MBA660 Strategic Global Bus. Mgt.

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MBA 660 Strategic Global Bus. Mgt.


S1P 2013 DL


Concepcion, Albert A


Adjunct Faculty


MBA, Touro University
BS, Organizational Management, La Verne University

Office Location

Downtown Campus

Office Hours

By Appointment

Daytime Phone

(816) 559-5635


Semester Dates

1/14/2013 - 3/9/2013

Credit Hours



Title: Multinational Management

Author(s): Cullen, John B. / Parboteeah, K.

Publisher: South-Western Publishing Co.

ISBN: 978-1-4390-8065-8

Edition: 5th


Title: International Business

Author: Maidment, Fred H

Publisher: McGraw-Hill/Irwin

ISBN: 978-0-07-352862-5

Edition: 16th

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Course Description:
MBA 660 Strategic Global Business Management. This course provides broad knowledge & understanding of 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)

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.

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

Each week the student will be involved in four types of activities.
The first activity will be the Reading Assignment. Since this is a survey course, students may find it helpful to read the "chapter summary" at the end of each chapter before reading the chapter itself. This can help provide some focus when students begin to read the chapter for specific content.

The second activity falls under the category of Weekly Homework Discussion Questions (DQs). DQs will be posted by the instructor each week and will require the students to provide an elaborate answer (minimum of 2 full paragraphs) which will engage the students' critical thinking ability. The students will need to post their answers separately for each of the discussion questions to the original question thread. Keep in mind the guidelines of thorough and concise writing when replying and posting your responses and replies. For simplicity and to avoid confusion, please make sure when you post your answer to each of the DQs in the 'Conference Participation' thread, POST ONE ANSWER AT A TIME, thus providing the opportunity to everyone to respond to your answer. Post your answers to the weekly DQs no later than midnight (CST) Friday of the week assigned.

The third activity is the Class Discussion or Conference Participation and follows from the Weekly Homework Discussion Questions and it will involve students' answering or elaborating on other students' answers of the discussion questions using a "thread" in the conference area called Conference Participation. There each student will select previously answered questions by other students and provide an answer that either adds information or promotes further class discussion based on that question in the thread. More than one reply is permitted for any already answered DQ. Again, keep in mind the guidelines of thorough and concise writing when replying and posting your responses and replies. Post your Conference Participation responses no later than midnight (CST) Sunday of each week.  

Keep in mind that 'Participation' means (1) reading the assigned readings and checking out suggested websites before beginning your assignments and engage in online discussions and class participation, (2) applying readings and suggested website information to the virtual discussions and conference participation postings, and (3) forming supportive and inquiring relationships with other students in the class through postings to one another, sharing points of view and providing encouragement and constructive critique without being judgmental.  

The fourth activity is a Term Paper. Please select a topic of your choice from the International Business Annual Editions text and write a 10 page paper adhering to APA style. Before you start writing your paper send me an email no later than the end of the second week with your topic and a sentence or two of why you selected this topic. The Term Paper is worth 100 points and must be turned in by Wednesday of the eight week.


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 to be turned in by Wednesday of the 8th week

Evaluation Methods: the evaluation methods will be based on the following 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 each discussion question posted in each week's conference "discussion questions" thread. This response earns from zero (0) points to four (4) points 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

  • 4 = A response that includes all essential information, is thoughtful, cohesive and promotes further class discussion (engages critical thinking ability).
  • 3 = A response that includes all essential information, is thoughtful and cohesive.
  • 2 = A response that includes most essential information but lacks cohesiveness.
  • 1 = A response that lacks essential information and indicates minimal effort.
  • 0 = No response or plagiarism 

Conference Participation: this component requires that each student select another student's response to a discussion question and provide a substantial reply. A minimum of three (3) replies are required weekly. 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. If a student loses points one week s/he can make them up the following week 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.  

A 'substantial' reply 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.

Conference Participation Rubric/Scoring Guide

  • 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

I strongly suggest you log on at least every other day and spend one to two hours at a time (at a minimum) posting and responding to your classmates answers and/or responses. Should you wait to post and respond on Friday, you will have missed a great opportunity to enhance your learning as well as participate in the class discussion. 

Final grades will be computed on the following point scale:

A = 90-100% (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% ( or 191 or fewer points) 

Late Submission of Course Materials:

If the DQ assigned homework has not been posted by midnight Friday CST each week in the DQ Conference Participation threads, the student will lose 1 point per Discussion Question for Each Day the Homework is late.

No points will be given for late term paper submissions unless extension has been requested and granted prior to due date. 

The following are the only exceptions for late submissions:

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

(2) Student's employer sending student to temporary location of 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 with no access to a computer

Contact me as soon as possible if one of these situations applies to you and be prepared to fax or email documentation to me for placement in your administrative record.


Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Online Etiquette: All your online communication needs to be composed with fairness, honesty and tact. Your online writings will be graded. Here are a couple of online references that discuss writing online and netiquette Note: If you disagree with a point in someone's commentin the on-line discussion, please be sensitiveand professional in presen ting your opposing point of view.

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 2012-2013 Graduate Catalog Page 21-22


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 course related question, or using any of the learning management system tools. Park University 2012-2013 Graduate Catalog Page 26

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