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International Business Program ranked in top 20 by U.S. News & World Report

The International Business Program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis is ranked among the top 20 best undergraduate international business programs for the eighth consecutive year by U.S. News & World Report.

The program is ranked 20 in the magazine's 2011 "America's Best Colleges" guidebook, released Aug. 31.

Dr. Joseph Rottman has been appointed Director of the IB Institute

Dr. Joseph Rottman has been appointed Director of the International Business Institute in the College of Business Administration at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Dr. Rottman joins Mr. Steve Burrows who will continue on as Director � Executive Outreach. The International Business Institute, which offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees in international business, has been ranked among the top 20 international business programs by US News and World Report for the last seven years.

Dr. Rottman, an Associate Professor of Information Systems, is an accomplished researcher in the area of global sourcing of information systems and has been actively involved in the Consortium for Undergraduate International Business Education (CUIBE). "I am very excited to join the leadership team in the Institute and look forward to working with Steve, the Advisory Board and our students to enhance our programs, increase the engagement with our international partners and continue to broaden our students' education by offering exciting and rigorous international programs."

Dr. Rottman has published numerous articles in scholarly and practitioner journals, and has been engaged internationally to aid Fortune 500 companies in managing a global workforce. He has served as Editor for several special issues in major IS journals, a research fellow in the Center for International Studies and received a research fellowship from the prestigious Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. His recent book, Offshore Outsourcing of IT Work (with Mary C. Lacity) details models and practices IT professionals can utilize to effectively engage offshore suppliers and explores emerging outsourcing markets such as rural sourcing and the Chinese market.

Mr. Steve Burrows, who has served as the interim Director of the Institute, will remain as Director � Executive Outreach. In this role, he will continue to leverage his more than 30 years of international business experience to engage, improve and expand the Institute's Advisory Board. The Advisory Board provides critical insight and guidance to the College of Business Administration on the curriculum and international markets as well as providing internships for undergraduate and graduate students. "I am thrilled to have Joe on board. His extensive research record and ties to universities around the world will really help the Institute. With his help, I will be able to better focus my efforts on engaging our Board and enhance our visibility and reputation within the St. Louis business community."

About Dr. Rottman: Dr. Joseph Rottman is an Associate Professor of Information Systems at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and a Research Fellow in both the Center for International Studies and the International Business Institute, as well as a research fellow with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. He has conducted case studies in over 40 firms and has been engaged by Fortune 500 firms to analyze their offshore strategies. His recent book, Offshore Outsourcing of IT Work (with Mary C. Lacity), details models and practices IT professionals can utilize to effectively engage offshore suppliers and explores emerging outsourcing markets such as rural sourcing and the Chinese market. His publications have appeared in Sloan Management Review, MIS Quarterly Executive, Information Systems Frontiers, Strategic Outsourcing: An International Journal, IEEE Computer, the Journal of Information Technology, the American Review of Public Administration and Information and Management and leading practitioner outlets such as CIO Insight and the Cutter Consortium. He earned his Doctor of Science in Information Management from Washington University in St. Louis. He has conducted research and spoken internationally on global sourcing, innovation diffusion and public sector IT. He was the 2006 recipient of the Anheuser-Busch Excellence in Teaching award, and is on the editorial board of MIS Quarterly Executive.

About Mr. Burrows: Since his retirement from Anheuser-Busch Companies in December 2008, Stephen (Steve) J. Burrows formed Red Spider LLC to pursue two of his long-term interests; education and business consulting. Steve is currently a professor in residence at Nanjing University in Nanjing China where he teaches a Business Strategy Course for the International MBA program. He also teaches in Vietnam and Finland. Steve also consults with a number of private equity firms investing overseas and several companies who are engaged in business development in China and other Asian markets.

Prior to his retirement, Steve was employed by Anheuser-Busch for 30 years. For the last 15 years he was an officer of the company and member of the senior executive management team. Most recently he served as the chief executive officer and president of Asia Pacific Operations for Anheuser-Busch International, Inc. He served as a member of the strategy committee for the parent company; a board member of Anheuser-Busch International, Inc.; and on the boards of a number of Anheuser-Busch International subsidiaries. Burrows previously served as a board member of the Harbin Brewery Group Ltd. in China and Crown Beers India Ltd. in India and as vice-chairman of the board of directors of Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd., in Qingdao China.