BUSM 788 / BUSM758

Managing Global Business Courses (with travel and virtual)
Credits: 
4 Spring

For more information on these courses, view a recording of the MBA Global Business Courses Information session, held on September 14th, here (passcode: 7==zLH6W).

FT MBA Global Business Courses_10.25.21.pdf

Course Descriptions for MBA Global Business Courses (with travel).pdf

MBA Global Business Courses Scholarships & Stipends_Sp2022.pdf

Virtually or while traveling abroad with a professor, students visit companies to enhance their business acumen and apply their knowledge and skills to solve a cross-border, cross-cultural business challenge. Students choose courses based on opportunities to develop expertise in their area of interest and based on the opportunity to network with colleagues, faculty and international company executives in their field.

Course Objectives: 

  • Develop a “global mindset,” an openness to and awareness of diversity across cultures and markets, with an ability to see common patterns.

  • Sharpen your “global business savvy” by gaining substantive knowledge of business organizations and the institutions in a given country, region, or industry as well as the capacity to contextualize this knowledge in comparative perspective.

  • Gain career skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging, and complex challenge.

  • Network with colleagues, faculty, alumni, and international company executives in your field of interest, while enhancing your cultural knowledge.

The academic focus of the course and location of the field experiences may change year to year.

Global business courses are offered every year. Visit the Center for Global Business (CGB) website for current opportunities.

Students should not purchase airfare for global business courses until the Center for Global Business officially confirms that the course will be running and sends specific instructions for purchasing airfare.

There are six MBA Global Business Courses available to FT, PT, Flex, and Online MBA students this spring. The Center for Global Business is offering 5 MBA Global Business Courses (with travel) AND the Managing Global Business Risks and Opportunities course (all virtual, without a travel component).  

All 6 courses:

  • are 4 credits in the spring semester

  • are open to 2nd and 3rd year MBA students

  • include an applied learning project

  • include meetings with global business leaders and MBA students around the world

Courses with travel:

  • include virtual coursework in spring with field experiences (travel) during spring break

  • Travel dates: March 19 (arrival) - March 26 (departure)

HAVANA, CUBA

Faculty: Dr. Kislaya Prasad

LISBON, PORTUGAL
Faculty: Dr. Judy K. Frels

SANTIAGO, CHILE
Faculty: Dr. Bennet Zelner

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN
Faculty: Dr. Cristian Dezso

REYKJAVIK, ICELAND
Faculty: Dr. David M. Waguespack

Cost:

  • 4 credits of spring 2022 tuition

  • Program fee (cost TBA)

  • $250 Education Abroad Fee

  • $39 Mandatory CISI International Health Insurance (estimate) 

Note: Program fee covers shared accommodation, in-country ground transportation, some group meals, business visits, applied learning component, and cultural activities for the abroad portion of the program.

Not included: international and inter-city airfare abroad, visa processing if applicable, most meals, personal expenses.

Review Course Descriptions for each travel course here

Stipend & Scholarship Information:

First time study abroad scholarships - CGB will support graduate students who are studying abroad for their first time with a $1,000 scholarship. To be eligible you must have not studied abroad at your undergraduate institution or during any previous masters degree. More information will be provided soon. 

Liaison roles - CGB will have leadership opportunities or liaison roles for each program that pay a stipend in return for program support. 

Click here for more informaiton and how to apply. 

Registration opens on Tuesday, October 26. Students will register for the MBA Global Business Courses in Testudo. The course number associated with each MBA Global Business Course will be provided soon. There is no additional application for these courses. 

The priority registration deadline is Monday, November 8, 2021. Each course must have at least 25 students enrolled by this date in order for the course to run.  

The final drop deadline is January 17, 2022. Students will be responsible for the entire program fee if the course is dropped after this date. 

The first mandatory class meeting for all MBA Global Business Courses will be Sunday, February 6, 2022. This meeting is mandatory for all enrolled students.

Faculty: Dr. Bennet Zelner

“Managing Global Business Risks and Opportunities” provides you with the opportunity to learn from and engage with business leaders and MBA students in the leading international business destinations of South Africa, Poland, and Israel. The class begins by providing you with conceptual tools for identifying and assessing the institutional influences shaping national business environments. You will then learn about the business and cultural environments in the three focal countries through direct online interaction with overseas business leaders and MBA students, as well as local subject matter experts. You will employ this knowledge in a team project in which you will advise a real-world American firm on a strategy for entering one of the three countries. At the end of the class teams will present their findings to firm representatives and a panel of external judges.

The class will consist of four sequential modules. 

1. Conceptual tools for developing international business strategies. You will learn conceptual frameworks for identifying and assessing the institutional influences shaping national business environments, and the factors relevant to developing international market entry strategies. 

2. Virtual engagement. You will learn about the business and cultural environments in Israel, Poland, and South Africa through direct online interaction with overseas businesses, local subject matter experts, and local MBA students.

3. Team project. You will perform a team consulting project for a U.S.-based company. Your team will be assigned one of the five host countries and asked to prepare a strategic analysis of the company’s possible entry into the country.

4. Presentation & integration. You will participate in a class-wide comparative exercise using the results of your team project. The exercise will include team presentations attended by company executives and other external experts.

 

Cost:

  • 4 credits of spring 2022 tuition

 

Class schedule:

Sunday 2/6/2022 10:00AM - 4:00PM

Friday 2/18/2022 9:00AM - 1:00PM

Friday 3/4/2022 8:00AM - 1:00PM**

Sunday 4/10/2022 8:00AM - 1:00PM**

Friday 4/22/2022 8:00AM - 1:00PM**

Friday 5/6/2022 9:00AM - 1:00PM

 

**Virtual engagement session with overseas businesses and students.  

Registration opens on Tuesday, October 26. Students will register for the MBA Global Business Courses in Testudo. The course number associated with each MBA Global Business Course will be provided soon. There is no additional application for this course. 

 

Questions?

Greg Rafal
Assistant Director, Center for Global Business
grafal@umd.edu