Economic Development and Entrepreneurship (Section 2)

3500-504:
Discipline: Semester at Sea Seminars
Instructor: Berk/Peters
Credits: 3
Day: C
Start: 1045
End: 1200
Field Work: Day 1 - Helsinki - Thursday, 6 August | Finland
Prerequisites: Coursework in principles of micro or macroeconomics is suggested. Download Syllabus

Effective business leadership in a world of increasing global interdependence demands not only
new information and skills, but also a heightened awareness of the influence of globalization on
that world. Globalization dramatically shapes world markets, sculpts the political landscape, and
enables widespread exportation of culture, language and social conventions. This course seeks
to examine the impact of globalization upon both the developing and the developed world. The
course will employ an interdisciplinary approach, drawing insights from global development
studies, comparative macroeconomics, and international business. We will explore economic
trends and international business practices in our contemporary context, examining the impact
of globalization on commerce, trade, and development. The course will highlight examples from
the countries on our itinerary, comparing and contrasting the development strategies of and
business environments in European, Nordic, and former Soviet countries.

Field Work

Country: Finland
Day: 1 - Helsinki - Thursday, 6 August

This Field Lab is an opportunity for participants to meet with the leaders of an independent think tank which partners with companies, cities, governments and communities – to find the meaning in complexity and to work strategically for systemic change. Students will learn how Demos works to create systemic change based on pragmatic methods of participatory management and democratic leadership. Academic Objectives: 1. Students will learn about Demos’ approach to sustainable development and systemic change. 2. Participants will engage with thought leaders in dialogue about recent innovative approaches toward cultivating sustainable lifestyles in Finland. 3. Participants will become acquainted with a Scandinavian cultural values and experience how those values underpin the work of the think tank.