International Business

Universidad de Salamanca

Course Description

  • Course Name

    International Business

  • Host University

    Universidad de Salamanca

  • Location

    Salamanca, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Business, International Business

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Available to TRACK A students ONLY.

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

    45
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    INTRODUCTION
    The increasing globalization of the market place affects all who are involved with business or
    who must make business decisions. Even those who are not directly involved in international
    business are affected in their domestic operations by international events and by the business
    activities of foreign entities. Therefore, it is imperative to be knowledgeable about the
    international business systems.

    This decade will pose many challenges and opportunities, particularly for newly industrialized
    countries (NIC). Three primary causes of these challenges are: first, these countries have
    become fierce competitors for the manufacture of high tech goods. Second, integration of the
    European Community has now created the largest trade block. Third, the acute international
    debt crisis keeps threatening the world financial structure and economic growth. This crisis has
    redirected the trade pattern away from the poor countries to the richest, and likewise has
    concentrated capital flows among the rich countries. However, in recent times we have been
    observing a shift back to LCD?s, particularly in industries that are labor intensive

    OBJECTIVES
    The main objectives of the course are:
    - Apply theories, tools, and insights found in the field of international management to
    common real world scenarios mainly throughout the use of case studies (specially from
    the Harvard Business Publishing).
    - Demonstrate or understanding of the similarities (without which no international
    business could take place) and differences among the peoples of the world and how
    they affect business management.
    - Discuss how various legal, political, economic, and cultural systems affect business
    attitudes and behavior.
    - Discuss the managerial issues related to strategic planning, human resource
    management, motivation, and leadership which arise in an international context.

    SYLLABUS
    1. Introduction to International Business Course
    1.1. Case study method: preparing an effective case analysis
    1.2. Globalisation
    Lecture and Discussion
    2. National Differences in Political Economy
    Lecture and Discussion.
    3. Differences in Culture
    Lecture and discussion on cultural dimensions to doing business internationally and identify how culture affects international management.
    Case Study or Exercise
    4. Ethics in International Business
    Lecture and Discussion.
    Case Study or Exercise
    5. The Political Economy of International Trade
    Lecture and Discussion
    6. The Strategy of International Business
    Lecture and Discussion
    Case Study or Exercise
    7. The Organization of International Business
    Lecture and Discussion
    8. Entry Strategy and Strategic Alliances
    Lecture and Discussion
    Amazon Case Study
    9. Global Leadership and Human Resource Management
    Lecture and Discussion: International Business Management and Leadership

    BIBLIOGRAPHY
    Hill, Charles W. International Business. McGraw-Hill. 7th Edition. 2009

    EVALUATION PROCEDURE
    Course evaluation will be based on the following:
    Class participation, homework 40%
    First exam 20%
    Final exam 40%
    Total 100%

    Additionally, at the end of the course, an attendance certificate will be issued upon a minimum
    attendance of 90% of the sessions.

    Academic Dishonesty
    There is zero-tolerance for any form of academic dishonesty. For that purpose an antiplagiarism
    system will be used in this course.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.