Excerpt from course description

International Business


This course prepares students for working in an international business environment. The course addresses critical macro level factors in the environment and meso level factors in the organization that are fundamental for a manager to be competent in international business. This course will give students knowledge of the institutional, organizational and interpersonal factors and challenges that are critical to successful international business.

International Business is about firms engaging in cross-border economic activities or doing business abroad. International Business is an integrative perspective that draws on several functional areas of management including Strategy, Leadership, and Human Resource Management.

The course begins with an overview of the global business environment and introduces the international organization and key decisions managers have to face when going international. The environmental and organizational context will provide the backdrop for an in-depth analysis of culture and management. Special focus will be placed on the cross-cultural management, global leadership and international human resource management. Strategy and structure of the international business organization will also be discussed. Students will have the opportunity to develop their skill sets based on their knowledge of culture and management to be effective negotiators and team players. The course is built on a research-based foundation, and uses practical cases where different perspectives can be used to solve the cases, depending on the students’ academic backgrounds. 

Course content

The course content will be structured like below.

  • Introduction to globalizing business
  • Conceptualizing and understanding cultures
  • Intercultural communication and negotiation
  • Leading across or within cultures
  • Managing workforce diversity and global HRM
  • Firm competitiveness and international expansion
  • Globalization and global competition
  • Strategy and organization of global firms
  • Summary & integration


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