News of Russian involvement in the 2016 U.S. presidential election has been front and center for several months.
Now, an expert on that vast nation will examine "The Russian Economy in Three Acts" during an important presentation at noon Wednesday, June 21, at the Petoskey-Bay View Country Club.
The talk is a "Lunch and Learn" event sponsored by the University of Michigan Alumni Spirit Group of Little Traverse Bay. John Branch is an assistant professor in the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, and faculty associate in the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, at the University of Michigan.
With Russia so much in the news lately, Branch's unique presentation becomes even more timely, as he delves into factors that make this nuclear-armed superpower a major player on the world stage.
Branch has been involved in a variety of European Union and other government-funded development projects, most notably in the republics of the former U.S.S.R., and in Eastern and Central Europe. He has also conducted management training in, and consulted to, numerous international companies, including Anheuser-Busch, Mercedes Benz, Oracle, Coca-Cola, Michelin, and Nestlé.
Branch currently teaches a variety of marketing and international business courses at the undergraduate, M.B.A., and executive levels, and serves as the academic director of the Ross School's part-time M.B.A. programs. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, an Ed.D. from the University of Michigan, plus an M.B.A., a masters in education, and bachelor of engineering science.
Branch began his academic career in 1993 as an assistant professor of marketing at ...cole Supérieure de Commerce de Rennes in France. Since then, he has also served as an adjunct or visiting professor at more than 40 business schools throughout world. Prior to joining Ross School of Business, Branch was on the faculty of the John M. Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis.
The presentation by Branch is open to the public. Cost is $25 and includes lunch. Proceeds benefit scholarships for incoming University of Michigan students.
To reserve tickets email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 231-347-0313. Tickets also may be purchased at the door by cash or check payable to Petoskey-Bay View Country Club (sorry, no credit cards).