Foundations of International Business (1)

Discipline: Semester at Sea Seminars
Instructor: Andre
Credits: 3
Day: B
Start: 1425
End: 1540
Field Work: Day 1 - Yokohama - 29 January | Japan
Prerequisites: There are no specific academic pre-requisites, but a general knowledge of countries, cultures and business would be helpful. Download Syllabus

This course provides insight into globalization and addresses how and why the world’s countries differ in their approach to business.  It is an introductory international business class with up-to-date research and information about global trends and enterprise strategy.  Incorporating current events and related theory, this course covers key global issues.  It includes the social/cultural context for global business, cross-border trade, the global monetary system, emerging markets, and competition in the global environment.  Students will be introduced to national differences in political economy, trade theory, foreign direct investment, foreign exchange markets, importing, exporting, ethics, and international business strategies. Comprehensive research projects consisting of reports and discussion will offer key insights into the countries being visited on the voyage.  Case studies, guest speakers, and discussions are integrated into the class to demonstrate the material covered.  Methods of evaluation: quizzes, midterm, final, field assignments, term project, and class participation.

Field Work

Country: Japan
Day: 1 - Yokohama - 29 January

Tour the Nissan automobile assembly plant near Yokohama for a firsthand look at a world class automotive assembly operation, one of the most advanced anywhere. Production is for domestic markets and export from a nearby distribution center. Witness “Lean Operations” and the Japanese obsession with quality as this flexible manufacturing facility builds some of the newest models in Nissan’s portfolio. The Oppama plant began operations in 1961 and has been a pioneer in flexible manufacturing systems. It is a modern day leader in automated manufacturing. The Nissan leaf is one of the models produced at this plant. In preparation for this visit, please refer here. Academic Objectives:

  1. To get an inside look at automated manufacturing, the role of quality, and the use of just-in-time techniques.
  2. To study the global automobile market and the competitive variables involved in succeeding.
  3. To observe the steps involved in robotics and automation in manufacturing.