Aysun Fiçici received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from UMass Lowell in 1986, a Master of Arts in Political Science from Harvard University in 1993, a Master in Business Administration from New Hampshire College in 1999, a Master of Science in International Business from SNHU in 2001, a Master of Science in Business Education in 2002, and Doctor in Business Administration in International Business from SNHU in 2005. Dr. Ficici teaches Theories of Globalization in the doctoral program and her teaching portfolio includes International Corporate Governance, International Business Negotiations, Survey of International Business, International Business Project as well as special topics in international business.
Dr. Ficici’s research spans a wide range of macro and micro issues in international business including Globalization; Emerging Markets and Transition Economies; European Union and its Trade Negotiations; Mergers and Acquisitions, Strategic Alliances and Joint Ventures; Economic Geography; and Political Economy. Geographic areas of her research are focused on Latin America; China, South East Asia, South Asia, and West Asia – Eurasia.
Education: DBA in International Business from SNHU, MS in Business Education and MS in International Business from SNHU, MBA in Business Administration from SNHU, MA in Political Science from Harvard University, B.A. in Political Science from UMass Lowell.
Dr. Bill Lightfoot brings to the table over 15 years of global senior leadership experience, including seven years overseas in multicultural organizations. He most recently served as Managing Director of Village Inc. Africa, where he developed a new business model for driving economic development in rural communities. He has also served as Dean of Brenau University’s College of Business and Mass Communication and as Associate Dean of Graduate Programs, Institutional Advancement, and Strategic Planning at the International University of Monaco.
Dr. Lightfoot earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Bucknell University before moving on to earn his MBA in General Management from the University of North Carolina. He also earned his Ph.D. in Organization and Management from Capella University and possesses a CCMP (Certified Change Management Professional) Certificate from the Association of Chance Management Professionals.
Dr. C. Bülent Aybar is the Chair of International Business Department and the Director of Ph.D. Program. Dr. Aybar’s main teaching and research interests are in international corporate finance and risk management. His current research work include empirical analysis of various aspects of emerging market multinationals, cross-border mergers and acquisitions and risk management in Emerging Market context. His doctoral level teaching focuses on seminars in Multinational Corporate Finance and Globalization and Economic Reform in Emerging Markets.
Dr. Aybar is an active researcher and frequent participant in academic and professional forums in his field. His most recent publications appeared in Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Asia Pacific Business, Emerging Markets Review, International Review of Financial Analysis, Multinational Business Review, Journal of International Public Administration and Journal of East-West Business. Dr. Aybar is a member of Academy of International Business and European Finance Association. Dr. Aybar regularly serves as a referee for journals such as Journal of International Business Studies, International Business Review, Journal of World Business, European Management Review, Journal of Multinational Financial Management, Global Finance Journal, Multinational Finance Journal, Emerging Markets Review and Thunderbird Review of International Business. In addition to his full time appointment at SNHU, Dr. Aybar regularly lectures in several short term graduate programs in Europe and Harvard Summer School.
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Dr. Broaden is currently a professor of International Business and Organizational Leadership at Southern New Hampshire University. She received her doctorate in International Business, with a concentration in International Finance. Her current research focus is in the area of small business development and foreign direct investment on a global basis. She is particularly interested in FDI to African nations and has recently published in this area. She is also interesting in the shifting patterns of FDI within emerging markets and the re-shoring of FDI by manufacturing firms.
Prior to her academic career, Dr. Broaden worked in a number of multinational firms where she was an executive managing international human resource activities as well as being a member of the company's strategic management team. In her last assignment she lived in Toronto Canada for three years and managed operations in Canada and France. A key assignment was talent management and Dr. Broaden was responsible for recruiting and placing global talent.
Dr. Broaden holds the Certified Global Business Professional designation from NASBITE International , which is the qualification in Global Commerce and she is a member of the Foreign Direct Investment Association. She is a member of numerous trade and professional groups in her field.
Massood Samii is professor of International Business and director of the Institute for International Business at Southern New Hampshire University. Previously he directed the Ph.D. program and chaired the International Business Department. He was a senior lecturer at MIT’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering from 1992 to 2007. Previously, he was with the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he did research on global energy and oil markets. He served OPEC Secretariat in Vienna Austria for a number of years as a senior economist and the head of the finance section. During his tenure at OPEC, he was involved in a numerous projects including OPEC Long Term Strategy, and Oil Pricing Strategy.
Dr. Samii has also directed numerous projects for the U.S. Department of Education. In 2004, he was recognized by the Governor of State of New Hampshire and the New Hampshire International Trade Association (NHITA) for outstanding contribution to the State’s International Business and Trade. He is a member of the Advisory Board of Governor Office of International Commerce (OIC) and of the Texas A & M International University Ph.D. program. In addition, he has done numerous executive training and consulting internationally.
Dr. Samii has lectured and published widely on issues of energy, economic development, risk analysis, and international business. His articles have appeared in the journals of Energy Policy, Energy and Development, OPEC Review, Petroleum Management, the International Trade Journal, and Thunderbird International Business. He was an official observer representative to the IMF Interim Committee, World Bank Development Committee, and UNCTAD Trade and Development Committee. He is on the editorial board of a number of International Journals. His book titled International Business and Information technology was published by Rutledge. His area of research includes Risk Analysis and Management for Foreign Direct Investment, International Business Strategy, Dynamic Strategy, and International Oil Market.
Megan Gassman is a lecturer in the international business department at SNHU, though she has been a fixture at SNHU for years: Gassman served as an adjunct instructor at SNHU beginning in 2012. Since then, she has taught courses ranging from Introduction to International Business to Sports, Society, & Ethics. After moving to Colby-Sawyer College for an Assistant Professor position in the Exercise and Sport Sciences Department, Gassman returned to SNHU in 2016.
While serving as an adjunct professor at SNHU in 2014, Gassman was nominated by her students for the Excellence in Teaching Award, underlining her dedication to her classes. She is a member of the North American Society for Sport Management and the Academy of International Business.
Gassman is an SNHU alumna, having earned her B.S. in Sport Management in 2009 and her Master of Business Administration with a Concentration in Sport Management in 2011. She is currently working toward her Ph.D. in International Business, and expects to complete the program in 2017.