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JOHN CABOT UNIVERSITY

COURSE CODE: "MGT 426"
COURSE NAME: "International Management "
SEMESTER & YEAR: Fall 2019
SYLLABUS

INSTRUCTOR: Colin Biggs
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: TTH 3:00-4:15 PM
TOTAL NO. OF CONTACT HOURS: 45
CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES: Prerequisite: MGT 301
OFFICE HOURS: By appointment

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:
This heavily case-based course provides students with an up-to-date, detailed overview of all the main challenges and opportunities arising in international management. It is particularly designed to help impart a set of practical and portable skills that students can take away with them, as well as offering a real insight into the adjustments which need to be made in order to manage effectively and cross-culturally.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
By the end of this course students will understand and be able to appreciate and illustrate the key issues under-pinning international management.  They will also have an enhanced cultural awareness of diversity and its potential power for effective international management.
TEXTBOOK:
Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberComments
International Management: Culture, Strategy, and Behavior, 10th editionFred Luthans and Jonathan DohMcGraw-Hill13: 9781259705076  
REQUIRED RESERVED READING:
NONE

RECOMMENDED RESERVED READING:
NONE
GRADING POLICY
-ASSESSMENT METHODS:
AssignmentGuidelinesWeight
First individual case-based individual projectShort case on cross-cultural communications15%
Active participationThis is a highly participative course.10%
   
Second assignmentLonger individual assignment25%
Small-group projectMajor group project for which detailed guidance and assistance will be provided50%

-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:
This is an introductory course in Comparative Business Cultures in a context of International Business and Management.  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, and relocation of business activities to different countries.
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



Week

Topic

Reading *

Principal activities

1

Introduction to International Management (IM)

Chapter 1 of textbook

Pair work

Review of Nestle video

2

Political, legal and technological environment

Chapter 2

Class discussion

3

Ethics, social responsibility and sustainability

Chapter 3

Nike case

4

Culture – meanings and dimensions

Chapter 4

Fiat-Chrysler role-play

5

Managing across cultures

Chapter 5

Class exercise

6

Organisational cultures and diversity

Chapter 6

Self-assessment exercise

7

Cross-cultural communication and negotiation

Chapter 7

Coca-Cola and Walmart cases

8

Strategy: formulation and implementation

Chapter 8

Second Coca Cola case

9

Entry strategies and organisational structures

 

Chapter 9

Nestle

10

Managing political risk, government relations, and alliances

Chapter 10

Google

11

Management decision and control

 

Chapter 11

 

Google and Tata cases

12

Leading and motivating across cultures

Chapters 12 and 13

Videos

13

Thematic review of course

Review of course and  slides

14

Group presentations

Third assignment due: group project and presentation

* The assigned textbook for this course is:

Fred Luthans and Jonathan Doh, International Management:Culture, Strategy, and Behavior, 10th edition, McGraw-Hill, 2017.

 

Additional learning materials will include articles, cases, and video and other digital media.

 

There will be a very strong emphasis throughout the course on building students’ skills in international management.