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Global Perspectives

This interdisciplinary course will examine the current and future global situation and the forces shaping it.  We begin with a look at globalization and the technological, political, economic and social forces shaping this world.  We then look at America’s role in the post Cold War and 9/11 world, and what are the US’ strategic interests.  Much of the class will involve student presentations on current world issues (e.g., the differences and conflict between Sunni vs. Shi’a Muslims, China’s one-child policy) as well as broader tendencies (e.g., the emerging middle class, climate change).

International Business Environments

This course provides students with an overview of the context in which international business occurs - the cultural, political, legal, economic, environmental and institutional settings. The course covers topics including the globalized environment of the 21st century; the cultural challenges of international business, the political, legal, economic and institutional contexts; basic theory of international trade and foreign exchange markets and exchange rates. 

International Business Operations

This course provides students with an overview of the issues managers face in running international businesses.  It begins with a consideration of the culture of international business and the phenomenon of globalization.  It then considers the strategy of international business, country evaluation and selection, export and import strategies, direct investment and collaboration strategies, the organization of international business, international marketing, global manufacturing and supply chain management, and international accounting, finance and human resources issues.

Legal Aspects of International Business

This course provides an overview of the framework of international law and international organizations and treaties, as well as the commercial law and rules that govern international commerce, together with a discussion of key legal and political developments that will affect global business in the next decade.  Specifically, it discusses the nature of international law; dispute resolution; the basics of contract law; documentary sales, shipping and incoterms, tariffs and world trade regulation, representatives, distributors and anti-corruption laws; intellectual property protection and licensing; and foreign controls on investments, takings and nationalizations.

International Business Strategy

This course builds on the introductory graduate international business course to concentrate on global strategy formulation and implementation.  In an increasingly globalized world, with more and more businesses that must consider a global strategy; this course seeks to provide the tools and contextual information to understand, develop and carry out business strategy in the international arena.

The core of the course will be an examination of the international strategy parameters and concerns businesses must confront.  However, the course seeks to go beyond an academic or theoretical understanding of international business strategy by providing three critical types of context:

√ A review of the business environment in a number of the major international business markets through weekly student PowerPoint presentations concerning a specific country or region
√ An examination of certain cross-national issues (e.g., offshoring, worldwide aging, 3D manufacturing) that influence international business strategy through student PowerPoint presentations and survey (extended) articles from The Economist, as well as through scholarly business articles
√ A discussion of a number of “real-world” business cases in class


My objective in this course is to provide non-American business and non-business students with an overview of how to start a business and how to export to the US.  This course involves two separate units:

√ Starting a business (Unit 1)
√ Doing business internationally (Unit 2)

Each unit involves a series of four 60-70 minute lectures (in English) and then the development and delivery of a PowerPoint presentation.