MGT 320: International Business
Course Syllabus Fall 1997

Instructor: George M. Puia, Ph.D. Office Room 617
Class Meetings

Tues. 2:00-3:15 p.m.

Room 208

E-mail Phone: mfpuia@befac.indstate.edu
Office Hours:

Monday 4:30-5:30;

Tuesday 1:00-2:00;

6:00 - 6:45

Thursday 3:15-4:00

or by appointment

Office

Home

 

 

237-2090

299-9645

(please do not call after 9:00 p.m.)


Required Texts

International Management: Managing across borders and culturs, 2nd Edition, Helen Deresky. Addison-Wesley, 1997. ISBN 0-673-98091-X

 

   
Supplementary materials

Additional readings, when utilized, will be placed on reserve at the library or will be distributed in class.

 

Course Description

Mgt 320: International Business provides an overview of the cultural, economic, financial and political forces that shape the environment of international business. Students will develop knowledge and skills to help them manage businesses across international boundaries.

 

Prerequisites

Course prerequisites will be strictly enforced. Students who lack the required prerequisite courses or approvals will be dropped from the course.

 

Course Objectives

To prepare students to conduct business in the dynamic international arena. Specifically, the course aims to help students:

 

  1. Develop an understanding of the political/economic forces that determine the "playing field" of international business.

 

 
  1. Develop an understanding and appreciation of the

  • role of culture in international management.
  •  
  • Course Objectives (cont.)

    3. Understand the unique risks and opportunities in international business.

     

     

    4. Develop an awareness of the different methods for conducting business internationally.

     

    5. Develop an understanding and sensitivity to the unique ethical issues that arise in the conduct of international business.

     

    6. Learn how to "continue learning" about international business.

     

    Preparation & Attendance

    Role will be taken in this class. Attendance at class sessions is essential to your success in this course. Much of the material will be presented through case studies and small group exercises. It is very important that you come to class prepared to discuss that day's readings. In addition to the class participation requirement in the grading scheme, lectures will routinely contain information that is not contained in the textbook and that will appear on the exams. Students are responsible for obtaining class notes from their peers for any missed lectures. On occasion, students will be requested to submit brief summaries of articles they have read or notes on case studies.

     

    Evaluation & Grading

    Grades will be developed from 4 sources:

    Assignment % of Grade

    Midterm 25%

    Semester project 25%

    Class preparation &

    participation and written

    assignments 25%

    Final exam 25%


    Grades will be assigned on the following scale

    Letter Grade Scale

    ------------ -------------

    A 92% - 100%

    B+ 89% - 91.9%

    B 82% - 88.9%

    C+ 79% - 81.9%

    C 72% - 78.9%

    D+ 69% - 71.9%

    D 60% - 68.9%

    F <60 %

     

     

    No grades of incomplete will be given at the end of the semester for the purpose of improving a grade.

     

    Make up exams

    Make-up exams will only be given when preceded by a valid excuse for missing the regular exam. All make-up exams will be administered at a common time/date

     

    Semester Projects

    There will be a semester team project. Small teams will study a group of companies to analyze how those companies have chosen to internationalize and to identify key success factors in internationalization. A detailed project syllabus will be provided the second week of class.

     

    Academic Misconduct All University, College of Business and departmental policies on academic honesty will be strictly enforced.

    MGT 642
    Tentative Assignment Schedule
    Subject to change

      Date Topic Assignments
    T 8/26

    Introduction to the course, expectations & syllabus

     

     
    H 8/28 The challenge of International Management Read Chapter 1, review terms and concepts, be prepared to discus the question, "What forces lead a country to seek business opportunities abroad?" and questions 1, 5, 10
    T 9/2 The political, economic, technological and legal environment Read Chapter 2,
    H 94 The PEST environment, workshop and case study. Read the case, conflict in Columbia, be prepared to discuss your answers to the discussion questions on page 60.
    T 9/9 The role of culture in International management Read chapter 3, review terms and concepts, be prepared to discuss
    H 9/11

    Culture workshop

     

    Student stimulation exercise
    T 9/16

    Cross cultural communication environment

     

    Read chapter 4.
    H 9/18

    Communication workshop

     

    Cross cultural communication exercise in teams.

     

    T 9/23

    Cross cultural review

     

     
    H 9/25

    Case study: Euro Disney

     

    Read case
    T 9/30 Negotiation and decision making Read chapter 6
    H  

    Case: Martinez construction in Germany

    Review for exam

     

     
    T 10/7

    Exam 1The cultural environment of International business

     

     
    H 10/9

     

     

     
    T 10/14

    Discuss exam

     

     
    H 10/16

     

     

     
    T 10/21 fall Break, no class  
    H 10/23 Project team meetings
    T

    10/28

     

       
           
    T 11/4    
    T 11/11    
    T 11/18    
    H 11/20    
    T 11/25    
      11/27 Thanksgiving Break  
    T 12/2    
    H 12/4    
    T 12/9

    Summary, what weíve learned about International Business; preparation for the final exam

     

     
        Final exam  
           

    Assignment Schedule
    (
    The assignment schedule is subject to change)

    Date Topic Assignment
    8/21    
    8/23    
    8/26    
    8/28    
    8/30    
    9/2    
    9/4

    Project development ---

     

    Bring specific questions you have concerning your semester project
    9/6

    Workshop --- Case study

     

    Read handout: "The Road to Hell" Be prepared to discuss questions related to case.
    9/9

    Project team meetings

     

     
    9/11 The Economic Environment of International Business Read Chapter 4,
    9/13

    Workshop: Case study

     

    Be prepared to discuss case

    Project milestone due

     

    9/16

    An introduction to international trade

     

    Read chapter 5
    9/18

    International trade theory continued

     

    Study Porterís diamond of advantage (p. 191)
    9/20

    Workshop: Trade game

     

     
    9/23

    Government Influences on World Trade

     

    Read Chapter 6
    9/25

    Government influences continued

     

     
    9/27

    Workshop

     

     
    9/30

    Economic Integration on Cooperative Agreements

     

    Read Chapter 7
    10/2

    Debate on NAFTA

     

    prepare team for debate
    10/4

    Preparatory session for mid-term

     

     
    10/7

    Mid-term exam (closed book, closed notes)

     

     
    10/9

    Workshop

     

     
    10/11

    Fall Break --- No Classes

     

     
    10/14 The financial environment of International Business: Foreign Direct Investment Read Chapter 9
    10/16

    Exchange rates

     

    Read Chapter 10
    10/18

    Workshop: handling foreign exchange

     

     
    10/21

    Multinational finance

     

    Read Chapter 20
    10/23

    Workshop: International finance

     

     
    10/25

    Project team meetings

     

     
    10/28

    Country evaluation: Selecting suitable markets for your company

     

    Read Chapter 11
    10/30

    Workshop: Country evaluation

     

     
    11/1

    Overview of market entry strategies

     

    Project milestone due
    11/4

    Exporting and importing and cross border marketing

     

    Read Chapter 14 and Chapter 17 (p. 612-628 only)
    11/6

    Export readiness

     

     
    11/8

    Workshop: Case study-Outback international

     

    Read the Outback international case handout and prepare to answer the discussion questions
    11/11

    Collaborative strategies

     

    Read chapter 15
    11/13

    Video: JV

     

     
    11/15

    Workshop: Construct a JV agreement

     

     
    11/18

    production sourcing

     

    Chapter 18:
    11/20

    Multinational accounting and taxes

     

    Read Chapter 19
    11/22

    Workshop

     

     
    11/25

    The impact of the MNE

     

    Read chapter 12, be prepared to answer discussion questions
    11/27-29 Thanksgiving Break  
    12/2

    Project presentations

     

    All semester projects due
    12/4

    Project presentations

     

     
    12/6

    Project presentations

     

     
    12/9    
     

    Final Exam

     

     

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