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Management 481

MGNT 481: Management Study Abroad

Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor

Credit Hours: (3-6)

A travel/study course taught in conjunction with the summer study abroad program to a chosen destination.  The focus is on international business, trade, and monetary practices outside of the United States with hands-on experience in adapting decision making processes and strategies to accommodate different cultures.  Major emphasis is placed on understanding the economic environment, gaining cultural insights, learning local business customs, and formulating effective management strategies.  The class also provides opportunities o enhance oral, written, and research skills.  May not be repeated.

 

Detailed Description of Content of Course

A travel/study course taught in conjunction with the summer study abroad program to a chosen destination.  The focus is on international business, trade, and monetary practices outside of the United States with hands-on experience in adapting decision making processes and strategies to accommodate different cultures.  Major emphasis is placed on understanding the economic environment, gaining cultural insights, learning local business customs, and formulating effective management strategies.  The class also provides opportunities o enhance oral, written, and research skills.  May not be repeated.

  

Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

This course will be taught using a variety of materials, including readings prior to and during the study abroad, expert lectures, case analysis, and experiential exercises.  Application to real world business scenarios will be directed by in-country expert lectures and group discussions.

The course will be conducted in an active learning environment and will consist of lectures, class discussions, and case studies and presentations.

 

Goals and Objectives of the Course

Students completing this course will be able to:

1.    Explain how management practices differ across cultures.

2.    Identify the common features that promote international trade.

3.    List the advantages and disadvantages of doing business in other countries.

4.    Discuss barriers and common opportunities that exist across global markets.

5.    Describe how history, culture, language and natural resources impact the business environment of the visited country.

 

Assessment Measures

Assessment measures may include pre-and post-class discussions, Internet research results, written and oral presentations, weekly experiential exercises, applied projects, and case analyses.  Students may be expected to compile and present a portfolio of their work for other students and the professor to review.

 

Other Course Information

The course is highly experiential and will be tailored to take advantage of the unique opportunities offered by travel to (and study within) a foreign country.  Consistent with the cultural adaptability integral to this course, specific learning objectives and assessment measures will be utilized depending on the unique opportunities available for each study abroad program.

 

Review and Approval

DATE ACTION APPROVED BY
January, 2008