Foundations of International Business (2)

Discipline: Semester at Sea Seminars
Instructor: Andre
Credits: 3
Day: B
Start: 0925
End: 1040
Field Work: Day 6 - Cochin - 14 March | India
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: India
Day: 6 - Cochin - 14 March

The Tata Group is made up of over 100 companies involved in seven businesses in more than 80 countries. The company is known for its production of the low cost Nano and also owns Range Rover and Jaguar. Respected in India for over 140 years, the Tata companies sales exceed $100 billion per year and employ over 450,000 people. Tata Ceramics produces and sells fine-bone china crockery and tableware. It is an associate company of Tata Power and was incorporated in 1991. Academic Objectives:

  1. To study the organization and operation of Tata Companies and their values and purpose.
  2. To observe the operations and production of china and tableware at the plant in Kochin.
  3. To analyze the international competitive environment for Tata Ceramics and Tata Group.