NYU Stern School of Business

Undergraduate College

C50.0004.002: INT'L BUSINESS MGMT

Fall 2010

Instructor Details

Srivatsan, Venkataramani

vsrivats@stern.nyu.edu

212-998-0427

Tues/Thurs 5-6pm

KMC 8-85

 

Course Meetings

TR, 3:30pm to 4:45pm

Tisch T-UC24


Final Exam:

Schedule exceptions
    Class will not meet on:
    Class will meet on:

 

Course Description and Learning Goals

Course Objectives

This course focuses on the "strategic" and "organizational" challenges facing the multinational firm. The types of questions that we address are:

 

Course Outline

CLASS SCHEDULE
Sep 7 Course Introduction

Sep 9 The External Environment of International Management
Case: Global Wine Wars: New World Challenges Old.

Sep 14 Entry Strategies for the MNC
Case: Jollibee Foods Corporation (A): International Expansion. HBSP # 399007

Sep 16 Strategy and the MNC
Case: Toys R Us: Japan.

Sep 21 International Alliances
Lecture

Sep 23 International Alliances
Case: TBA
FIRST TAKE HOME ASSIGNMENT TO BE DISTRIBUTED

Sep 28 Organizing the MNE
Reading: PBK. Chapter 7 on ‘Organizing International Operations’.

Sep 30 Organizing the MNE
Case: Philips versus Matsushita: A New Century, a New Round. HBS # 9-302-049

Oct 5 Managing Learning Worldwide
Reading: PBK. Chapter 8 on ‘Managing Technology and Knowledge’.
DUE: FIRST TAKE HOME ASSIGNMENT

Oct 7 Managing Learning Worldwide
Case: P&G Japan: The SK-II Globalization Project. HBS # 303003

Oct 12 International HRM
Reading: PBK. Chapter 12 on ‘International Human Resource Management’.

Oct 14 International HRM
Case: TBA

Oct 19 Cross Cultural Communication
Reading: PBK. Chapter 9 on ‘Communicating across Borders and Cultures’
PBK. Chapter 10 on ‘Negotiation and Decision Making across Borders and Culture’.

Oct 21 INTERNATIONAL STRATEGY SIMULATION
Practice Decision #1 due by 9pm

Oct 26 International Leadership
Reading: PBK Chapter 11 on ‘Motivating and Leading across Cultures and Borders’.
Case: Silvio Napoli at Schindler India. HBS # 303086

Oct 28 INTERNATIONAL STRATEGY SIMULATION
Practice Decision #2 due by 9pm
ANNOUNCEMENT: TEAM PRESENTATION DATES

Nov 2 Ethics and Social Responsibility in International Management
Reading: PBK Chapter 13 on ‘Ethics & Social Responsibility for International Firms’.

Nov 4 INTERNATIONAL STRATEGY SIMULATION
Decision #1 due by 9pm

Nov 9 IN CLASS EXAM
SECOND TAKE HOME ASSIGNMENT TO BE DISTRIBUTED

Nov 11 INTERNATIONAL STRATEGY SIMULATION
Decision #2 due by 9pm

Nov 16 INTERNATIONAL STRATEGY SIMULATION
Decision #3 due by 9pm

Nov 18 INTERNATIONAL STRATEGY SIMULATION
Decision #4 due by 9pm

NOV 23 INTERNATIONAL STRATEGY SIMULATION
Decision #5 due by 9pm
DUE: SECOND TAKE HOME ASSIGNMENT TO BE SUBMITTED ONLINE

NOV 30 Business-Government Negotiations
Role Play Case: Bougainville Copper Ltd [Condensed]. HBS # 186164
INTERNATIONAL STRATEGY SIMULATION
Decision #6 due by 9pm

Dec 2 Business-Government Negotiations
Role Play Case: Bougainville Copper Ltd [Condensed]. HBS # 186164
INTERNATIONAL STRATEGY SIMULATION
Decision #7 due by 9pm

Dec 7 Student presentations

Dec 9 Student presentations

Dec 14 Review and Wrap-up

 

Required Course Materials

Course Materials
A reading package will be available for download from the McGraw-Hill website. The instructions for downloading the ebook (ISBN xxxx-xxxxx) are available at the end of the class schedule of the online bb version of the syllabus.

Course Website
On Blackboard

 

Assessment Components

Grading:
Class Participation (10%):
A significant part of your learning in the course will be in the classroom. While attendance is essential, it is in the preparation of the assigned materials and in the ability to make a meaningful contribution to the class discussion that participants will be differentiated upon. I expect you to come to class well prepared for discussions, especially on the readings.

Assignments and Exam (65%):
The course will have TWO TAKE HOME ASSIGNMENTS [30%] and one EXAM[35%].
The FIRST take home will be handed out on SEP 23 and is due back on OCT 5.
The SECOND take home will be handed out on NOV 9 and is due back on NOV 23.
The In-class exam, will be held on NOV 9.

Online International Business Strategy Game and Presentation (25%)
Details TBA

 

Group Projects

Guidelines for Group Projects

Business activities involve group effort. Consequently, learning how to work effectively in a group is a critical part of your business education.

Every member is expected to carry an equal share of the group’s workload. As such, it is in your interest to be involved in all aspects of the project. Even if you divide the work rather than work on each piece together, you are still responsible for each part. The group project will be graded as a whole:   its different components will not be graded separately. Your exams may contain questions that are based on aspects of your group projects.

It is recommended that each group establish ground rules early in the process to facilitate your joint work including a problem-solving process for handling conflicts. In the infrequent case where you believe that a group member is not carrying out his or her fair share of work, you are urged not to permit problems to develop to a point where they become serious. If you cannot resolve conflicts internally after your best efforts, they should be brought to my attention and I will work with you to find a resolution.

You will be asked to complete a peer evaluation form to evaluate the contribution of each of your group members (including your own contribution) at the conclusion of each project. If there is consensus that a group member did not contribute a fair share of work to the project, I will consider this feedback during grading.

 

Grading

At NYU Stern we seek to teach challenging courses that allow students to demonstrate their mastery of the subject matter.  In general, students in undergraduate core courses can expect a grading distribution where: 

Note that while the School uses these ranges  as a guide, the actual distribution for this course and your own grade will depend upon how well  you actually perform in this course.

 

Re-Grading

The process of assigning grades is intended to be one of unbiased evaluation. Students are encouraged to respect the integrity and authority of the professor’s grading system and are discouraged from pursuing arbitrary challenges to it.

If you believe an inadvertent error has been made in the grading of an individual assignment or in assessing an overall course grade, a request to have the grade re-evaluated may be submitted. You must submit such requests in writing to me within 7 days of receiving the grade, including a brief written statement of why you believe that an error in grading has been made.

 

Professional Responsibilities For This Course

Attendance

 

Participation

In-class contribution is a significant part of your grade and an important part of our shared learning experience. Your active participation helps me to evaluate your overall performance.
You can excel in this area if you come to class on time and contribute to the course by:

 

Assignments

 

Classroom Norms

 

Stern Policies

General Behavior
The School expects that students will conduct themselves with respect and professionalism toward faculty, students, and others present in class and will follow the rules laid down by the instructor for classroom behavior.  Students who fail to do so may be asked to leave the classroom. 

 

Collaboration on Graded Assignments
Students may not work together on graded assignment unless the instructor gives express permission. 

 

Course Evaluations
Course evaluations are important to us and to students who come after you.  Please complete them thoughtfully.

 

Academic Integrity

Integrity is critical to the learning process and to all that we do here at NYU Stern. As members of our community, all students agree to abide by the NYU Stern Student Code of Conduct, which includes a commitment to:

The entire Stern Student Code of Conduct applies to all students enrolled in Stern courses and can be found here:

Undergraduate College: http://www.stern.nyu.edu/uc/codeofconduct
Graduate Programs: http://w4.stern.nyu.edu/studentactivities/involved.cfm?doc_id=102505

To help ensure the integrity of our learning community, prose assignments you submit to Blackboard will be submitted to Turnitin.  Turnitin will compare your submission to a database of prior submissions to Turnitin, current and archived Web pages, periodicals, journals, and publications.  Additionally, your document will become part of the Turnitin database.

 

Recording of Classes

Your class may be recorded for educational purposes

 

Students with Disabilities

If you have a qualified disability and will require academic accommodation of any kind during this course, you must notify me at the beginning of the course and provide a letter from the Moses Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD, 998-4980, www.nyu.edu/csd) verifying your registration and outlining the accommodations they recommend.  If you will need to take an exam at the CSD, you must submit a completed Exam Accommodations Form to them at least one week prior to the scheduled exam time to be guaranteed accommodation.

 

Appendix to Syllabus - Presentation Evaluation Sheet

FINAL PROJECT PRESENTATION - EVALUATION SHEET
YOUR NAME [REQUIRED]
PRESENTATION TITLE:
PRESENTER’S NAMES:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.

ANALYSIS OF TOPIC (Research/Depth/Logical Structure)
1      2      3      4      5      6      7
Lo                                             Hi


ORIGINALITY (Creative Insights/Innovative Proposals/Novel Ideas/New Learning)
1      2      3      4      5      6      7
Lo                                             Hi


OVERALL PRESENTATION/Q&A (Clarity, Organization & Persuasiveness)
1      2      3      4      5      6     7
Lo                                             Hi

TOTAL SCORE: /20
Sign Your Name: ___________________

Appendix
Group Project Peer Evaluation
On a percentage scale of 0-100, please evaluate your group members on how much contribution each one of them made to his or her share of the project work. If someone in your group did his or her share of the work, then give that person a score of 100. If someone contributed only 90% of his or her share, then give that person a score of 90. If someone contributed only 80% of his or her share, then give that person a score of 80. The maximum score you can give someone is 100. Please return this form to me before the last day of class. If you do not turn in your evaluations, then it will be assumed that you have given a score of 100 for all your other group members. Therefore, if you feel that all your other group members did their share of the work, you do NOT have to turn in the evaluations. Please be honest and fair in your evaluations. Please note that your evaluation of your group members may affect their grades but will not have any impact on your grade in the course.
Group Member Names (do not include your name) Contribution Score (0-100)
________________________________________ ______________
_________________________________________ ______________
_________________________________________ ______________
_________________________________________ ______________
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Your contribution score toward the project will be the mean of all your other group members’ evaluation score of your contribution. For example, if your group members give you scores of 100, 100, 90 and 90, then your mean contribution score will be 95. If you give anyone a score less than 100, then please give specific reasons on the reverse so that I can discuss it with the person concerned.
Your final project score will be adjusted by your contribution toward your project. For example, if your average contribution score works out to 90%, and your group score on the project is 30 out of 35, then your score on the project will be 0.9x30 = 27 points.

 

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