Knowledge of basic concepts of international business
Focus on the acquisition of knowledge, skills, and abilities utilized in the workplace within the international context. The student will examine international business environments, how business organisations operate in an international environment and gain an understanding of the development and implementation of strategy, managerial activities, and organisational issues relating to cross-border activities.
The foundations for taking effective action in the multi-layered world of international business. Frameworks for identifying and taking advantage of the opportunities presented in a dynamic global environment at the level of the country and industry. Firm-level strategic choices regarding where to engage in which activities. The challenges of integrating the multiple perspectives, functions, and interests that constitute the global firm. In the second part the students will have the opportunity to learn how to devise a market entry strategy (international markets research and analysis, simulation with real cases, interaction with international business experts).
More specifically (chapters' numbers are referred to the 16th edition, the exam will cover the following chapters)
FIRST MODULE (WHICH ALSO CORRESPONDS TO THE COURSE OF 6 CREDITS)
1. Globalization and International Business
2. The Cultural Environments Facing Business
3. The Political and Legal Environments Facing Business
4. The Economic Environments Facing Business
5. Globalization and Society
6. International Trade and Factor Mobility Theory
7. Governmental Influence on Trade
8. Cross-National Cooperation and Agreements
9. Global Foreign-Exchange Markets
10. The Determination of Exchange Rates
SECOND MODULE (ONLY FOR THOSE WHO HAVE 12 CREDITS)
11. Global Capital Markets
12. The Strategy of International Business
13. Country Evaluation and Selection
14. Export and Import
15. Direct Investment and Collaborative Strategies
16. The Organization of International Business
17. Marketing Globally
18. Global Operations and Supply-Chain Management
19. International Accounting and Finance Issues
20. International Human Resource Management
This course is designed to be highly interactive. Attending students are expected to be in class on a regular basis, speak in English only, and progress.
Daniels J.D.; Radebaugh L.H., Sullivan D.P. "International Business Environments And Operations" 16th Edition, Pearson. Since the topic is subject of frequent evolutions, it is mandatory to use only the 16th Edition-"In Consultazione" at the library.
No other editions are accepted.
Class Lecture. Assigned written exercises. Communication challenges and discussion. This course is based on a group-learning methodology, which requires cooperation among students and individual commitment. The aim of this course is to improve students’ cognitive abilities, critical evaluation of the given task and ability to work with others.
During the course attendee students will engage into discussions with their peers and the instructors based on the contents of the course. This practice will allow students to learn the most innovative international business and trade techniques and issues related to the topics exposed in the syllabus.
In addition, the attendee students will discuss real case studies. Finally the instructors will create working teams to facilitate interaction among students and to develop students’ ability to work in groups.
For 6 credits: final written exam with 15 closed questions (1 point for each correct answer) and 3 open questions (max 5 points each).
For 12 credits: final written exam with 30 closed questions (1 point for each correct answer) averaged with the results of 6 open questions (max 5 points each).
-do the first six credits (at the end of the first part, please check the online calendar) and then the second six credits (at the end of the second part)
-OR do the exam for 12 credits entirely at the end of the course (please check the online calendar)
In the unlikely event that the student does not pass one of the two parts, (s)he has to redo the entire exam (both parts).
Students who attend regularly and take part into the assignments and activities (e.g., presentations, discussions, case analysis, projects) will be assessed will have the possibility to obtain maximum 3 extra points on the final grade.
This course is based on topics that evolve very fast. This is why students from previous classes who have not yet passed the exam (i.e., debitori di prova) will have to refer exclusively to THIS syllabus and to THIS assessment criteria.