NYU Stern School of Business

Undergraduate College

C50.0004.002: INT'L BUSINESS MGMT

Spring 2011

Instructor Details

Srivatsan, Venkat

vsrivats@stern.nyu.edu

X80427

Mon, Wed 5-6 pm

KMC 8-85

 

Course Meetings

TR, 11:00am to 12:15pm

Tisch T-UC21


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: 

 

What differentiates a global from a domestic industry?  How do/should a multinational operate in these different environments?

What are the sources of competitive advantage in a global context? How does a multinational company play the global chess game?

Why and when do/should companies engage in cross-border strategic alliances? What are the associated risks and how to guard against them?

What potential roles can foreign subsidiaries play in an MNC's global strategy?

What organizational structural alternatives are available to multinational companies? How do companies choose an optimal global structure? How do companies ensure coordination between the center and the subsidiaries and among subsidiaries?  How should they perform individual and divisional performance evaluation?                                

 How do/should multinational companies manage knowledge and innovations?                                                         

What do/should companies do about the multicultural environment in which they operate?                                                                                                                                 

  How should multinationals design their incentive systems?                                                                              

How should they manage their international expatriates? Etc.

 

Course Outline

CLASS SCHEDULE

 

JAN 25                                   Course Introduction

 

 

JAN 27                                   The External Environment of International Management

Case:

Global Wine Wars: New World Challenges Old. HBS Case # 303056.

 

 

 

FEB 1                                     Strategy and the MNC

Case:

Ecco A/S. HBSP 908M14

 

FEB 3                                        Strategy and the MNC

Case:

Toys R Us: Japan.

 

 

 

FEB 8                                             International Alliances

Class Lecture

 

FEB 10                                  International Alliances

Case:

Walmart and Bharti: Transforming Retail in India. HBSP HKU845

FIRST TAKE HOME ASSIGNMENT TO BE DISTRIBUTED

 

 

 

FEB 15                                           Organizing the MNE

Reading:

PBK. Chapter 7 on ‘Organizing International Operations’.

DUE:   FIRST TAKE HOME ASSIGNMENT

 

 

FEB 17                                  Organizing the MNE

Case:

Philips versus Matsuhsita: The Competitive Battle Continues. HBSP 910410

 

 


FEB 22                                           Managing Learning Worldwide

Reading:

PBK. Chapter 8 on ‘Managing Technology and Knowledge’.

 

FEB 24                           Managing Learning Worldwide

Case:

P&G Japan: The SK-II Globalization Project. HBS # 303003

SECOND TAKE HOME ASSIGNMENT TO BE DISTRIBUTED

 

 

MAR 1                                   International HRM 

Reading:

PBK. Chapter 12 on ‘International Human Resource Management’

 

MAR 3                               Cross Cultural Communication

Reading:

PBK. Chapter 9 on ‘Communicating across Borders and Cultures’

Case:

BRL Hardy: Globalizing an Australian Wine Company

 

 

MAR 8                       International Leadership

Reading:

PBK Chapter 11 on ‘Motivating and Leading across Cultures and Borders’.

Case:

Silvio Napoli at Schindler India - A

DUE:   SECOND TAKE HOME ASSIGNMENT

 

MAR 10                            Ethics and Social Responsibility in International Management

Reading:

PBK Chapter 13 on ‘Ethics & Social Responsibility for International Firms’

 

 

MAR 22                     Business-Government Negotiations  

Reading:

PBK. Chapter 10 on ‘Negotiation and Decision Making across Borders and Culture’.

Role Play Case:

Bougainville Copper Ltd [Condensed]. HBS # 186164

           

 

MAR 24                            Business-Government Negotiations  

Role Play Case:

Bougainville Copper Ltd [Condensed]. HBS # 186164

 

 

MAR 29                     IN CLASS EXAM


MAR 31                     INTRODUCTION TO BSG SIMULATION

 

 

BSG PRACTICE DECISION 1 DUE BY 6PM ON MON APR 4

APR 5                        

BSG PRACTICE DECISION 2 DUE BY 6PM ON WED APR 6

APR 7                        

 

BSG BUSINESS DECISION 1 DUE BY 6PM ON MON APR 11

APR 12                            

BSG BUSINESS DECISION 2 DUE BY 6PM ON WED APR 13

APR 14                      

BSG BUSINESS DECISION 3 DUE BY 6PM ON FRI APR 15

 

 

BSG BUSINESS DECISION 4 AND FIRST 3-YEAR PLAN DUE BY 6PM ON MON APR 18

APR 19          

BSG BUSINESS DECISION 5 DUE BY 6PM ON WED APR 20

APR 21                      

BSG BUSINESS DECISION 6 DUE BY 6PM ON FRI APR 22

 

 

 

BSG BUSINESS DECISION 7 AND SECOND 3-YEAR PLAN DUE BY 6PM ON MON APR 25

APR 26          

BSG BUSINESS DECISION 8 DUE BY 6PM ON WED APR 27

APR 28                      

BSG BUSINESS DECISION 9 DUE BY 6PM ON FRI APR 29

 

 

 

MAY 3                       Student presentations

 

 

MAY 5                       Student presentations

             

 

 

 

             

 

 

 

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) will be emailed to you soon.

 

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.

Individual Assignments and Exam (65%):

The course will have TWO TAKE HOME ASSIGNMENTS [30%] and one FINAL EXAM[35%].

The FIRST take home will be handed out on FEB 10 and is due back on FEB 15.

The SECOND take home will be handed out on FEB 24 and is due back on MAR 8.

The In-class Exam, will be held on MAR 29.

 

BSG ONLINE GAME GROUP PEROFRMANCE – 20% of the grade

 

Group Strategy presentation based on BSG game – 5% of the grade

The evaluation of the presentation WILL BE MADE BY THE CLASS.  I’ll take the class average as the primary input for your score on this part of the course.

 

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.

 

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