GEC Scenario #52: Native Expert

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As a petroleum engineer employed by a multinational oilfield services firm, you are planning a trip to Mexico City with one of your company’s sales teams. You will be visiting the headquarters of Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX), Mexico’s state-owned petroleum company, where your team is pitching a major business proposal. Your supervisor asks you to recruit a “native expert” to travel with and support the team, and gives you contact information for three engineers in your firm who are originally from Mexico. While these individuals are of comparable rank and expertise, you learn that one was educated at Instituto Politécnico Nacional (IPN), another at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico (UNAM), and a third at Tecnológico de Monterrey (Monterrey Tech). Which engineer would you take with you?

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Citation: Jesiek, B. K. and Woo, S. E. (Eds.). (2018). GEC Scenario #52: Native Expert. Retrieved from

License: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Nos. 1160455 and 1254323. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. We also acknowledge support for this work from Purdue's Center for Intercultural Learning, Mentorship, Assessment and Research (CILMAR).