Ted Farris, professor of marketing and logistics, will research and teach in Austria during the spring 2008 semester as a Fulbright Scholar.
Farris will be at the Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences in Steyr, located near the city of Linz in Upper Austria at the confluence of the rivers Steyr and Enns.
"Steyr is about one-third the size of Denton, and has a long history as a manufacturing center," says Farris. "BMW produces 70 percent of their engines there and it's the home of Steyr Mannlicher - a firearms manufacturer best known for the Steyr AUG Luger pistol."
Farris plans to use the fellowship to further study the cash-to-cash financial flows of a business as measured through supply chain management.
"In the United States, we have concentrated on managing business between two trading partners, but when we work with a supply chain that is more than two links it becomes complicated," he says. "My research will incorporate European accounting standards and applications. Part of the appeal in taking part in a Fulbright award is the ability to extend my research internationally."
As a result of the Fulbright award, Farris has been invited to speak at logistics programs in Spain and Great Britain.
Farris says his Fulbright award grew out of the relationship the UNT Department of Marketing and Logistics has with the Upper Austrian University of Applied Sciences.
"Seven years ago we started an exchange program in logistics with the university in Steyr, but we had been getting more students from there than we had been sending," Farris says. He adds that 12 students from Steyr have attended classes at UNT, but only three UNT students have gone to Austria to study.
The Fulbright Scholar Program sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals across the world each year to lecture, conduct research and participate in seminars, according to its web site.
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