TU Professor Awarded Fulbright to Teach and Do Research in Hungary

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

J. Markham Collins, professor of finance and associate dean of the University of Tulsa College of Business Administration, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture and conduct research in Eger, Hungary during 2008.

Collins will be a guest faculty member at the Institute of Economic Science at Karoly Eszterházy College for five months beginning in February 2008. He will teach the course, "Financial Management in a Transitional Economy," and serve as an academic consultant for the administration on the college’s programs.

TU’s College of Business Administration has had an ongoing relationship with Hungary since 1990, and Collins has written two financial management books for the Hungarian market. One of his books, “About Finances Not Only for Financial Experts” has attracted attention because of its unique presentation.

"Hungarians have been interested in this finance book because it uses the country’s existing accounting rules and applies them to Hungarian examples in order to draw insights, just as is commonly done in the United States," Collins said. "Other American authors have only applied U.S. accounting principles to U.S. explanations without a Hungarian perspective. This book offers them something new, something different."

"About Finances Not Only for Financial Experts," is in its third edition and was co-authored by Collins’ wife, Rebecca Collins, a former TU accounting professor. Collins hopes to gather new information from his Fulbright visit to enhance a possible future edition of the book. His second publication for the Hungarian market, "Cash Flow and Liquidity Management," is in its second edition.

Both books present the material in a dual language format – pages present one side in English with the facing page in Hungarian. Collins believes this format is popular in the country because it builds business language skills for Hungarian students while reinforcing the information by presenting it twice.

Collins also said he looks forward to furthering the research he conducted with TU alumnus and Fulbright scholar Haden Snyder. Their collaborative research project focused on ethnic Hungarians in Transylvania and the diversity of workplace attitudes among the country’s different population groups, namely Germans, Hungarians and Romanians.

"The Fulbright award will allow me to expand on our baseline research and apply it to a larger population in a different geographical area," Collins said.

He hopes to build a partnership with a large company that operates in both Hungary and Romania for a comparative study of employees and the business environment. The research could potentially be widely used because their general methodology could be applied to other ethnically diverse work environments.

Collins is one of approximately 800 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program during the 2007–2008 academic year. The Fulbright program, which is funded by Congress, is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.