INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT
Course numbers STRT 571-44 & -45, Spring 2010, Mod 4
Office Location: 533 Hariri Building
Office hours: By appointment
Office Location: ICC Room 805
Office hours: By appointment
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International Business Environment is about the economics and politics of the nation in a global economy. We will study the political and economic forces that shape production, trade flows, capital flows, interest rates, exchange rates, and other variables that create the global economic landscape. The course is also about firm-level decisions in the face of these global forces. We seek to illustrate how globalization influences strategy and performance within firms. Our ultimate objective is to help you develop a framework for analyzing both opportunities and risks in a global business environment.
Course Readings, Requirements, and Grades:
Students are expected to read course materials before class.
We will ask you to form teams of about 5 people, who will work together during the mod on a Foreign Direct Investment project. Each student team imagines that they report to the senior vice president for global strategy. The SVP requests that you conduct a masterful analysis of a potential foreign direct investment with respect to a particular country, paying attention to sectoral and global competitive circumstances, real and potential customers, the competitive circumstances in the country, exchange rate considerations, and other modes for accessing the market. Please go beyond international economics by considering how the company’s organizational capacities lend themselves (or not) to a successful investment given the country’s foreign direct investment climate, which includes financial, law and regulatory, political, social, and cultural issues.
Each team will choose a real company and a ‘target’ country. Gather all relevant information and data from the company itself, government and multilateral institution sources, media reports, and any other credible sources. Please footnote and cite sources, and please include relevant course reading where possible. The company may be from any industry sector, manufacturing or service. Any country may be considered. While the project must concern a possible foreign direct investment, many teams will recommend not to invest or to recommend that investment be contingent on certain changes in their investment climate.
The project should be delivered with a one-page executive summary, a body of text 10-15 pages in length, appendices (tables, figures, pictures, etc.), and references. The project should be submitted on the last day of class. Each team will then, on the last day of class, present the results of their investigation to the class. The presentation will necessarily be succinct: six minutes with two minutes for questions. Both the presentation and the paper will be graded.
We will conclude with a final exam on DATE/TIME TBA.
Grade will be calculated as follows: Attendance/participation (20%), Group project (paper & presentation) (40%), Final exam (40%).