INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS SEMINARS Winter MBA 2017 Syllabus

TEXT: Each participant has been provided with the Country and Host readings for ... general information about international business and host organizations for.
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INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS SEMINARS Winter MBA 2017 Syllabus FACULTY: The Seminar faculty leaders for this program are:



Tom Baker, University of Alabama Associate Professor of Marketing



Tammy Hunt, University of North Carolina Wilmington Associate Professor of Management

TEXT: Each participant has been provided with the Country and Host readings for the Seminar. This book provides general information about international business and host organizations for this Seminar as well as information on the countries that will be visited. STUDENT EVALUATION: For students taking the Seminar for course credit, evaluation will be based on the following: FINAL PAPER (85%): When the overseas portion of the seminar program has been completed, participants will prepare a final written report. Any late papers will result in a loss of points toward the final grade. The paper will be composed of three parts. The first part of the paper, the students will stress the academic concepts discussed in each seminar session. Students should devote approximately 2 to 3 pages for each company seminar and should provide a description of the activities associated with each seminar program. You should also discuss the significance of the topical coverage of that seminar. This part of the report will be shaped more fully by faculty members during the orientation session on the first day of the seminar and at the final wrap up session. You will also have some minidebriefing sessions after each seminar program which may prove valuable when you are writing this section of your paper. The second part of the paper will be a case analysis of one of the companies that will be hosting you. This will be about 5 to 10 pages long. Although students will be assigned one of the companies on which to complete some basic research, students will be allowed to complete this portion of the paper relative to any of the companies that are visited. This part of the paper will require students to do individual research before leaving the United States. Each participant is asked to research one of the organizations that will be visited during the seminar program. This research should enable the student to become an expert on his/her assigned company and its industry. If a company is a private firm, that does not publish public

financial data; the student will be required to do research on the general industry or market in which the company operates. This second part of the paper should be about 5 to 10 doublespaced pages. The third part of the paper, each student will be expected to write a short analysis of each of the countries visited. This analysis should be about 3-5 pages per country and should discuss their general economic and political environment. This should be oriented towards giving a view of the competitiveness of the country in the international arena. Each program at a host organization provides interesting information that students can use for descriptive writing. However you should try to go beyond this descriptive writing and engage in deeper analysis and thought. You will learn the most and generate a better paper, by focusing your thoughts and contributions in the form of analysis, questions, synthesis, lessons and connections you see to your academic courses and work experience. Try to seek larger patterns and find meaning from your experience. What longer-term trends, opportunities, threats, problems, issues and implications do you see for American managers? Professional Contribution (15%): During this program you represent yourself, Business Seminars, university, and your faculty leaders. As such, professional behavior is expected. Faculty will consider a number of factors when evaluating your professional contribution. Illustrative items that will contribute to your evaluation include: punctuality, interaction with presenters during Q&A, interaction with all others on the program, professionalism during presentations (paying attention, showing interest, appropriate body langu