NYU Stern School of Business

Undergraduate College


Spring 2012

Instructor Details

Venkat Srivatsan



T, H 12:45 - 1:45

KMC 7-49


Daniella L. Crawley





Course Meetings

TR, 2:00pm to 3:15pm

KMC 5-140

Final Exam:

Schedule exceptions
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Course Description and Learning Goals

The International Study Program (ISP) course is the supplement to the Economics of Global Business (EGB) course.  The central objective of the EGB course was to introduce students to the causes and consequences of economic globalization.  However, the ISP course focuses on the wide differences in the institutional contexts, and resource bases within which business is conducted in different national settings was pointed out.  These differences are driven by historical, politico-legal, social, and cultural forces as well as economic realities, and result in significant divergence in actual national goals, policies and economic achievements.


The main objective of the ISP course is to enrich students’ understanding of variations in the institutional, and resource contexts of nations and the impact of these variations on an individual firm’s strategies. We will start by developing a framework for country analysis that can be applied to understanding the economic performance of any country in the world, and follow up with outlining the challenges, opportunities and risks to multinational firms of doing business in this environment. We will be making extensive use of international strategy case studies.



Course Outline

Pursuit of the main objective of the course will also then proceed with a visit to Buenos Aires, Argentina during which students will be able to observe directly how the institutions and resources there impact how business is done there compared to in other countries, particularly the U.S.  While in BA, students will participate in presentations and discussions with multinational company managers headquartered there. 


The course will culminate in a school-wide competition among student teams from all sections of the International Study Program course.  The competition will require that each team prepare and present a report that diagnoses the major longer-term performance opportunities and challenges facing the company visited, and makes strategic recommendations to its management addressing those opportunities and challenges. 




Required Course Materials

  1. A digital custom textbook, consisting of
  2. Chapters12, and 14 from Hill, C.W.L., International Business 8E.
  3. Chapters 3 and 6 from Thompson, A.A, Gamble, J & Strickland III, A.J Crafting and Executing Strategy  [TGS in syllabus]

is available for download from the McGraw-Hill website. The instructions for downloading the ebook are below   

Go to http://create.mcgraw-hill.com/shop/

     Search for and select book by ISBN 9781121413207


2.Case packet from Harvard Business Schoolcan be downloaded after purchase at http://cb.hbsp.harvard.edu/cb/access/11549657


3.Additional Material Available Through Blackboard

  1. Professor Guth’s Video Lectures and Slides on Strategy
  2. Distance Still Matters
  3. The Global Competitiveness Report, 2011-12, by the World Economic Forum
  4. Location, Competitiveness, and Economic Development
  5. Competing on Resources
  6. Conceptual Foundations of International Business Strategy
  7. Emerging Giants


Assessment Components


Class & trip participation                     10%
Comparative Analysis Report              20%
Exam                                                    25%
Strategy analysis report                        15%
Total Individual                                   70%
Class Case presentation                       10%
Project Presentation                             20%
Total Group                                          30%
Ungraded but Penalizable Deliverables
Trip Learnings report                            
Company SWOT & Questions             
Final Presentation Evaluations Online


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.  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.



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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