MBA660 Strategic Global Bus. Mgt.

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MBA 660 International Business Management


F2P 2011 DL


Dane, Kristopher Ryan


Adjunct Faculty


MBA, Park University
BSBA Management Finance, Park University

Office Location

By Appointment

Office Hours

By Appointment

Daytime Phone


Other Phone



Semester Dates

10/17/2011 to 12/11/2011

Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours



Title: International Business 
Author: Maidment, Fred H 
Publisher: McGraw-Hill/Irwin 
ISBN: 978-0-07-352851-9 
Edition: 15th 

Title: Multinational Management 
Author(s): Cullen, John B. / Parboteeah, K. 
Publisher: South-Western Publishing Co. 
ISBN: 978-1-4390-8065-8 
Edition: 5th

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:
It is recommended that the entire texts be read. Students are also expected to read periodicals of international interests, such as Economists, Business Week, US News, Journal of International Marketing, Harvard Business Review, Nation’s Business, Trade and Culture, International Business, International Journal of Technology Management, Business Asia, Wall Street Journal, World Factbook, World Development Report, Culturegrams, and CD ROM: National Trade Data Bank (NTDB).

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Course Description:
MBA 660 International Business Management: This course provides knowledge and stimulates the interpersonal and intercultural management skills necessary for international managers. While learning to identify cultural aspects of verbal and nonverbal behavior of persons from different cultures, students will come to recognize cultural differences that can cause difficulties in management situations. The culture of contract negotiations in Japan, Europe, and Middle East is emphasized. The economic, political, and legal aspects of global business are discussed in the context of international management. (Formerly MG 660)

Educational Philosophy:

The responsibilities and role of faculty are to (1) be a role model for your students and an excellent teacher possible. This means that Professor must have a foundation of basic knowledge and to be able to starve for the latest findings and theories in the areas of his/her expertise, to be able to prepare and deliver stimulating and informative lectures, for maintaining high standards, guiding and facilitating students learning process in any way necessary. Thus, a faculty member must be able to enhance free expression in and out of classroom toward the pursuit of learning.



  • Facilitator:be able to assist students to develop interest in the subject matter
  • High Standards: always expect more from students. If students are performing under standards, they will need a particular attention from their faculty to help them raise their level of confidence.
  • Knowledge of the Subject Matter: an excellent faculty must always be prepared before delivering lectures. This means reading a wide variety of material and use the knowledge acquired to always improve lecture delivery.
  • Enthusiasm: show passion and enthusiasm about the subject matter to students.
  • Genuine Concern for Students: care about your students and their class performance.
  • Intrinsic Satisfaction with Teaching: an excellent faculty should always be exhausted and pleased at the end of his/her class.
 My classroom philosophy is strongly centered on mutual respect between Professor and Students. I highly believe that classroom environment should be friendly and enjoyable to enhance attractive learning conditions. Students and Professor should enjoy a cooperative and collaborative relationship based on exchange of information and knowledge that are mutually beneficial. This approach is a remarkable opportunity to help students develop and form their opinions freely in friendly and agreeable atmosphere. In this context, I often think of myself as a mentor, coach, and facilitator, constantly stimulating, challenging and appreciating the achievement of my students. In this role, I am proud and fortunate to be able to contribute to the academic and professional growth of my students

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Define and understand the concept of international business and the characteristic of multinational company.
  2. Explain the basic nature and the general classification of the global economy and the key forces that drive globalization.
  3. Define culture and understand its basic components.
  4. Discuss the complex differences among cultures and use these differences for building better organization.
  5. Discuss the basic international negotiation process from preparation to closing the deal.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Define and understand the concept of international business and the characteristic of multinational company
  2. Explain the basic nature and the general classification of the global economy and the key forces that drive globalization
  3. Define culture and understand its basic components
  4. Discuss the complex differences among cultures and use these differences for building better organization
  5. Discuss the basic international negotiation process from preparation to closing the deal
Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:


Grading Rubric/Scoring Guide

For a Student to Earn Full Points for Discussion Questions (DQs), S/He Should:

Answer all four (4) Discussion Questions posted by the instructor, (a) fully,  with (b) clarity and (c) as much preciseness as possible. Each question will be graded on its own merits and it should meet all the three requirements (full, clear and precise answer).

Rating Code:

3 = meets all requirements as specified above

2 = meets only 2 of the 3 requirements specified above

1 = meets only 1 of the 3 requirements specified above

0 = question was not answered

For a Student to Earn Full Points for Weekly Participation, S/He Should:

Participate in a minimum of three (3) answers or responses from other students and provide a 'substantial' response to another student's answer or response. A 'substantial' response is a response/question that (a) is 3-4 lines in length; (b) if it is a question, it needs to be an open-ended question (requires further elaboration and not a yes or no or short type of answer); and (c) it promotes further class discussion.

Just responding to another student's answer or response saying that 'I liked your answer', or "I agree with you' type of responses/answers do not earn any points because they neither engage critical thinking, nor do they promote further class discussion.

A response can also be an opinion as long as the author can justify it using the economic concepts covered during the course. It can also be another question that extends the existing answered question.

Rating Code: 

4 = meets or exceeds all requirements of a 'substantial response' as specified above

3 = meets only 2 of the 3 requirements of a substantial response

2 = meets only 1 of the 3 requirements of a substantial response

1 = posts fewer than 3 responses

0 = no postings at all for the week

Submission of Late Work: Please make sure that you post answers to all four DQs for each week by Friday night of that week the very latest ! ! ! Of course, you should have posted your responses earlier than Friday night, thus enable yourselves to participate in the class discussion via the 'Conference Participation' threads.

  • I would strongly suggest you log on at least every other day and spend one to two hours at a time (at a minimum) posting and respnding to your classmates answers and/or responses. Should you wait to post and respond on Friday, you will have missed great opportunities to enhance your learning as well as participate in the class discussion. 
  • If the assignmed homework has not been posted by Friday night (Central Time) each week in the Conference Participation threads, the student will be losing  1 point per Discussion Question for Each Day the Homework is late.

Delayed Homework Assignments: Late Homework assignments that are delayed will fail to earn full points as mentioned above. An asychronous environment provides ample time and opportunity to respond to the discussion questions posted each week for the duration of the course. However the following wil be the only exceptions:

(1) Hospital stay of at least 1 week without acces to a computer

(2) Student's employer sending student to temporary location ofr at least 1 week without access to a computer.

(3) Death or serious illness in the family

(4) Personal injury that prevents using a computer

(5) If military personnel, deployment to a location without a computer

(6) Any combination of the above that will also require travel and not access to a computer.

Contact me as soon as possible if one of these situations applies to you and be prepared to fax documentation to me.

ALSO: This policy does not exempt students from park University attendance and participation requirements. All students must participate in classroom activities several times a week, or they may be ropped for non-attendance ! ! !

  • Proctored final examination/Project - If the course requires a proctored final, the information below should be included.  If the course is a graduate course and doesn't require a proctored final, the developer should include a detailed description of the projects activities, requirements, and due dates.
    • A final proctored examination will be taken in a proctored testing environment during the 8th (or 16th) week at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location.  For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test.  Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found on the Park University Website. 
    • Other Information on proctored exams:
      • It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, by the 6th week of the term, who is accepted and approved by the course instructor. 
      • Approval of proctors is the discretion of the Online instructor. 
      • A proctor request form will be made available to you during the first week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to your instructor for approval. 
      • Failure to take a final proctored exam (or submit your final project for some online graduate courses) will result in an automatic "F" grade.

    Our online eCollege Gradebook is only for posting the grade points of HOMEWORK and CLASS PARTICIPATION via the 'Discussion' link!! As your syllabus indicates, homework assignments account for 69% of the course grade, so the points here represent that 69% only. Points for the Final Exam will not be added to the homework grades, but wil be kept separately and it accounts for 31% of the total course grade.

  • Grades will be posted in the gradebook by the Monday AFTER the assignments are due!!  I usually post grades over the weekend or early on Mondays.

  • "0" means that I have not received your work or did not find your post!! Please send/resend or post!!

  • Homework Discussion Questions: Mamimum number of points possible: 128;

  • Class Discussion/Participation: Maximum number of points possible: 96.

  • Remember that your homework answers to the DQs and your class discussion/participation postings need to meet the outlined requirements as described in the sylabus.


Each student is responsible for completing:  

  • Weekly reading assignments
  • Weekly written homework -discussion questions- (DQs) based on the assigned readings
  • Weekly conference participation (replies to DQs already answered by other students)
  • Term paper on a topic of your preference 
  • Proctored comprehensive final exam

Evaluation Methods: the evaluation methods will be based on the flowing three components:

         Weekly Homework Discussion Questions       128 pts

         Conference Participation                                 96 pts

         Term Paper                                                    100 pts


                                     Total Points Possible         324 pts

Weekly Homework Discussion Questions:  The first component requires that each student post two to three paragraphs response to all discussion questions posted for the week from the discussion questions posted in each week's conference "discussion questions" thread. This response earns from zero (0) points to four (4) points (0 to 32 for the term) and will be evaluated using the guidelines for homework questions listed below. There will be four (4) Discussion Questions (DQs) per week based on the assigned reading (32 questions total for the term), with each question worth four (4) points (128 points total for the term).

Discussion Questions Rubric/Scoring Guide

Discussion Questions will be evaluated on a weekly basis as follows:

  • No response - zero (0) points
  • A response that lacks essential information and indicates minimal effort - one (1) point
  • A response that includes most essential information but lacks cohesiveness - two (2) points
  • A response that includes all essential information, is thoughtful and cohesive - three (3) points.
  •  A response that includes all essential information, is thoughtful, cohesive and promotes further class discussion (engages critical thinking ability) - four (4) points.

Conference Participation: this component requires that each student select another student's response to a discussion question and "reply" to that response. Each reply can earn up to four (4) points while the absence of a reply earns zero (0) points. Conference participation will also be evaluated on a weekly basis. It is imperative that you strive to earn full points each week, despite the fact that the Conference Participation points are 'flexible' (if a student loses point one week s/he can make them up the following week by increasing their conference participation until 96 points are reached).

 Homework Point Summary

  • Weekly Homework Discussion Questions:      128 points
  • Weekly Conference Participation "Replies":    96 points

Total points:   224 points 

NOTE: should a student miss or does not earn full class participation points for the week, s/he can still make up for that loss by increasing their participation in the following week. The 96 total points are 'flexible' meaning that they are spread over 8 weeks, indicating that more than 12 points can be earned in any week during the course duration until the student reaches the limit of 96 total points possible.  

Proctored Comprehensive Final ExamNO EXAM IS REQUIRED for this course.

 Guidelines for Selecting an Acceptable Proctor   Again, those unacceptable as proctors include family members, neighbors, friends, and immediate supervisors. Proctor Information Forms should be submitted as soon as possible. I will send the final exam to the proctor by the end of Week 7. If no Proctor Information Form has been submitted, no exam will be sent. The student will make arrangements with the proctor to schedule the exam. The proctor will send the completed exam to me by midnight

of the last day of Week 8.  


Other Information on proctored exams:

  • It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, by the 6th week of the term, who is accepted and approved by the course instructor. 
  • Approval of proctors is the discretion of the Online instructor. 
  • A proctor request form will be made available to you during the first week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to your instructor for approval. 
  • Failure to take a final proctored exam (or submit your final project for some online graduate courses) will result in an automatic "F" grade. 
  • Some Graduate Online courses may not require a proctored Final Examination.


Example –

A = 90- 100% (or 292 points or higher)
B = 80-89% (or 259 to 291 points)
C = 70-79% (or 225 to 258 points)
D = 60-69% (or 194 to 224 points)
F =  < 60% ( or191 or fewer points)

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Each student is required to turn in at least two written case analyses during this session. To be acceptable student must answer questions as required by the instructor. It is recommended that students provide references. Failure to do so indicates incomplete and inadequate work. Case analysis assignments are due according to the posted dates. Students must turn in assignments on due dates or the case will be rejected and a failing grade will be assigned.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Students are required to be on time and attend all class meetings. All written assignments and class presentations must be done with passion and professionally.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:


Academic Honesty:
As a learning community, the University upholds the highest standards of academic integrity in all its academic activities, by faculty, staff, administrators and students. Academic integrity involves much more than respecting intellectual property rights. It lies at the heart of learning, creativity, and the core values of the University. Those who learn, teach, write, publish, present, or exhibit creative works are advised to familiarize themselves with the requirements of academic integrity and make every effort to avoid possible offenses against it, knowingly or unknowingly. Park University 2011-2012 Graduate Catalog Page 21


Plagiarism is the appropriation of another person's ideas, interpretation, words (even a few), data, statements, illustration or creative work and their presentation as one's own. An offense against plagiarism constitutes a serious academic misconduct.  Although offenses against academic integrity can manifest themselves in various ways, the most common forms of offenses are plagiarism and cheating. Plagiarism goes beyond the copying of an entire article. It may include, but is not limited to: copying a section of an article or a chapter from a book, reproduction of an art work, illustration, cartoon, photograph and the like and passing them off as one's own. Copying from the Internet is no less serious an offense than copying from a book or printed article, even when the material is not copyrighted.

Plagiarism also includes borrowing ideas and phrases from, or paraphrasing, someone else's work, published or unpublished, without acknowledging and documenting the source. Acknowledging and documenting the source of an idea or phrase, at the point where it is utilized, is necessary even when the idea or phrase is taken from a speech or conversation with another person.

Park University 2011-2012 Graduate Catalog Page 21

Attendance Policy:

Students must participate in an academically related activity on a weekly basis in order to be marked present in an online class. Examples of academically-related activities include but are not limited to: contributing to an online discussion, completing a quiz or exam, completing an assignment, initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a courserelated question, or using any of the learning management system tools.Park University 2011-2012 Graduate Catalog Page 25

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