Dr. J. Mark Munoz, Millikin University professor of international management, has been named a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) with the Institute of British Geographers (IBG).
The Royal Geographical Society was founded in 1830 and is the United Kingdom's premier organization for the advancement of geography and its practitioners worldwide. As a learned society and professional organization, it promotes an enhanced understanding of our world.
"The fellowship is a true honor," said Dr. Munoz. "Many society members are world renowned explorers, authors, professors, and geographers. I am thrilled to be in the company of such accomplished individuals, and I am delighted to be given the privilege and opportunity to support the society's efforts."
As a member, Dr. Munoz plans to support the society by sharing his research in the field of geopolitics.
"The Royal Geographical Society is engaged in geographical research, education, fieldwork and expeditions, and geography in society," said Dr. Munoz. "I plan to be involved in advancing geopolitical research and education. Geopolitics is about the convergence of geography, politics, and economics and its impact on global events. In my view, an understanding of geopolitics is critical since it affects lives, careers, businesses, and even the fate of nations. I plan to share my findings with the society and of course, my students at Millikin."
Last summer, Dr. Munoz published a ground-breaking book titled "Handbook on the Geopolitics of Business." The book focuses on the importance of geopolitical understanding in the management of the contemporary corporation. The book features original contributions from numerous experts across the world and offers important implications for both the academic and corporate communities.
The book also has an appeal to students and professors of international business, economics and political sciences. The volume offers a comprehensive discussion of the new global terrain and makes a strong case for the consideration of geopolitics in both the study and practice of modern day business.
Dr. Munoz added, "Having a faculty member, who is a member of the society, enhances the Millikin brand and strengthens its commitment to international education and global citizenship. This fellowship inspires me to continue my research work and publications in the field of geopolitics."
The Royal Geographical Society has devoted much attention to education and was responsible for the incorporation of the study of geography in schools at the turn of the 20th century. The Institute of British Geographers was formed in 1933 by society fellows as a sister program to the RGS.
The RGS and IBG co-existed for 60 years until they merged in January 1995 to create the new Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers. Today, with 15,000 members, the society is the largest and most active of the scholarly geographical societies. For more information on the Royal Geographical Society, visit rgs.org/HomePage.htm
"I am hoping this fellowship will inspire interest in geography and geopolitics among Millikin students," said Dr. Munoz. "A high level of appreciation and comprehension of the world can be valuable in any career."