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JOHN CABOT UNIVERSITY

COURSE CODE: "MGT 426"
COURSE NAME: "International Management "
SEMESTER & YEAR: Fall 2017
SYLLABUS

INSTRUCTOR: Riccardo Maiolini
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: TTH 10:00-11:15 AM
TOTAL NO. OF CONTACT HOURS: 45
CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES: Prerequisite: MGT 301
OFFICE HOURS:

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This is an introductory course in Comparative Business Cultures in a context of International Business and Management, covering the work of Clyde Kluckholm and Fred Strodtbeck, Gary Ferraro, Bjorn Bjerke, Fons Trompenaars, Geert Hofstede as well as the G.L.O.B.E. project. The emphasis in this course is on understanding and applying one’s knowledge of different national cultures as an aid to improved management of human resources, enhanced cross border trade, relocation of business activities to different countries, as well as on the “melding” of different cultures in multinationals as well as companies which are involved in joint ventures, mergers, or take-overs.
SUMMARY OF COURSE CONTENT:

·       Understand the entrepreneur and the entrepreneurial process.

·       Explore the processes for developing new business ideas, preparing feasibility analyses, and writing business plans.

·       Review the techniques and methods of fundraising and financing for small business.

·       Study the fundamentals of actually getting a business off the ground, including organizational and human resource issues, legal structures, financial planning and cash flow, marketing, e-commerce, etc. 

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

 

The competencies to be developed aim at reading and interpreting the actions of an international enterprise. The final objective is to enable the students to undertake their own informed analysis of international business situations, bringing out the strategic issues involved.

At the end of the course students should be able to:

·      Understand what determines the success and failure of companies around the globe

·       Use analytical frameworks adopted in the screening of national markets;

·       Define the key factors in the firm’s internationalization process by evaluating the international business environment, stressing particularly the economic and cultural dimensions;

·       Recognize the tensions in adopting a global standardized action as opposed to a locally responsive action in international management and relate these to the overall corporate strategy of companies;

TEXTBOOK:
Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberComments
International BusinessCharles Hill Mc Graw Hill 9780078112775  
REQUIRED RESERVED READING:
NONE

RECOMMENDED RESERVED READING:
NONE
GRADING POLICY
-ASSESSMENT METHODS:
AssignmentGuidelinesWeight
Class Participation 15%
Individual mid term exam  25%
Individual final exam  30%
Group presentationCase Analysis and Application of Methodologies and Frameworks used in class 30%

-ASSESSMENT CRITERIA:
AWork of this quality directly addresses the question or problem raised and provides a coherent argument displaying an extensive knowledge of relevant information or content. This type of work demonstrates the ability to critically evaluate concepts and theory and has an element of novelty and originality. There is clear evidence of a significant amount of reading beyond that required for the course.
BThis is highly competent level of performance and directly addresses the question or problem raised.There is a demonstration of some ability to critically evaluatetheory and concepts and relate them to practice. Discussions reflect the student’s own arguments and are not simply a repetition of standard lecture andreference material. The work does not suffer from any major errors or omissions and provides evidence of reading beyond the required assignments.
CThis is an acceptable level of performance and provides answers that are clear but limited, reflecting the information offered in the lectures and reference readings.
DThis level of performances demonstrates that the student lacks a coherent grasp of the material.Important information is omitted and irrelevant points included.In effect, the student has barely done enough to persuade the instructor that s/he should not fail.
FThis work fails to show any knowledge or understanding of the issues raised in the question. Most of the material in the answer is irrelevant.

-ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS:

There are no attendance requirements for this course, but repeated absences are likely to affect the class participation grade. Students who miss classes are responsible for the material covered and any handouts given. Do not expect all handouts to be posted on the course site. 

ACADEMIC HONESTY
As stated in the university catalog, any student who commits an act of academic dishonesty will receive a failing grade on the work in which the dishonesty occurred. In addition, acts of academic dishonesty, irrespective of the weight of the assignment, may result in the student receiving a failing grade in the course. Instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean of Academic Affairs. A student who is reported twice for academic dishonesty is subject to summary dismissal from the University. In such a case, the Academic Council will then make a recommendation to the President, who will make the final decision.
STUDENTS WITH LEARNING OR OTHER DISABILITIES
John Cabot University does not discriminate on the basis of disability or handicap. Students with approved accommodations must inform their professors at the beginning of the term. Please see the website for the complete policy.

SCHEDULE

Class Topic Chapter
  Globalization
1 Introduction to the course - Globalization 1
2 Political Economy and Development 2, 3
3 Differences in Culture & Ethical principles  
4 Case Discussion Exploiting cultural differences
  Global Trade and Investments
5 International trade teory 6,7
6 Foreign Direct Investments 8
7 Regional Economic Integration 9
8 Case Discussion Ericsson FDI
  Strategy and international Management
9 The International Strategy I 13
10 The International Strategy II  
11 The Organization of International Business 14,15
12 Review Class  
     
13 Intermediate Assignment  
  Entry Strategies
14 Entry Strategies Competitive Advantages for Nations
15 Late mover strategic innovations Going global: Lessons from late movers
16 Case Discussion Going global from the Periphery
  International Business Functions
17 Exporting, Importing and Countertrade 16
18 Global Marketing and R&D 18
19 Human Resources and management  
20 Case Discussion Int R&D
  International Chalenges
21 Case Discussion Tommy Hilfilgher
22 Case Discussion Google China
23 Case Discussion Lego
24 Case Discussion Ikea & Trip Trap
  Receiving presentations by email
25 Review Class  
26 Group Presentation  
27 Group Presentation  
28 Group Presentation