King's College - International Business

Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

All courses offered by the McGowan School of Business beyond the 200-level must be completed at King’s College in order for the awarding of the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.) with major in International Business degree, or minor sequence in International Business, or for the fulfillment of any required course in any other degree or minor offered through the William G. McGowan School of Business, unless permission is granted by the Department Chair in writing prior to the start of any coursework.

BUS 435 — Global Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (3)

This course investigates organizational and industry related factors that influence strategic decisions regarding innovation and entrepreneurship, and the ultimate impact of these decisions on organizational success. Emphasis is placed on gaining an understanding and appreciation of the benefits of current and future technologies and how these technologies may be leveraged to achieve strategic goals. Particular emphasis will be placed on global sustainability from economic, environment and social perspectives. The primary analytical tool used is the case analysis method, whereby business situations are examined to gain a deeper understanding of the development and implementation of global innovation and entrepreneurial strategies. This course will emphasize independent research. Prerequisites: CIS 110, IB 241/CORE 193, MSB 200, MSB 210, MSB 320.

BUS 455 — Global e-Business (3)

The goal of this course is to help business students learn how to use and manage informa­tion technologies to revitalize business processes and improve business decision making. A major emphasis is the understanding of how information system applications can be leveraged to gain a competitive advantage in global commerce. This course also places a major emphasis on up-to-date coverage of the essential role of internet technologies in providing a platform for business, commerce, and collaboration processes among all business stakeholders in today’s networked enterprises and global markets. The primary analytical tool used is the case analysis method, whereby business situations are examined to gain a deeper understanding of the development and implementation of information technology. The course will emphasize independent research and also utilize simulation software. Prerequisites: CIS 110, IB 241/CORE 193, MSB 200, MSB 210, and MSB 320.

FIN 378 — International Finance (3)

Focus on the international financial environment, the operation of the foreign exchange markets and currency-related derivative securities, and the international operations of the corporation. Topics include: international monetary agreements, the balance of payments, exchange-rate determination, management of foreign-exchange risk, and international capital budgeting. Prerequisite: MSB 320.

IB 241 — Introduction to International Business (3)*

This course will provide broad overview of the environment in which international business takes place. The topics to be covered include but are not limited to analysis of the political, legal, and cultural environments in which international businesses operate; understanding corporate strategy formulation in the face of government intervention; understanding the International monetary system; and discussing international trade and foreign direct investment. The course covers broad spectrum of topics to equip students with fundamentals of international business.

IB 356 — Economic Development and International Geography (3)

Issues in development-population, land usage, transportation, industrialization and natu­ral resources, examined in various regions of the world. Particular consideration is given to the way in which a country’s geography affects its economic development. Prerequisites: CORE 153 or ECON 112.

IB 358 — International Economics (3)

The development of the theory of international specialization and trade, the question of free trade and protectionism, an analysis of foreign exchange rates and balance of pay­ments with an appraisal of international financial institutions. Prerequisites: CORE 153 or ECON 112.

IB 360 — Comparative Economic Systems (3)

Analysis of the institutional structure of each type of economy and the ways in which basic economic principles work through such structures to produce economic results. Prerequisites: CORE 153 or ECON 112.

IB 371 — International Politics (3)

Selected aspects of international politics at its three major levels of analysis: the interna­tional political system; the major actors in the system; the principal forms of interaction between actors in the system. Among topics are: the balance of power, collective security; foreign policy decision making; environmental factors; diplomacy, bargaining and war; arms control; and the role of non-national actors like the multinational corporation and the United Nations. Case study illustrations will be utilized.

IB 450 — Management of Multinational Corporations (3)

Globalization of markets and integration of production; growing importance of the emerg­ing markets; and global impact of diverse forces such as financial crisis, wars, terrorism, and disease define the nature of today’s businesses. Developing management processes and making strategic choices are the foundations of successful decision making in this increasingly complex global environment. This class will help students develop the es­sential skills needed to formulate and implement successful strategic moves in the new competitive and interdependent global environment. Case studies will focus on foreign operations management; planning and implementing global strategies; developing multi­national company structures; and adapting administrative practices and operating policies to international diversities. Prerequisites: IB 241 and MSB 200.

IB 491 — Special Topics in International Business (3)

The purpose of this class is to give students an opportunity to develop their research skills and to learn about an international business topic of interest. Students are to explore in depth a business topic, analyze a phenomenon that affects the national or regional economy, or focus on a specific issue that affects a particular organization (i.e., private, public, or not-for-profit) in a specific country. Students will examine business topic in a way that is clearly relevant to managers and/or government policy as it relates to industry.

IB 499 — International Business Internship (1-6)

Internship opportunities can be arranged with advisement of the department chairperson. Junior or senior status with a minimum G.P.A. of 2.50 is required.

MKT 385 — Global Supply Chain Management (3)

Global supply chain management involves development of the chain of supply, not merely from one level in a channel of distribution to that above it (i.e., from retailer to manufac­ture), but rather involving examination of a channel up to producers of raw materials, to insure the efficacy, and increasingly, the ethics of said channel. While the course would focus on the supply chain issues facing businesses, discussion could include the ultimate consumers as they begin to question human rights issues surrounding the production of the products they buy, as well as the environmental impact of said products. As it is increasingly difficult to construct a supply chain which involves purely domestic entities, this course takes a global perspective. Prerequisites: MSB 200 and MSB 210.

MKT 390 — International Marketing (3)

Introduction to multi-national marketing, with emphasis on: international competi­tion; distribution systems; pricing and credit policies; promotional methods to include advertising; trade barriers; trade agreements; and the political, legal, cultural, ethical, and technological backgrounds. Prerequisites: MSB 210.

*IB 241 — Introduction to International Business is a substitute for CORE 193 — Global­ization.

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