NYU Stern School of Business

Undergraduate College


Fall 2011

Instructor Details

Narayanan, Sunder


R 2-3 pm

901 Tisch Hall


Course Meetings

R, 3:30pm to 4:45pm

Tisch T-UC21

Final Exam:

Schedule exceptions
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Course Description and Learning Goals

 This is an elective course in the Business of EMT minor.  In the basic EMI course, the entertainment and media industries in the United States were covered.  In this course, the focus will be on countries outside the US.  The course will provide students with a framework for understanding the EMT industry in foreign countries.  The course will specifically focus on the socio-cutural, political, legal, technological, and economic factors that affect the industry in various countries; the industry and competitive dynamics in these countries, and firm strategies, both domestic and international.  Since all countries are not equally important in all sectors of the EMT industry outside the United States, the course will selectively focus on countries in Asia, Europe, the Pacific Rim, the Middle East, Latin America, and Africa, and, within these countries, selectively focus on important sectors of the entertainment industry such as movies, television, radio, music, cable, live entertainment, gaming, theater, sports, and theme parks and their development in the major countries worldwide.   The topics will be covered through a combination of lectures, discussions, case analysis, and a group project.


            US companies in the EMT industry currently acquire a significant portion of their revenues in international markets.  These markets are also expected to grow faster than the US markets in future years and are likely to become more important for US corporations in their quest for growth and profits.  Consequently, an understanding of the global marketplace is crucial  for US firms.  Therefore, this course will be valuable also for students who intend to work in the EMT industry within the United States after graduation.


Course Outline




Readings and Assignments

Sep 8

The Global Entertainment Industry

Bobst online reading:  Media on the Move - Chapter 1

Organizing for Worldwide Effectiveness (Blackboard)

Sep 15

Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA)

Walt Disney’s Transnational Manager


Sep 22

Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA)

BBC Worldwide

Managing Talent at Bertelsmann

Sep 29

Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA)

MTN Cameroon

MTV: Sex, Drugs, and Rock ‘n Roll

Oct 6

The Asia-Pacific Region

Managing International Alliances

Google and the Government of China

Oct 13

The Asia-Pacific Region

Sony Digital


Oct 20

The Asia-Pacific Region


Oct 27

Latin America

Bobst online reading:  Transnational Television Worldwide – Chapter 10

Nov 3

Latin America

The Hollywood of Latin America (Blackboard)

Taran Swan at Nickelodeon Latin America

Nov 10

Latin America


Nov 17


All readings and cases

Dec 1

Project Presentations

Project Report Due

Dec 8

Project Presentations


Dec 15

Project Presentations



Required Course Materials

Casebook from Harvard Business School Publishing.


Assessment Components


  1. Class attendance and participation      20%
  2. Group project                  35%
  3. Report                        20%
  4. Presentation            15%
  5. Individual case write-ups      20%
  6. Exam                         25%


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.



 At NYU Stern we seek to teach challenging courses that allow students to demonstrate their mastery of the subject matter. Assigning grades that reward excellence and reflect differences in performance is important to ensuring the integrity of our curriculum.

In general, students in this elective course can expect a grading distribution where about 40% of students will receive A’s for excellent work and the remainder will receive B’s for good or very good work. In the event that a student performs only adequately or below, he or she can expect to receive a C or lower.

Note that the actual distribution for this course and your own grade will depend upon how well each of you actually performs in this course.



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




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:




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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