International Business

Universidad Antonio de Nebrija

Course Description

  • Course Name

    International Business

  • Host University

    Universidad Antonio de Nebrija

  • Location

    Madrid, Spain

  • Area of Study

    International Relations, International Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
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  • Overview

    Course Code: DE1124


    Help students to get a practical and multicultural view over the current trends in the international outlook: economy, policy, business, diplomacy; and how contemporary events have recently shaped that international outlook.
    Our goal in International Business is to build our ability to identify the critical questions around the challenges managers in international organizations face.
    We begin with the general context in which international business takes place.
    Once we have a sense of context, we look at the uncontrollable forces in the international environment, and then the controllable forces.
    Our approach is based on a guided, informed discussion that will help you develop
    organizational membership skills.
    These skills include discussion, learning from others, group work, self-monitoring, and identifying and seeking what you need to know regarding the practical tools to manage
    trade and international investments companies.


    The final grade consists of three parts: a) Class Participation, b) Midterm Exam and c) Final Exam. Attendance is MANDATORY. Any absence will affect negatively students? final grade. Students need to do their homework and review the contents at home in order to enable active class participation.

    35% attendance and active participation

    25% Midterm Exam.

    40% Final Exam
    A final examination will be necessary to pass successfully the course with an average of

    The final grade will be the weighted average among the class participation, midterm and final exam


    Class attendance is MANDATORY.
    Any unjustified absences will NEGATIVELY affect the final grade.

    Readings: The text for this course is Ball et al., International Business: the Challenge of Global Competition, 12th edition. You also are responsible for regular reading in the international business press. I recommend the Financial Times for its comprehensive and well-written coverage of global markets.

    Course Objectives: Our objectives are to build understanding of international business to a point where you can identify the questions critical to the area and develop their possible answers. The basic foundational knowledge necessary suggests that you be able to:
    describe the process of globalization and its potential impact on managers; suggest management approaches that reflect an understanding of how the external context influences international business;
    explain how international involvement may influence management in the functional areas;
    describe ethical challenges and issues of social responsibility that international managers may encounter;
    develop a fundamental approach to the challenges of these ethical issues; assess international management challenges via case studies and develop alternative solutions;
    develop writing and discussion skills via class writing and discussion leadership;
    build intellectual curiosity.

    Commitment to the Course: By signing up for this course, you agree to attend all the meetings, follow this syllabus and use your college email account regularly.
    Class Preparation and Participation: The reading assignments are to prepare for

    class discussion, so coming to class without having done the reading is taking advantage of your classmates and the instructor. Our assumption in INB 307 is that learning is a community activity (Parker Palmer, see attached summary). Your participation in discussion is important because it allows you to influence the learning of your colleagues and be influenced by them. This dynamic exchange is one of the main ways learning occurs in many organizations. Note that registration for the class does
    not constitute class membership; participation does. Constructive contribution includes participation in experiential exercises and questions or comments about the course material, current events, and issues raised by class members.
    Academic Standards and Academic Honesty: The Universidad Nebrija Student Academic Honesty Policy will be upheld. Remember that the use of anyone else?s work without giving credit, including work of another student or material from a website, constitutes plagiarism. At the same time, please do not assume that your ideas in this course have to be your own. The key to academic honesty is acknowledgment.


    Session Reading Assignment BEFORE Class Meeting

    1: Introduction to Course, Review of Syllabus

    2: Part I: Big Picture

    Chapter 1: Rapid Change of Intl Bus

    3: Chapter 2: International Trade

    4: Chapter 3: Trade Theory

    5: Chapter 4: International Institutions

    6: Part II: Environmental Forces

    Chapter 5: Sociocultural Forces

    7: Chapter 6: Natural Resources

    8: Chapter 7: Economic and Socioeconomic Forces

    9: Chapter 8: Political Forces

    10: Chapter 9: Legal Forces

    11: Chapter 10: Financial Forces

    12: Chapter 20: Accounting and Financial Management


    14: Part III: Internal Forces

    Chapter 11: Labor Forces

    15: Chapter 12: International Strategy

    16: Chapter 15: Entry Modes

    17: Chapter 16: Exp Imp Practices

    18: Chapter 18: Supply Chain Mgmt

    19: Chapter 19: Human Resources Mgmt

    20: International Marketing

    Chapter 14: Assess & Analyze Markets

    21: Chapter 17: Marketing Internationally

    22: Summary Day, Course Review, Career Development Discussion

    23: FINAL EXAM

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations


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