Ms. Tiffany Taylor
Specialization: Business Management
Home institution in US: At-Large, Mississippi
Host Institution in India: University of Mumbai, Maharashtra  
Start date/Month in India: August 2012
Duration of grant: 9 months

Brief Bio:
Ms. Tiffany Taylor is a senior at the University of Chicago, Illinois. As a student marshal, the highest academic honor given to undergraduates, her studies include concentrations in economics, sociology and Asian studies. This past summer she worked at Google as a summer associate product manager, completing a summer project to help with Google for Nonprofits marketing strategy. She also founded HouseAid, Inc. and Destination College, Inc. and volunteered in Ndola, Zambia as a global village volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. Ms. Taylor has strong research interests in a combination of fields: economics of urban policies, education, sociology, and behavioral finance. A Mellon Mays Undergraduate Research Fellow, she was a research assistant at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business studying organizations and strategy. In previous summers she worked at Credit Suisse as a Doug Paul Scholar in investment banking and private equity and spent two summers at Morgan Stanley. She loves Spanish literature and plans to study Portuguese her senior year. Her passion is learning about different cultures, and she has studied abroad in France, South Africa, China and Tanzania.

Ms. Taylor’s Fulbright research project, “Corporate Social Responsibility in Africa: Indian Corporate Executive’s Perspectives,” will add a needed and timely dimension to the field of Indian-African relations by examining the Indian perspective of corporate social responsibility amongst Indian business operations in Africa. Three research questions guide this study to gain an understanding of the context that drives Indians to invest in Africa: What specifically attracts large amounts of Indian executives to build operations in Africa? What are the standards that Indian executives draw on for supervision, including legal frameworks, voluntary standards and company policies as it relates to corporate social responsibility? How do these standards that Indian executives draw on for supervision when conducting corporate social responsibility in African communities, compare to their organization’s similar operations within Indian communities?”