Dr. Michael Barry of the Bolte School of Business spent the summer in several cities in China. In his previous positions as an economist with the US Treasury Department, the US International Trade Commission, and the US Department of Commerce, and as an associate with an international law firm, Dr. Barry spent much of his career working and studying in China, Russia, and other transition economies. With generous support from the Mount, BDP International, and the Bolte family, Dr. Barry was excited to return to China this summer.
He spent the summer in China, mostly in the cities of Shanghai, Qingdao, and Yantai, conducting research on global logistics, working at BDP International's Shanghai and Qingdao offices, teaching economics in several universities, and studying Chinese language.
BDP International operates offices in dozens of countries, with branches in 11 Chinese cities. Dr. Barry worked in the Shanghai and Qingdao offices, learning the business of freight forwarding and global logistics. His stay was arranged by BDP executive and Mount alumni Frank Bolte, and facilitated by both BDP and Mount funding. Dr. Barry interviewed dozens of BDP executives and studied BDP operations around China. He developed three computable general equilibrium models of global logistics for publication in several academic journals, including the Journal of Chinese Economics. His time with BDP-China has provided him with invaluable knowledge and materials for use in his economics courses back at the Mount.
Dr. Barry also visited a dozen Chinese universities, teaching courses on international economics and CGE modeling at several of them. These universities included the Shandong Institute of Business and Technology, Qindao's University of Foreign Trade, Shanghai's University of Foreign Trade, and Fudan University. In graduate school and during his work in the US government, Dr. Barry completed 4 years study of Mandarin Chinese, and was excited to work with tutors in China this summer to improve his skills.
Dr. Barry is currently working with staff in BDP Singapore's offices to create an online course through BDP-University. Dr. Barry will conduct the online course for BDP staff in Asian countries later this semester. He is also working with Dean Karl Einolf and the School of Business to develop a study abroad program in China for Mount students.