International Management

Course Number: BUSADMIN 4140
Course Name: International Management (Online)
Course Description:    This course focuses on the management of an enterprise engaged in international business. Topics include: why international business occurs, the nature and influence of the host country environment on firms conducting international business, how international strategic alternatives for these firms are identified and evaluated, the influence of culture on managers and managerial practices, and the ethical concerns and social responsibility associated with managing international business activities.
Prerequisites:    BUSADMIN 1300 and BUSADMIN 2330
Level: Undergraduate
Credits: 3
Format: Online  (This course is also offered in print.)
Program: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Registration Instructions

NOTE: The information below is representative of the course and is subject to change.  The specific details of the course will be available in the Desire2Learn course instance for the course in which a student registers.

Additional Information

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the course, you should be able to

  • Understand and assess the drivers and consequences of globalization. Compare and contrast different political, legal, and economic systems and technological forces and their impact on international management. Understand and appreciate the need for ethics and social responsibility in international management.
  • Describe and apply the concept of “national culture” and, using the typologies of Hofstede, Trompenaars, and the GLOBE Project, explain how the culture of one group of people can be distinguished from that of another.
  • Explain and understand the challenges of managing across cultures. Describe the challenges to and apply the most important elements of effective cross-cultural negotiation and communication.
  • Integrate and apply the basic elements of international strategic management. Compare and contrast the modes of entry and the basic choices for organizing firms involved in international business and describe the conditions under which specific entry modes and organizational structure are most effective.
  • Describe methods used to analyze and assess political risk and how MNCs apply those methods as they attempt to manage the level of political risk in developed and developing countries. Explain and apply the mechanisms for ensuring effective control and decision making in international organizations.
  • Understand the tools and techniques used to provide motivation and incentives for employees across cultures. Understand the importance of leadership to international management. Understand and describe the practices for recruiting, selecting, training, and deploying employees internationally.

Unit Descriptions

This course is designed to challenge your understanding of the issues, trends, and influencing factors that shape a global work environment. As you develop your career, you will be working (or already are working) in companies that are selling, partnering, and joining with multinational companies. To be successful, you'll need knowledge of how management issues such as planning, communicating, decision making, and leadership styles are influenced by culture and the global economic and political environment.

The course is broken into four major units:

  • Unit 1: Environmental Foundation
  • Unit 2: The Role of Culture
  • Unit 3: International Strategic Management
  • Unit 4: Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

Although you may have already studied some of the topics in your prerequisite courses, they will be brought up again from different perspectives in order to reinforce the knowledge related to international management. Some will be new. As an upper-level business course of the undergraduate program, case discussion and article review are applied throughout the semester as major tools to sharpen your critical thinking.

Unit 1: Environmental Foundation
One of the challenges that differentiates international management from generic management challenges is the business environment. Fundamental differences of the political economy (political, economic, and legal system) exist in different countries, which in turn have great impact on managerial decisions.

Through this unit, we will explore questions such as:

  • What drives globalization and what is the impact?
  • What are the latest trends and events that influence the external environment?
  • How does the external environment influence how each company deals with the ethical and social responsibility questions they face?

Unit 2: The Role of Culture
Besides the business environment, another challenge of doing business internationally is to respond and adapt effectively to different cultures. In today's business environment, cultural intelligence (CQ) has become an essential attribute of a manager. 

This unit will help us to understand the meaning of culture, how to measure a culture, how to manage our business, and how to communicate under different cultures.

Unit 3: International Strategic Management
In this unit, we'll address strategic management in the international context, the basic steps of formulation, and implementation. We'll also discuss some other critical issues including how to enter into a new market, how to design the overall structure of a company, how to predict and handle political risks, how to make a strategic decision, and how to keep business under control.

Unit 4: Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
In this unit, we will discuss motivation, leadership, and human resource development as three critical areas related to the competitiveness and sustainability of a firm under international circumstances. In addition, we will analyze motivation theories and impact of cultures and examine similarities and differences in leadership styles across cultures. Lastly, we will discuss human resource management in international business.

Exams: Unit 1 (80 pts.), Unit 2 (79 pts.), Unit 3 (75 pts.), and Unit 4 (79 pts.)

Grading Information

Activities Points Possible
Lesson Critical Thinking Questions (12 @ 15 pts. each) 180 points
Unit Case Analysis (4 @ 30 pts. each) 120 points
Unit Group Collaborative Activities (1 @ 50 pts. and 1 @ 45 pts.) 95 points
Exams (4) 313 points
Total: 708 points

Grading Scale

A 93% - 100%
A- 90% - 92%
B+ 88% - 89%
B 83% - 87%
B- 80% - 82%
C+ 78% - 79%
C 73% - 77%
C- 70% - 72%
D+ 68% - 69%
D 60% - 67%
F 0 - 59%


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