Course title: International Business and Multicultural Relations
Bulletin description: "International business: social, political, cultural and economic environments and their effects on functional management. Trade, global strategy, foreign direct investment, economic integration, foreign exchange, and the multinational enterprise."
Semester: Summer 2005
Instructor: Dr. Joel Nicholson Int'l Business Department Chair
Course: IBUS 430
Course title: Small Business Import/Export Management
Bulletin description: "Management of export and import functions within international businesses. Organizational structures employed in export-import operations, development and management of international sales, legal considerations, logistics, and financial practices."
Semester: Spring 2007
Instructor: Dr. Stephen Rudman
Project work: I teamed up with six other students to analyze the beer industry in Russia. We reported on a fictitious beer company (based in San Francisco) and presented our analysis of:
Potential Market Size for Beer in Russia
Existing Beer Companies in Russia
Available Marketing Channels
Available Organizational Forms
Foreign Direct Investment Versus Importing
Impact of Russian Laws and Regulations
Expansion into Russia was recommended, and a preliminary marketing strategy addressing the 4 P's was included.
Course: IBUS 582/ISYS 582
Course title: Information Systems Issues for Global Business
Bulletin description: "Country-level information technology environment and its influence on business operations and strategy. Opportunities and challenges for domestic and multinational businesses will be assessed in light of a country's information and telecommunication infrastructure, workforce, regulation, e-business usage, etc."
Semester: Spring 2007
Instructor: Dr. Joshua Mindel
Project work: In this class I had the opportunity to write weekly blogs on various aspects of ICT, or information and communications technology. The blogs contrasted ICT in a developing country (Panama) and a developed country (Singapore). Blog topics included:
Individual ICT use and capabilities
Business ICT use and capabilities
Government ICT use and capabilities
Telecommunications infrastructure environment
Geographic ICT clusters and parks
ICT policy, legal and regulatory environment
Final country contrasts: Panama and Singapore
Course: IBUS 590
Course title: International Environmental Analysis
Bulletin description: "Factors affecting the conduct of contemporary business transactions in a number of specific global environments."
Semester: Fall 2005
Instructor: Dr. Bruce Heiman
Project work: For this class I teamed up with three other students, and we looked at whether or not British Airways could overcome some of the barriers that have made it difficult for the company to expand into the U.S. market.
Course: IBUS 594
Course title: Doing Business in Asia-Pacific Countries
Bulletin description: "In-depth study of current issues in Asia-Pacific economic, cultural, political, social, and institutional environments and their impacts on national competitiveness within the region."
Semester: Spring 2006
Instructor: Dr. Humaira Mahi
Project work: For this class I teamed up with three other students, and we reported on Vietnam, covering these seven main areas:
Rules & Regulations
Core Competency Sectors
Current Business Environment
Hotbutton Topic : Outsourcing, Sourcing IT
Other work: I also worked on two case studies. The first looked at Coca-Cola in Vietnam and the challenges they faced there. The second case involved the rise of Daewoo, and the impact of the Asian Financial Crisis on the firm (1997-1998).
Course: IBUS 681
Course title: Seminar in Comparative Management
Bulletin description: "Analysis of managerial performance in different cultures. Examines the international dimensions of organizational behavior in different countries and the varying socioeconomic, political, and legal variables that interact with culture to affect local and international management."
Semester: Summer 2006
Instructor: Dr. Nini Yang
Course: IBUS 690
Course title: Global Strategic Management
Bulletin description: "A case study approach to business strategy, tactics, and decision-making in multinational enterprise. Interactive effects of governmental and business policies."
Semester: Summer 2006
Instructor: Dr. Yim-Yu Wong
Project work: For this class I teamed up with four other classmates to analyze Honda Motors. We conducted a SWOT analysis, and discussed at length how important environmentally sustainable practices are to the organization. Our recommendations included ways that Honda Motors can better compete with other automakers who also focus on green technologies as a way to differentiate themselves in the marketplace.