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MGMT3275 - 002

International Business Management

 

Spring 2019                            

Monday and Wednesday

2:30 ¨C 3:45pm                          McEniry 116

 

Dr. Victor Zitian Chen

(Faculty website: http://www.ChenZitian.com/)

 

Friday Building, Room 240C

704-687-7645 (or 77645 in campus)

 By appointment.

 

zchen23@uncc.edu

 

Please start your email subject with ¡°MGMT3275-002¡±.

 

There is no required textbook for this class, with all the readings assigned and shared in the Canvas. Below are three optional textbooks:

Alan M. Rugman and Simon Collinson, International Business, 6th Edition, Prentice Hall.

Mike W. Peng, Global Strategy, 3rd Edition, South-Western Cengage Learning.

John H. Dunning and Sarianna M. Lundan, Multinational Enterprises and the Global Economy, 2nd Edition, Edward Elgar Publishing Limited.

 

http://www.ChenZitian.net/teaching/MGMT3275

 

Course Description

 

This course is designed as an advanced undergraduate study for management professionals in the changing and diverse international business environment. It covers both macro- and micro aspects of international management, with each lecture topic divided into theory (Wednesdays) and practice (Fridays). The class consists of two sets of topics. The first is how to analyze and manage global expansions, with special attention being paid to the competitive advantages of multinational enterprises (MNEs) and finding locational fit for these advantages. The second is how to manage global risks associated with expansion. Built on the MNE-location analysis, the focus of this section is on the misfit between a target location¡¯s various institutional contexts such as market structures, political institutions, and cultures and a firm¡¯s competitive advantages. It also involves discussions on strategic responses to hedge or manage these risks associated to the misfits.

 

Each week focuses on a coherent topic, divided into theory (analysis and synthesis) on Wednesdays and practice (a semester-long simulation project) on Fridays.

 

Wednesdays:

2:30-3:00pm

Fundamentals, concepts, theories, and analytic/synthetic frameworks.

 

3:00-3:15pm

Break

 

3:15-3:45pm

Case examples

 

Take-home weekly quiz opens at 3:45pm, due 5pm the next Tuesday

 

Mondays:

2:30-3:30 (skipping break)

Students work in roundtable teams (ideally, three students a team) on a semester-long simulation project. Each week, the students are required to finish one section in PPT in class for the simulation project related to the week¡¯s lecture (typically maximum two PPT slides).

 

Each weekly PPT is due 5pm the next Tuesday, uploaded individually on Canvas.

 

The final exam will be fully based on the discussions on this semester-long project.

 

Course Style

This is an open source class. Students are encouraged to bring electronic devices (e.g., laptops, notebooks, pad books, and smartphones) to access internet for information related to class discussions.

 

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, students should learn how to manage an MNE¡¯s expansion opportunities and risks in the global competitive environment. Specifically, students should:

1.        Be able to analyze an MNE¡¯s competitive advantages in international business.

2.        Be able to identify global opportunities given these competitive advantages.

3.        Be able to design strategic location choice and entry mode based on the MNE-location fit.

4.        Be able to conduct competitive environment analysis between MNEs and potential local competitors.

5.        Be able to identify the institutional environmental differences in markets, politics, and cultures for MNE-location misfits and related risks.

6.        Be able to design strategic responses to manage these risks.

 

Grading Policy

 

Summary

 

Course Participation

20

    Class attendance/participation

    10

    Teamwork contribution (peer-reviewed)

    10

Canvas Weekly Quizzes (individual)

48

Final Presentation (Team)

10

    Materials

    5

    Presentation

    5

Final Exam (Individual)

22

    Single-choice questions

    10

    Essays

    12

Total points

100

Extra credit

unlimited

 

Details

 

Course participation                                          20% (Full name plates are important)

¡¤         Class attendance and participation (10%), equally distributed as 29 intervals (28 classes + 1 final presentation)

¡¤         Teamwork contribution based on peer review (10%), equally distributed as 14 intervals (13 team practices + 1 final presentation)

o    In every weekly submission of team PPT, please attach the percentage of contribution of other members in this weekly work. For instance, if there are two other members that contribute equally:

 

Rater: Adam

 

Bob

50

Eve

50

Total %

100

 

Canvas weekly quizzes (individual)              48% (4% x 12 quizzes)

¡¤         Four short single-choice questions (1 point each)

¡¤         Posted in Canvas at 3:45pm after each Wednesday class

¡¤         Submit individually before 5pm the next Tuesday

¡¤         Do not leak the results/answers to other students until they submit

 

Final presentation (in teams)                          10% (5% materials + 5% presentation)

 

Final exam (individual)                    22%

¡¤         The final example will be open-book, written example based on Canvas. All questions are related to the semester-long team project.

¡¤         It will consist of 10 single-choice questions (1% each x 10 = 10), and two essays uploaded in PDF/word documents (<1,000 words) (6% x 2 = 12).

 

Make-up and extra credit policies

¡¤         Make-up quizzes and finals are possible for justifiable causes. They will be provided in the final-exam week. Please consult the professor in advance for such make-up possibilities.

¡¤         You get extra credit (1/3 for each event) from attending international business related events, and providing a one-page summary about what you have learned from it. Please coordinate with the professor and see if the event attended is appropriate for extra credit.

 

Letter grades and numeric grades equate as follows for this course:

A          90-100

B          80-89.5

C          70-79.5

U          <70 or violations of the University Policy 407, The Code of Student Academic Integrity

 

Class grade distribution ¨C Fall 2018

 

Median

81.84

Max

92.86

A

2

B

19

C

11

U

5

Class size

37

 

*If the lower range of grades is significantly lower than the previous cohort, grades will be curved upward accordingly in order to make class grades comparable between different year cohorts of classes.

 

All members of the course are expected to adhere to the University Policy 407, The Code of Student Academic Integrity. Violations of this code include but are not limited to: cheating, plagiarism, falsification and fabrication, multiple submissions, abuse of academic materials, and complicity in academic dishonesty. Violators will receive a failing grade and may risk suspension from the University. Additional details on the Code of Student Academic Integrity are available at http://legal.uncc.edu/policies/up-407.

  

The Belk College of Business strives to create an inclusive academic climate in which the dignity of all individuals is respected and maintained. Therefore, we celebrate diversity that includes, but is not limited to ability/disability, age, culture, ethnicity, gender, language, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status.

 

Course Outline and Schedule

(Please check the outline on the course website weekly, because there might be some adjustments prior to each class.)

 

Week

Date

Topics

PPT

1

 

 

2

01/09

 

 

01/14

Course introduction and orientation.

Debunking some misconceptions about international business and global management.

 

A brief introduction of the semester-long simulation project (Uber expansion into Iceland)

1

3

 

 

4

01/16

 

 

01/21

Theory: Multinational enterprises (MNEs) and their governance structures.

Weekly Quiz#1 open at 3:45pm, due 5pm the next Tuesday

 

Practice 1: What is this company about? What is its main business? Where are its major customers, domestically or globally?

2

5

 

 

6

01/23

 

 

01/28

Theory: Competitive advantages of MNEs and their global strategy.

Weekly Quiz#2 open at 3:45pm, due 5pm the next Tuesday

 

Practice 2: What are the major competitive advantages (and disadvantages) of this company vis-¨¤-vis the major domestic and global competitors?

3

7

 

 

8

01/30

 

 

02/04

Theory: Firm-specific advantages of MNEs.

Weekly Quiz#3 open at 3:45pm, due 5pm the next Tuesday

 

Practice 3: What are the major firm-specific advantages (and disadvantages) of this company vis-¨¤-vis the major domestic and global competitors? What are the boundaries?

4

9

 

 

10

02/06

 

 

02/11

Theory: Location-specific characteristics for MNEs.

Weekly Quiz#4 open at 3:45pm, due 5pm the next Tuesday

 

Practice 4: What are the location-specific characteristics (both strengths and weaknesses) of your proposed new global market (pick one country), where you plan to expand your company into? Discuss in bulletin point each major characteristic in relations to your major firm-specific advantages (and disadvantages)? Is each one supporting or constraining your advantages? So in conclusion, is this market a good pick? If not, what else?

5

Econ institutions

11

 

 

12

02/13

 

 

02/18

Theory: Internalization benefits for MNEs.

Weekly Quiz#5 open at 3:45pm, due 5pm the next Tuesday

 

Practice 5: In terms of the disadvantages of your market location, how many of them are due to the open-market (vs. internal control) uncertainties and risks? How many of them can be avoided by internalizing (controlling) the market inside your company?

6

13

 

 

14

02/20

 

 

02/25

Theory: A synthesis of discussions on competitive advantages analysis.

Weekly Quiz#6 open at 3:45pm, due 5pm the next Tuesday

 

Practice 6: Synthesis of your PPT works for the first half of the semester into a coherent report.

7

15

 

 

 

 

 

16

02/27

 

 

03/04-08 No classes

 

03/11

Theory: Comparative institutional analysis of foreign contexts.

Weekly Quiz#7 open at 3:45pm, due 5pm the next Tuesday

 

 

 

Practice 7: Analyzing the institutional environments of your picked global market in dimensions. What are the major differences in financial/economic, legal/political, and sociocultural dimensions from the US market (or wherever your current major market is)?

8

17

 

 

18

03/13

 

 

03/18

Theory: Financial and economic environments and risks.

Weekly Quiz#8 open at 3:45pm, due 5pm the next Tuesday

 

Practice 8: Analyzing the financial/economic environment differences of your picked global market from the US (or wherever your current major market is) in detail.

9

19

 

 

20

03/20

 

 

03/25

Theory: Legal and political environments and risks.

Weekly Quiz#9 open at 3:45pm, due 5pm the next Tuesday

 

Practice 9: Analyzing the legal/political environment differences of your picked global market from the US (or wherever your current major market is) in detail.

10

NPV projection

21

 

 

22

03/27

 

 

04/01

Theory: Social and cultural environments and risks.

Weekly Quiz#10 open at 3:45pm, due 5pm the next Tuesday

 

Practice 10: Analyzing the sociocultural environment differences of your picked global market from the US (or wherever your current major market is) in detail.

11

Video

23

 

 

24

04/03

 

 

04/08

Theory: Risk management across institutional environments.

Weekly Quiz#11 open at 3:45pm, due 5pm the Tuesday after the Thanksgiving break

 

Practice 11: Are there any existing/potential disruptors to your industry? How would they affect your businesses? How do you prepare for the disruptors?

12

Cultural compass

JAP 2010

25

 

 

26

04/10

 

 

04/15

Theory: A synthesis of comparative institutional analysis and risk management.

Weekly Quiz#12 open at 3:45pm, due 5pm the next Tuesday

 

Practice 12: Synthesis of your PPT works for the second half of the semester into a coherent report.

13

27

 

28

04/17

 

04/22

Theory: A final synthesis of both halves of the semester.

 

Practice 13: Final synthesis of PPTs.

 

29

04/29

Final presentation (10 minutes each team)

 

30

05/01-08

 

Final exam in Canvas

 

 

For more information of the university¡¯s academic calendar, see http://registrar.uncc.edu/calendar.