BMI801 - Contemporary Issues in International Business

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Subject Title
Contemporary Issues in International Business

Subject Description
Some of the most complex problems in international business exist at the nexus between strategy, governments, and regionalism.  Correspondingly, this course takes a three-fold approach to examining contemporary issues in international business.  Building on the concepts explored in International Strategic Management, the first part of the course explores leadership, corporate governance, information management, risk management and sustainability from a global perspective.

The second part of the course focuses on emerging markets.  Specifically emphasis will be placed on identifying emerging markets and analyzing the opportunities and challenges these markets present, and strategies needed to survive in these markets.  Political and religious systems impacting these markets will be explored.  In addition, the financial and economic systems in these markets will be discussed. 

The third part of the course examines integration and conflict at the regional level.  Regional integration systems such as CARICOM and MERCURSOR will be discussed, as well as geopolitical issues such as border conflicts and military tensions impacting global business.  What sets this course apart is its emphasis not only on revolving contemporary issues, but also global issues that are emerging as the course progresses.

Credit Status
One credit.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the critical role of the leader and organizational leadership in international business.
  2. Discuss the policies and processes that direct institutions and emerging forms of global governance. 
  3. Assess the role of information management in global business.
  4. Discuss the importance of risk management in international business.
  5. Apply the principles of sustainability to global business.
  6. Identify emerging markets, and challenges and opportunities in these markets.
  7. Discuss the impact of political and religious systems on international business.
  8. Analyze financial and economic systems of emerging markets.
  9. Analyze regional integration agreements and their impact on global business.
  10. Assess geopolitical issues impacting international business.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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