The Lucas Graduate School of Business at San Jose State University

The International Module at SJSU Lucas Graduate School of Business will expose you to a “Silicon Valley Experience for International Executives”. Being in the Capital of the Silicon Valley, the geographic focus of the program will be: Culture, Enterprises, and Businesses of the Silicon Valley. The thematic focus of the program, Entrepreneurship, Global Leadership, and Innovation, is a reflection of our faculty’s experience working with many of the innovative enterprises in the Silicon Valley.

During your week in San José you will hear from global experts and leading company executives about:

  • The culture and the history of the Silicon Valley as a center for global innovation,
  • How local venture capitalists fuel new venture creation and explore various proven methods for promoting innovation,
  • New business models that incorporate state-of-the-art technological change, and
  • The fundamental skills required to lead global corporations in a multicultural environment.

One Washington Sq, San Jose, CA 95192

Mahesh Rajan

Consortium Faculty Director
Tel: +1 408 924-3537
Phone:408 924-3420
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Taught by some of our leading faculty members, the weeklong program at the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business at San José State University is designed to provide rich and meaningful insights into the entrepreneurial and innovative culture and ecosystems that are the distinctive competencies of Silicon Valley, accompanied by enjoyable and memorable social activities.
Program at glance
  • Saturday, September 16th: Evening: Opening Dinner (pick-up: 5:30 pm @ Hotel)
  • Sunday, September 17th: 
    All day: Monterey, CA (includes visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium)
  • Monday, September 18th: 
    Theme: Global Leadership

    Morning: Class meetings. Instructor: Dr. Joyce Osland
    In the increasingly complex world of global business and the necessity to collaborate with colleagues, partners, and customers on a global scale, it is imperative that the workforce of the future acquire the skills of collaboration and leadership.
    Afternoon: Company Visit - Applied Materials, Inc. (TBD)
    Evening: Free Evening
  • Tuesday, September 19th:
    Theme: Entrepreneurship, Venture Capital, and Startups
    Morning: Class meetings. Instructor: Dr. Anuradha Basu
    Dr. Anuradha Basu will deliver this topic together with speakers who are venture capitalists, serial entrepreneurs, and startup founders.
    Afternoon: Company Visit - Plug and Play Tech Center (TBD)
    Evening: Free Time
  • Wednesday, September 20st:  
    Theme: Foresight and Innovation Part I
    Morning: Class meetings. Instructor: TBD
    This will be conducted as a workshop to introduce the participants to various methods that are used by for-profit and non-profit enterprises to create innovation. A current business and/or societal issue will be selected as the theme of the workshop and the Foresight and Innovation method will be used by teams of participants to create innovative solutions to the stated problem.
    Afternoon: Company Visit - TBD
    Evening: No-host dinner @ San Pedro Square, San Jose, CA
  • Thursday, September 21nd:
    Theme: The Culture of the Silicon Valley and its Enterprises
    Morning: Class meetings. Instructor: Richard Okumoto
    An introduction to the culture of the Silicon Valley, its history and evolution to making the region a world recognized center of innovation. This will be illustrated through a look at various enterprises and their history that best represent this culture.
    Afternoon: Company Visit - TBD
    Evening: Free Time
  • Friday, September 22rd:  
    Theme: Foresight and Innovation Part II
    Morning: Class meetings. Instructor: TBD
    This will be conducted as a workshop to introduce the participants to various methods that are used by for-profit and non-profit enterprises to create innovation. A current business and/or societal issue will be selected as the theme of the workshop and the Foresight and Innovation method will be used by teams of participants to create innovative solutions to the stated problem.
    Afternoon: Company Visit - TBD
    Evening: Program Evaluation and Closing Dinner
  • Saturday, September 23th: Free day for Shopping/Sightseeing
    Suggested*: Tour of San Francisco and Napa Valley. * Optional at own expense
  • Sunday, September 24th: Participants’ Return to Home City

Anuradha Basu
Professor in the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business, and the Director of the Silicon Valley Center for Entrepreneurship, at San José State University, California. Prior to joining SJSU, she was an Associate Professor in the Business School at the University of Reading, U.K., and a Visiting Scholar, Stanford Center for International Development. She is the Chair of the Entrepreneurship concentration at SJSU. Her research has covered the fields of development economics in India, China, and Africa, and entrepreneurship in the U.K. and U.S. She is co-author of The Oxford Handbook of Entrepreneurship (Oxford University Press) and several journal articles on ethnic minority and immigrant entrepreneurship, and family business. She has a Ph.D. and an MPhil degree in Economics from the University of Cambridge, England, an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, India, and a BA (Honors) degree in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi, India.

Stephen K. Kwan

Dr. Kwan is the Lucas Professor of Service Science in the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business at San José State University. He is currently the Associate Dean of the Lucas Graduate School of Business. He was the founding chair of the MIS department and had served as the Senior Associate Dean of the College. He is actively involved in research, teaching, and community activities in Service Science, Management, Engineering, and Design (SSMED). He is a recipient of multiple IBM Faculty Awards, and grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He had also worked on projects with TOTVS, Sun Microsystems, Cisco, Microsoft, HP, the State of California, the US Army, etc. His current research interests include Standards Education, Global Trade in Services, Service Systems & Service Value Networks, and Design Thinking for Service System Innovation. He had published in the areas of Service Science, Queueing Systems, Database Management, E-Commerce, Standards Education and Standards Policy. He received a B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Oregon, and a Ph.D. in Management from UCLA.

Michael A. Merz

Dr. Merz is an Associate Professor of Marketing and the Director of Online Initiatives in the Lucas College of Business at San José State University. His main research areas comprise the study of business-to-business and consumer branding, service-dominant logic, and cross-cultural marketing. He has published in international peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Journal of Business Research, Industrial Marketing Management, and Journal of International Marketing. He has a Ph.D. in International Management with a Marketing concentration from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa.

Richard Okumoto

A Lecturer in the Lucas Graduate School of Business MBA program and College of Business at San José State University for the past six years. Richard has been an advisor, a judge, and is slated to be the new Administration Director for the 50 year old International Collegiate Strategy Business Competition (ICBSC) where universities around the world compete. Prior to joining the Faculty at SJSU Richard worked over thirty years in the Silicon Valley where he held such positions as Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and Division General Manager for several public and private technology companies. He has worked in the semiconductor industry, the semiconductor equipment industry, the PC industry, and the software industry for such companies as: Fairchild Semi, Novellus/Lam Research, Commodore Computers, and Digital Research. He has completed an IPO, complex M&A transactions, and was a CFO whistleblower in a public company under Sarbanes/Oxley (a case study was written on his experience). Richard currently serves on the Boards of Public, Private, and Non-profit companies where he is Chairman of the Audit Committees and a member of the Strategy Committees. He is a NACD Governance Fellow and a SEC qualified independent board member and financial expert. Richard holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from SJSU, a Master’s Degree in Communications from Gonzaga University, and is currently a PhD student in Information Sciences at Queensland University of Technology. Richard holds the Registered Financial Consultant (RFC®) designation.

Joyce Osland

The Lucas Endowed Professor of Global Leadership and the Executive Director of the Global Leadership Advancement Center at San José State University. She is a specialist in international management with a focus on global leadership, Latin American management, and organization development. Working primarily in international development, she spent 14 years in seven different countries, mainly in Latin America and West Africa. Joyce received her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University. She taught in the MBA program and executive education programs at INCAE in Costa Rica from 1989-1992. Joyce has received numerous awards for teaching and research, most recently the Journal of Management Inquiry Scholar award for career achievement and the International Management Division’s Outstanding Educator Award, the highest teaching award in her field. A former president of the Western Academy of Management (WAM), she was honored with that organization's Ascendant Scholar Award and the Joan Dahl Leadership Award.

Mahesh Rajan

Dr. Mahesh Rajan is Professor and Faculty Director of Executive Education Programs at the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business, San José State University, where he teaches in the areas of Global Enterprise Management and Marketing.  In addition to teaching at San José State University, Professor Rajan has taught at several eminent business schools in the United States, Australia, Japan and Central America including the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), Australian Graduate School of Management at the University of New South Wales, the University of Western Australia, Nagoya University of Foreign Studies, and INCAE. He has also had considerable work experience in the private sector in India, Japan, and the USA, including being a Director at Lyncs Incorporated (Japan), a licensee of Millward Brown (a British multinational market research firm focused on advertising effectiveness, strategic communication, media and brand equity research).


Here are the two recommended options for all participants in the International Week from September 16 through September 23.  

Option 1:  Residence Inn near San Jose Airport - this is a 3 star hotel (and where many participants in last year's program stayed; ride VTA Light Rail #901 or #902 to SJSU campus).  We have negotiated the following rate for the program participants;
King Studio - $249/night plus 14.95% occupancy tax plus $1 per room per night.
Below is the custom webpage for EMBA Consortium participants to easily book their reservations at the group rate.
If guests prefer to book their reservations over the phone, please call our reservation line at  1-844-853-1514 and mention that you are staying with the "EMBA Consortium” group.

Option 2: Convention Inn and Suites - this is a no frills but decent motel within walking distance to the university campus.  While the exterior may not be the most appealing, the interior has been renovated extensively; the rooms have been very tastefully renovated (clean, spacious and comfortable) and one will not get the feeling that they are in a no-frills motel once inside their rooms. Hence, it will be a good alternative for budget conscious participants but we want to emphasize that this is a no-frills motel.   
We have negotiated the following rates for the program participants; please contact Nick Morar and mention that you will be part of the EMBA Consortium program at the Lucas College, San Jose State University.  Please note that the discounted rates for the EMBA Consortium participants are available only till June 30, 2017.  The rooms fill up quickly and hence, participants are advised to reserve their rooms as soon as possible. :
King Bed room - $110/night plus taxes
Double King Bed Suite (two bedrooms in the suite) - $130/night plus taxes (2 people)
Double King Bed Suite (two bedrooms in the suite)  - $150/night plus taxes (4 people)
There are only limited Double King Bed Suites. 
The link for the motel is here. You can also make your reservation by phone (408) 295-5558 or  email


As much as possible, we would like to discourage participants from making their own alternative arrangements since it apparently caused quite a bit of problems in terms of program/schedule coordination and management last year.

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