IB 8080 Legal Aspects of International Business
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites None
Requirements Students not enrolled in MIB must obtain instructor consent
Description

This course addresses the business and legal issues of international business and commercial transactions. The course addresses types of international business transactions: import/export, distributorships, technology transfers, and foreign direct investment. The course also addresses the international regulation of trade and international dispute resolution. Students gain practical skills, including negotiating international contracts, working with overseas agents and partners, protecting intellectual property rights, and evaluating foreign markets for investment. Teaching methodologies vary and may include: hands-on work with international business documents, in-class problems and activities, case studies on foreign markets, contract negotiations, and guest speakers from consulates.

IB 8090 International Business Environment
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites None
Requirements None
Description

This course is divided into two parts. The first part provides an intensive study of the changing economic, political, financial, and cultural environment in which organizations compete, both traditionally and digitally. The second part of the course encompasses specific business operations through a global lens, including import, export, counter trade, manufacturing and materials management; marketing and research and development; human resource management; accounting; and financial management.

IB 8092 Analyzing International Business Problems
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites None
Description

The course reviews and applies the fundamental analytical frameworks in international and cross-cultural business. The course has a primary focus on models and decision support tools for making optimal decisions encountered by the firm in international market entry and expansion. The perspective is of the manager who integrates data, insights, and intelligence with decision making tools in order to arrive at rational choices in internationalization. Managerial decisions addressed in the course include: international market opportunity analysis; assessment of foreign market entry risk; international market research; cross cultural frameworks for analyzing customers; foreign location analysis; and others.

IB 8100 International Entrepreneurship
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites IB 8090 or consent of instructor
Requirements None
Description

This course considers theory, research, and practical advice about how to take a small- or medium-sized business or a new venture (traditional or dot.com) international. In addition to readings and lectures, students explore complex written cases and participate in class discussions with visiting speakers involved with international entrepreneurship. In a major project, students explore the feasibility of an international business venture.

IB 8180 Doing Business in Emerging Markets
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites None - Students not enrolled in MIB must obtain instructor consent
Requirements None
Description

This course addresses the business and legal issues of international business and commercial transactions. The course addresses types of international business transactions: import/export, distributorships, technology transfers, and foreign direct investment. The course also addresses the international regulation of trade and international dispute resolution. Students gain practical skills, including negotiating international contracts, working with overseas agents and partners, protecting intellectual property rights, and evaluating foreign markets for investment. Teaching methodologies vary and may include: hands-on work with international business documents, in-class problems and activities, case studies on foreign markets, contract negotiations, and guest speakers from consulates.

IB 8389 Directed Readings in International Business
Credit Hours 1.0 TO 6.0
Prerequisites Consent of the instructor, good academic standing
Description
IB 8400 International Exchange Program Credit
Credit Hours 1.0 TO 6.0
Prerequisites Acceptance to a RCB International Exchange Program
Requirements None
Description

This course is provided as a vehicle for awarding credit to graduate students who successfully complete course work as part of an international exchange program of the Robinson College of Business.

IB 8410 Study Abroad
Credit Hours 3.0 TO 6.0
Prerequisites Consent of the respective program director
Requirements None
Description

This course number serves as a generic number for study abroad programs sponsored by the Robinson College of Business and the Institute of International Business. An in-country experience is a required segment of the course. Specific region and/or discipline focus may vary by offering. Contact the Institute of International Business for the current list of program options.

IB 8500 International Business Internship
Credit Hours 1.0 TO 6.0
Prerequisites Enrollment in MIB program; established language fluency in language of host country prior to approval for an internship; consent of Director of the Institute of International Business
Requirements None
Description

The internship experience is a supervised work program in an organization outside the United States in a non-English-speaking country. Foreign nationals may intern with organizations in the United States or other English-speaking countries. The Institute of International Business assists students in locating international internships and assists foreign nationals in locating internships in the United States. Students are encouraged to be actively involved in the internship selection process. The internship must be for at least one semester (minimum of 120 days in-country) of full-time work and must be related to the student’s program of study. Fluency in the business language of the host country must be established prior to the internship. All internships must be approved in advance by the Director of the Institute of International Business.

IB 8510 International Business Field Study
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites None - Students not enrolled in MIB must obtain instructor consent
Requirements None
Description

The field study is a supervised practical application experience, an internship, or consulting experience, culminating in a term paper or thesis. It provides students the opportunity to learn and apply international busines skills in a professional setting. Students are responsible for choosing their field study topic and presenting a plan of study to be approved by their academic advisor.

IB 8550 Special Topics in International Business
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites None-Students not enrolled in MIB must obtain instructor consent
Requirements None
Description

Students in this course will examine current issues of significance to internationalizing enterprises. A modular structure of the course enables treatment of such topics as global social responsibility, cross-cultural proficiency, competing with emerging market firms, and foreign market opportunity assessment.

IB 8600 International Management
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites None
Requirements None
Description

This course focuses on the management of the multinational corporation (MNC). The main course objectives are to critically analyze specific managerial challenges and opportunities faced by MNCs; to provide knowledge and conceptual frameworks necessary for understanding and managing MNCs; and to train and develop skills critical for international managers (e.g., writing and oral presentation skills, information skills, cultural sensitivities).

IB 8620 Commercial Diplomacy
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites IB 8090 or permission of instructor
Requirements CSP: 1, 2, 6, 7
Description

This course examines commercial diplomacy from the company specific point of view. In particular, the course focuses on the concerns of the line-of-business or country manager. The course makes extensive use of visiting speakers and materials that address the central question of how companies relate to a broader environment that includes political/legal/economic risk assessment, business/government relations, relations with nongovernmental organizations and the larger civil society, and linkages to the institutions of trade regimes.

IB 8630 International Business Negotiation
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites None
Requirements None
Description

International Business Negotiation focuses on negotiation in the global business setting. This course will cover the fundamental deal making and dispute resolution negotiation concepts covered in general negotiation class, but in a multi-cultural environment. Culture affects negotiators’ strategies for using influence and information; the issues to be negotiated; negotiators’ interests and priorities, as well as the social, economic, legal, and cultural environment in which negotiations are conducted. Through simulations, cases, videos, and class discussion, students develop an understanding of cross-cultural negotiations and build skills that can be used to make deals and resolve disputes in a global environment.

IB 8680 Technology and Global Competition
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites None
Requirements None
Description

This course examines the role of technology in shaping corporate strategy for competing in a global environment. Technology is broadly defined to include product and process technologies as well as information and communication technologies which form the core of the new digital economy. Readings from international business, strategic management, and innovation theory are used to learn how to evaluate a successful technology strategy. Special attention is placed on the political, cultural, legal, and economic differences of operating in a global marketplace.

IB 8690 Global Operations Management
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course introduces recent innovations in global operations management as they relate to a global business strategy. The course integrates concepts from organizational behavior, marketing, accounting, economics, and leadership to instill an appreciation of the complexity of developing and managing a global production system. Topics include global business strategy, improving global operating performance, supply-chain performance and production rationalization, and establishing new limits of global operations performance.

IB 8710 International Information Technology Issues and Policy
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites None
Requirements CSP: 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 (Same as CIS 8220)
Description

This course examines the role of technology as an integral and key factor in the delivery and support of information and communication technologies in the global economy for both traditional and electronic businesses, and the related technical and managerial issues. The first half of the course is grounded in business strategy and information technology fit, culture, and national policy theory. The second half examines business in practice in the different world regions. Illustrative case studies coupled with readings of current press, class discussion, and practitioners from the international business community who provide real-world insight are used to bridge concepts and practice. In a major project, students assess the attractiveness of a particular country for a real company.

IB 8990 Policy and Strategy in the International Marketplace
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites IB 8090 and either ECON 8850 or ECON 8860; or consent of the instructor
Requirements None
Description

Emphasis is given to the integration of the marketing, finance, research and development, operations, and human resource management functions to provide a competitive advantage for a firm operating in a global environment.

IB 9910 Seminar in International Business Theory
Credit Hours 3.0
Requirements 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7
Description

This seminar provides doctoral candidates with a comprehensive overview of the field of international business. We address an eclectic assortment of theoretical and empirical approaches to the study of cross-border business. We explore interesting research questions raised by the interdisciplinary literature. An important objective is to familiarize participants with the evolution of thought in international business, theory of the MNC, and contemporary perspectives. Each participant is given an opportunity to frame and design potential research projects in the field.

IB 9920 Cultural Frameworks and Cross-Cultural Behavior
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites None
Requirements CSP: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7
Description

The primary objective of the seminar is to examine the conceptual foundations of culture and how culture affects organizational behavior in comparative and multicultural contexts. Conceptualizations of culture are studied from a number of different disciplinary perspectives. We examine how alternate conceptualizations of culture influence research design issues. Also addressed are critical methodological issues in implementing a cross cultural study, with a particular focus on psychometric considerations, as well as recent research on the ways in which cultures vary. We also investigate how national culture affects teams, leadership, conflict, and negotiation.

IB 9930 Global Interorganizational Relationships
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites None
Requirements CSP: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7
Description

This seminar provides an in-depth review and analysis of inter-enterprise relationships in an international context, tracing key theoretical and empirical literature. Cross-border trading arrangements involve organizational actors from different cultural and institutional settings, necessitating the use of multiple theoretical perspectives to assess the complex structure and processes. Also discussed are contemporary forms of international business phenomena such as global supply chains, international strategic alliances, and other cross-border, enterprise arrangements.