past wrongs
  • Understanding the complexity of and participants in decision making in international business and trade
  • Appreciating how to be effective managers of the business-government interface
  • Providing helpful advice for preparing for life after graduation and the job market
  • Gaining a broader insight into the ethics, corruption, bribery and lack of soul at a tailored seminar at Canterbury Cathedral

The Kent Business Summer School is part of the University of Kent Summer School programme. It will allow you to make lasting connections with students from around the world, studying a range of subjects but sharing your own enthusiasm. International study will enable you to gain a deeper understanding of another culture, make lifelong friends from a wide variety of backgrounds and benefit from globally-renowned academic excellence.

For additional reasons to join us, visit our Canterbury Summer Schools overview.

Dates: Sunday 01 - Sunday 15 July 2018

Providing School: Kent Business School

Campus: Canterbury

Credit Transfer Option:  Equivalent to 10 Credits (ECTS 5) for transfer purposes.

Price: £1500 (Earlybird) for two weeks. Includes tuition, accommodation, teaching materials, welcome meal, organised trips and full library access


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Guest speakers

We have a range of exciting guest speakers scheduled to teach on our 'Global Business in a Dynamic Environment' Summer School this year combining experts in their teaching with professionals from outside corporations. This list is not exhaustive and is subject to change

Professor Michael Czinkota

Professor Michael Czinkota teaches international business and trade at University of Kent and at Georgetown University. He is also the chaired professor emeritus for international marketing at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom. Fluent in Spanish and German, he has held professorial appointments in Asia, Australia, Europe, and the Americas. 

Professor Czinkota served in the U.S. government during the Reagan and Bush Administrations. In the Bureau of Export Administration he was senior advisor for export controls. As Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce he was responsible for trade analysis and retaliatory actions. He also was head of the U.S. Delegation to the OECD Industry Committee in Paris. 

Professor Czinkota was a partner in a fur trading firm and in an advertising agency. His academic work has focused on export development strategies and the linkage between terrorism and international business. He has written widely in leading journals on the topic and teaches a graduate seminar on International Terrorism and Marketing. He was named as one of the top three contributors to the international business literature. 

Professor Czinkota has worked with the U.S. Department of State on terrorism preparedness and has testified before Congress on the topic. He is the author of Mastering Global Markets – which reflects the challenges of international management in a world of conflict and uncertainty. He also wrote three leading college texts, International Marketing 10th edition, International Business 8th edition and Fundamentals of International Business 3rd edition. 

Professor Czinkota serves on the Global Advisory Board of the American Marketing Association, the Global Council of the American Management Association, and on the Board of Governors of the Academy of Marketing Science. He is a member of the American Council on Germany. For his work in international business and trade policy, he has been awarded honorary degrees from the Universidad del Pacifico in Peru and the Universidad Pontificia Madre y Maestra in the Dominican Republic. he was named a Distinguished Fellow of the Academy of Marketing Science and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in the United Kingdom. 

Professor Czinkota serves on several corporate boards and has worked with corporations such as AT&T, IBM, GE, Nestle, and US WEST. He has advised the Executive Office of the President and the U.S. General Accountability Office on trade policy issues. He also serves as advisor to the United Nations and the World Trade Organization. 
Dr. Czinkota was born and raised in Germany and educated in Austria, Scotland, Spain, and the United States. He studied law and business administration at the University of Erlangen-Nurnberg and was awarded a two-year Fulbright Scholarship. He holds an MBA in international business and a Ph.D. in logistics from The Ohio State University. 

Professor Martin Meyer

Martin Meyer is Director of School, and Professor of Business & Innovation at Kent Business School. He studied business, economics and sociology at the Universities of Dortmund (Germany), Uppsala (Sweden) and holds a D.Phil. in Science and Technology Studies which he obtained from SPRU at the University of Sussex. Martin also worked in the private sector, for RAND Europe and Technopolis Group.

Professor Meyer is well known for his work on science, technology and innovation as well as the Triple Helix on university-industry-government relations. He holds visiting appointments at the Birkbeck Centre for Innovation Management Research, the Centre for Research & Development Monitoring at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, and SC-Research at the University of Vaasa.

He joined Kent Business School recently from the University of Sussex where he was the Deputy Head of the School of Business, Management and Economics as well as the founding Head of the Department of Business and Management. Prior to this, Martin held positions at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), Helsinki University of Technology - now Aalto University (Finland), the Finnish Institute for Enterprise Management, and Linköping University (Sweden).


Mr Adam Smith

As part of Kent Business School’s philanthropically-funded ASPIRE Project which aims to equip students with the skills they need to start a business, KBS has appointed business start-up expert, Adam Smith, as the ASPIRE project’s Entrepreneur in Residence.

Adam Smith has many local business which summer school students will learn about from Adam and have the chance to visit a couple of these throughout the programme. You can find out more about Adam on our blogs pages:


Professor Zaheer Khan

Zaheer Khan is Professor of International Business and Head of the Strategy & International Business Division at Kent Business School. Prior to joining University of Kent in 2017, he taught at the University of Sheffield, University of Hull, the University of Birmingham and Royal Holloway University of London. Prior to entering academia, he worked as a Consultant for Capgemini Ernst & Young, USA. He gained his PhD in International Business at the University of Birmingham. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

His work has appeared in some of the leading international business and strategy journals including the Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of World Business, International Business Review, Global Strategy Journal, International Marketing Review, Critical Perspectives on International Business, Industrial Marketing Management, the International Journal of Human Resource Management, Human Relations,and R&D Management, among others.

Zaheer has worked as a Consultant, Systems Analyst and Project Manager for a number of Fortune 500 companies. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Multinational Corporation Strategy and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Asia Business Studies. Currently, he is acting as a Guest Editor for the Applied Psychology and International Studies of Management & Organization Journal. He is a member of the following Professional Associations:

  • Academy of International Business
  • European International Business Academy
  • British Academy of Management
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Professor Gary Knight

Willamette University, USA

Professor Knight has extensive experience in international business in the private sector, especially regarding Europe, Japan, and Mexico. For 15 years, he was professor of international business at Florida State University where he developed the university’s business study abroad programs in Europe and Japan. He was a visiting Fulbright Scholar at McGill University, Canada. His research emphasizes international strategy, emerging markets, and internationalization of small and medium enterprises.

Professor Knight has authored six books and 40 refereed articles in academic journals, including Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of World Business, International Executive, and Management International Review. The U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Small Business invited Professor Knight to provide expert testimony on international management topics.

He has been an invited speaker at numerous universities worldwide. In addition to graduate degrees, Professor Knight attended the University of Paris in France and Sophia University in Japan and is fluent in French, Japanese, and Spanish. Personal interests include world affairs, reading, writing, international travel, and learning foreign languages.


Professor Rudi Kaufmann

After extensive experience in German Bank Management, Hans Rüdiger Kaufmann completed his sponsored PhD in 1997 and was research assistant and then lecturer (p-t) in the department of retailing and marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University/UK. Consecutively, he worked in Budapest, first as Course Director Marketing for an organisation affiliated with the Chartered Institute of Marketing and then as an Assistant Professor in Marketing at the International Management Centre Budapest as well as its contractual consultant. He worked in various functions for the University of Liechtenstein, i.e. as Academic Director Private Banking, member of the leadership team of the Institute of Finance and, later, Head of the Competence Centre International Management as part of the Institute for Entrepreneurship. From October 2006 he was employed as Associate Professor at the University of Nicosia in the department of Management & MIS. Rudi was officially ranked Full Professor in February 2013. Since 1.2.2016 he is affiliated with the University of Applied Management Studies Mannheim as Professor and Head of Studies of the BA Management & Leadership. 

Hans Rüdiger Kaufmann has been a launching member and President (2007-2009) of the international research network on consumer behaviour, CIRCLE. Rudi, as a research supervisor at University of Gloucester Business School and Fellow of Leeds Metropolitan University participated as supervisor in the completions of 10 PhDs and 4 DBAs. He is a member of the editorial board of the CIRCLE network’s journal, the International Journal of Management Cases. Furthermore, he is a launching member, Vice-President and Research Co-ordinator of the EuroMed Research Business Institute (EMBRI), and member of the editorial board of the network’s Emerald journal, the EuroMed Journal of Business. From 2012- 2016, Rudi was a member of the Board of the AMA Global Marketing SIG as Vice Chair Communications. He is a member of the editorial board of a variety of other journals and author/editor of 14 books (mainly in the field of Consumer Behaviour and Marketing) and 6 Electronic Books (Thompson Reuters accredited conference proceedings). He also published many papers in internationally renowned journals such as Journal of Business Research, Management Decision or Industrial Marketing Management. In addition, he is an Associate Editor of the ABS ranked World Review of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development, Visiting Professor the International Business School of Vilnius University and Visiting Professor of the University of Vitez (Chair of Entrepreneurship). He co-initiated and participated in a variety of EU supported research projects and participates as invited speaker on several global occasions.


Dr Valbona Zeneli

Dr. Valbona Zeneli is a professor of national security studies, and the Director of the Black Sea Eurasia Program at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, a vital instrument of German-American cooperation. A native of Albania, she is an economist with degrees from the University of Bologna and the University of Bari in Italy and from Georgetown University and the Harvard Kennedy School in the United States. With experience in the public administration, private sector and academia, her research and teaching interests include international economics and security issues, globalization, institutional reforms, and good governance. Dr. Zeneli has published numerous research papers and is a frequent contributor to international news media organizations. She is married and has a son.



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Learning and teaching

Teaching formats will include lectures, seminars and workshops.

Total number of study hours will comprise 100 hours which will include elements of independent and private study.

  • 50 hours contact time during the summer school
  • 20 hours self-study before the summer school
  • 30 study hours during the summer school

    Total: 100 hours

Learning outcomes

By the end of this International Summer School course, you should have:

Intended specific learning outcomes

  • developed a good understanding of the subject matter which forms the focus of this intensive introductory course
  • explored a series of key subject-specific themes and media from a range of critical perspectives
  • had the opportunity to put into practice new subject-related skills which you have started to develop during the course
  • gained an awareness of the UK Higher Education system in the subject specific context

Intended generic learning outcomes

  • Gained an introduction to some of the aptitudes, expectations and requirements of more independent and higher level study achieved through a range of seminars, lectures, practice-based activities and one to one tutorials.
  • Experienced individual and group-based learning environments consonant with the expectations and requirements of higher level study
  • Exercised some element of self-directed study and time-management opportunities consistent with research skills and onward professional career opportunities
  • Enhanced your transferable academic skills such as reading and writing in relevant academic contexts, listening to academic lectures and input sessions as well as participating in academic seminars
  • Increased your intercultural awareness through studying in an international environment with students from other backgrounds and nationalities


Students will be evaluated based on the following (expressed in percentage of overall grade):

  • Short Editorial Writing 30%
  • Presentation 70%

 There will be a welcome dinner on the sunday of arrivals, a farewell dinner at the end of the summer school and a guided day trip into London on the Saturday of the first week of the summer school.







AM 09:00-11.00

Welcome Induction and register; setting examples

Instructor: Prof. Czinkota. Introduction to International Business

Instructor: Prof.Knight. The Global Imperative

Instructor: Prof.Knight Analysing people and markets

Instructor: Prof. Czinkota. Market Entry and Internationalisation, Case: Lakewood Forest Products

Instructor: Prof. Zenelli.Corporate Social Responsbility

LUNCH 12.30 - 14:00






PM 14:00 - 17:00

Instructor: Prof. Czinkota and Prof. Knight.. New players, new games, new rules

Instructor: Mr Smith. Developing a repertoire of Influence

Instructor: Mr Smith.Influencing International Stakeholders and Editorial Briefing

Guided trip into Canterbury town

Prof. Zeneli.
Corrupt practices and remedies

Instructor: Prof. Prof.Zenelli. Coping with corruption, bribery and the lack of soul

Mr. Smith.
Editorial Targeting







AM 09:00-12:30

Instructor: Prof. Knight Intercultural influences on Big Data research

Instructor: Mr Smith. Structuring the Editorial Arguement

Instructor: Prof.Khan International Product positioning and segmentation

Prof. Meyer Head of School : The Triple Helix in Business

Mr Smith. Refining the International Argument

Instructor: Prof. Knight. International Marketing

Instructor: Prof. Czinkota and Prof Kaufmann. Securing the future JOBS JOBS JOBS

LUNCH 12.30 - 14:00






PM 14:00 - 17:00

Instructor: Prof. Czinkota. Policy Influences,  and Conflicts case study: Case Tire Tariffs

Instructor: Prof.KhanStrategic Ambidexterity and its Consequences

Guided trip into Whitstable

Instructor: Prof.KaufmannLeadership and Sustainability

Instructor: Mr Smith. Editorial Influence and targeting

Instructor: Prof. Czinkota and Prof. Knight

The Future of Scholars and Pounds

Closing ceremony 16.00 - 17:00



To gain entry on to the Canterbury Summer School you will need to be either:

  • studying at a university outside the UK or at a UK university and considering options for further study in the UK
  • a professional exploring options for postgraduate study in the UK. 

You will also need to:

  • be able to demonstrate a keen interest in the field of Business Administration or have previous knowledge from your studies/work experience and looking to expand your knowledge in this area. Previous related study is desirable but not essential.
  • have at least IELTS 6.0 or equivalent with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill. If you have an alternative test/proof of your English language ability then you can mention this is your application and upload this instead. Students must feel confident reading, writing and liaising in English to attend this course.

Fees and scholarships

We are still accepting aplications for this programme inlcuding those for a scholarship fee waiver of £500. Please go to our apply page to submit your application.


Pay by Friday 4 May 2018 and receive an Early Bird discount of £100 per course.

  Earlybird Price
Standard Price
Without Accomodation £1,250 £1,350
With Accomodation included £1,500 £1,600


Fees Include full tuition for the summer school, accommodation, teaching materials, a welcome meal, farewell meal, refreshments each day, full access to the University library facilities and social trips each Wednesday and at the weekend into London.

The final deadline for payment to secure your place on this course is Fri 28 May 2018

Scholarship Opportunities

We have 20 x £500 Internationalisation Scholarships available for the Canterbury Summer Schools available to students not currently studying at the University of Kent. If you wish to apply for a scholarship you will need to select 'School scholarship' at application and apply by Fri 4 May 2018. We will use your Reasons to study as part of the application form as the scholarship application. If you are a current student at another institution you may also wish to enquire about any mobility scholarships within your home institution or Government.


You must email to notify us of your withdrawal from a course as soon as you know that you will not be attending the course and before travelling to the UK. We will charge a £250 administration fee, unless there are exceptional extenuating circumstances for the withdrawal.

Accommodation details

The accommodation for this summer school is based in Park Wood flats and is offered on a self-catered basis. Students will be placed in their own double rooms equipped with en suite facilities. Check-in is after 14h00 on the first Sunday and check-out is before 10h00 on the final Sunday. All students will be offered University accommodation (included in fee), although if you wish to make alternative arrangements you can pay tuition fees only, saving £250 per two-week course.

Additional details about our accommodation is available on our Accommodation webpage.

Course information:

Please note that in order for the course to run a minimum of 6 registered students is required. Please do not make arrangements for travel until you have received your welcome and induction pack.

Getting here

You will find useful directions to the Canterbury Campus on our Directions page. Students who wish to arrange a taxi transfer from one of the London airports may wish to visit our Booking a Taxi in the UK page.




For enquiries please use the form below


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