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A View of the Pasantías (Stays) with my Colegas Ticos, by Elaine S. Potoker, Ph.D.

Sept. 3 – 7; Sept. 10 – 14

Sept. 3-7, aside from teaching responsibilities, I accomplished 3 high level interviews with the following organizations: INCOP, FUNDES, and PROCOMER. INCOP is the Port Authority for the Pacific; FUNDES mission involves working to develop small to medium-sized businesses internally. PROCOMER continues where FUNDES leaves off to assist companies with their exporting activities. Several themes are emerging specific to my research focus which have implications to logistics, human resource development, and infrastructure development within the country and the region. I’m taping the interviews (in Spanish), and the Institute is assisting me with student workers who are typing transcriptions for me. I don’t know what I would do without the Institute. They’ve been instrumental in opening all the doors for me.

Sept. 12: (highlight): I was invited by a professor in the Economics Dept. to give a guest lecture to his class. I focused on transnational company trends specific to their supply chain “factors of production” choices. I tied in the importance of these trends to Costa Rica’s economic development. This was fun to do.