International Management

  • GSM IM 800: Cont Erp Fld Sm
  • GSM IM 802: Cont Asn Fld Sm
  • GSM IM 803: Cont Brz Fld Sm
  • GSM IM 836: Competing in High-Growth Economies
    In this course we focus on the management challenges associated with developing strategies and managing the operations of companies whose activities stretch across national boundaries, especially in high-growth and developing economies. Operating in an international rather than a domestic arena presents organizations with many challenges and opportunities. Having a worldwide operations not only gives companies access to new markets and diverse resources, it also opens up new sources of information and knowledge that stimulate future innovation and strategic moves, as well as assessing Corporate roles in social responsibility. With opportunities, however, come challenges that are more complex, diverse, and uncertain than those faced by companies that operate only within a given nation's borders. As a result of taking this course students will acquire new and useful skill,s competencies, an perspectives that will help them as they consider perusing a career in international management.
  • GSM IM 845: Asian Field Seminar
    Graduate Prerequisites: Students must have 16 credits of MBA course work completed at SMG.
    How do we prepare for the emerging opportunities and challenges that China's economic development and Asia's growing presence continue to create? This two-week seminar through six cities in China and Korea provides future global business leaders with an opportunity to contemplate answers to the above question. We visit companies (both multinational and local) competing in this dynamic market, meet governmental officials to hear about policies and implications, learn from local MBA professors about what they see our strengths and weaknesses are, participate in real market activities, and develop global network of knowledge with local MBA students and BU alumni in the region. Through this process, students will deepen their understanding of the unique nature of opportunities and challenges in the region, become more comfortable with the myriads of cultural and communicational details, and explore professional opportunities located in the region.
  • GSM IM 851: European Field Seminar
    Graduate Prerequisites: Students must have 16 credits of MBA course work completed at SMG.
    The European Field Seminar gives students an appreciation of "competing in Europe." The European competitive landscape is changing rapidly. Three Boston- based class sessions introduce students to topics such as the history of the European Union, European Community Law, Member States, European Monetary Union, and Competition Policy. During a two week period, the class visits a variety of organizations in Europe to learn about relevant competition issues; students experience first-hand how firms are dealing with them (or should be dealing with them). The wide variety of Sectors covered appeals to a broad segment of the MBA population.
  • GSM IM 852: Brazil Field Seminar
    Graduate Prerequisites: Students must have 16 credits of MBA course work completed at SMG.
    This intensive ten day seminar provides students with a broad understanding of the ways in which business strategies can create value at the base of the economic pyramid.* Students will gain first hand experience of how businesses, NGOs (non-governmental organizations), and government are using models of social enterprise to address social and economic issues in the fields of health, education, and the environment in the context of an emerging market - in this case, Brazil. This study program includes extensive site visits throughout the country to social enterprises, multi-national firms, NGO ventures, and government organizations. Students also hear from a wide variety of Latin American specialists in topic areas. A broad range of topics will be covered including: renewable energy, sustainable development, eco-tourism, new models for providing health and education services to underserved populations, social enterprise, micro-enterprise, corporate social responsibility, and public/private partnerships. The course will consist of three pre-departure sessions focused on social enterprise, corporate social responsibility, and emerging markets. Students are also expected to select an individual research track of interest for the duration of the seminar. This seminar is open to all full time and part time MBA and MS.MBA students. Full time students may register for it as a spring elective, part time students can register for it as they see fit, students graduating in May can register for this class in the Spring and still participate in commencement ceremonies, and MS.MBA students may take it in year two. *In global terms, this is the four billion people who live on less than $2 per day. The phrase "bottom of the pyramid" is used in particular by people developing new models of doing business that deliberately target that market, typically using new technology.
  • GSM IM 853: Indian Field Semiar
    Graduate Prerequisites: Students must have 16 credits of MBA course work completed at SMG.
    This program is designed for MBA students who seek to understand the rapidly changing global forces of the health sector, as they intersect with the dynamics of an emerging country, through the vehicle of experiencing and learning about India. Following a series of meetings in Boston, 20 students will travel through India over twelve days in January 2010, visiting Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore. The field study program will include visits to government agencies, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, health sector start-up companies, health centers, research laboratories, and academic research settings. Issues of particular interest include technology and bio-pharma development, effective service delivery with limited resources, the role of entrepreneurial initiative in complex environments, international trade and competition in the health sector, and the potential to leapfrog development in underdeveloped settings. Open to all MBA students.
    This course will allow students the opportunity to utilize and apply their MBA learning to business work experience. Students will secure their internship in a position related to the MBA degree program. The deliverable of the project is a paper in which the students must address how the position will leverage their MBA career growth and industry analysis. The deliverable will be due upon completion of the internship experience.
  • SMG IM 345: International Management Environment
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS EC 101 and CAS EC 102; junior standing
    Required for International Management concentrators. Deals with international economic theories and explores the intersection between theory and practice. Examines the determinants of international trade and payments including international trade theory and policy and balance-of-payments accounting. Explores the implications of trade-promoting and trade-inhibiting institutions and practices: WTO, NAFTA, European Union, etc. Introduces cultural, political, and demographic issues for international managers.
  • SMG IM 445: International Management Policy
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS EC101; CAS EC102; SMG IM345 or SMG FE427 or CAS EC392 or CAS IR292 or equivalent for non-SMG students (may be taken concurrently); senior standing
    This is heavily case-based course studying the business strategies of multi- national enterprises, particularly in high-growth and developing economies. Having worldwide operations not only gives companies access to new markets and diverse resources, it also opens up new sources of information and knowledge that stimulate innovation and operational strategies. Along with opportunities, we also look at the challenges to a more complex, diverse, and uncertain business than those faced by companies who focus primarily in their mature markets or even their own country. This course helps students to acquire skills and perspectives that will help them as they pursue careers with multi-national companies or other opportunities in the global business environment.
  • SMG IM 498: Directed Study: International Management
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor and the department chairman.
    Directed study in International Management. 2 or 4 cr. Application available on Undergraduate Program website.