2019 MBA International Trip

Manaus, Brazil & the Western Amazonas

May 2019


I would like to invite you to consider registering for BUA 596, the MBA International Travel course for May 2019. The destination for the course is the Brazilian Amazon Gateway City of Manaus and the Uakari Lodge in Western Amazonas. This is the third time I have led a trip to Manaus, including its Free Trade Zone loaded with major manufacturers’ operations, and the Uakari Floating Lodge in the remote Mamiraua Sustainable Development Reserve. While the linked video will show our destinations during past visits, additional links will provide access to attractions we will visit while in Manaus and Western Amazonas.

The Manaus Free Trade Zone (Zona Franca) has attracted major world businesses to establish manufacturing operations. Among other businesses, we will visit and tour the Honda plant, one of the original anchor businesses. Employing 10,000, it is the largest motorcycle assembly plant outside of Japan. The management of Honda brought its entire supply chain to Manaus, accounting for the large economic impact of the plant and also providing a base that attracted 17 other motorcycle manufacturers.

What we will do: We will visit some unique businesses to learn from both historical and new business practices that have made them successful.  We will also visit historical places to experience the history and culture.

Note the group will begin periodic meetings in the spring semester. The students will do assignments related to the trip and talk with invited speakers.

Who will go on the trip: This field experience course is designed for UMaine MBA students, but is open to all UMaine graduate students.  Selected business mentors willing to share their business experience and expertise are also invited to join us.

The cost of this trip is still being determined. Students must also pay 3 credit tuition for BUA 596 – International Field Study.

If interested, please contact Jackie Blackwell at jacqueline.blackwell@maine.edu.  The number of travelers is strictly limited.  To secure a seat on this trip, you will need to provide a readable copy of the first page of your passport (showing your full name, date of birth and passport number) which is required for purchase of flight tickets AND a $300.00 deposit by no later than November 1st.

Course Leaders:  Professor Harold Daniel