Summer Session I — Course Descriptions and Instructor Bios (NEW)

Session I: May 26 – July 2, 2015

BUS 311: Information Systems for Global Business Environment Skills and strategies for using external information resources applied to local and global business issues; advanced skills in computer-based analytical techniques and information management; impact of information technology on business operations. Must be taken in first semester of BBA program. BUS 315: Global Management and Organizational Behavior Analysis of theories and concepts underlying domestic and global organizational management, including behavioral and personnel issues. Emphasis on leadership, team-work, cultural differences in the Asia Pacific region. Prerequisite to all other advanced management courses. Students may not receive credit for BUS 315 and TIM 303. Pre: PSY 100 or SOC 100. FIN 321: International Business Finance Financial management of foreign and international business operations: the regulatory environment of international finance, financing international transactions, international capital markets, taxation. Financial decision-making in the firm. MGT 320: Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship Covers the role of new ventures and entrepreneurship in the world economy, the formation, funding, marketing, structure and implementation of business ventures. MGT 341: Behavior in Organizations Contributions made by sociology, psychology, and related behavioral sciences to the understanding and prediction of human behavior in organizations. Pre: BUS 315 MGT 342: Multinational Business Management Introduction to the unique problems and challenges in managing multinational business enterprises. Systems approach to the management process in such multinational firms stressed. Pre: BUS 315. MKT 381: Multinational Marketing Principles and topics related to international marketing, with emphasis on strategic planning and applications. Pre: BUS 312 or consent. ASAN 320Z: Asian Nation Studies: Other – Taiwan Ethnic Identity, Historical Evolution, and Political Protest We will explore Taiwan’s continual struggle for ethnic identity, its evolution as an entity independent of China, and the political and social issues which often fill the streets of Taiwan with large scale, explosive protest which has resulted in the seizure of the parliament and the cabinet office building. Students will acquire a firm understanding of how Taiwan transformed itself from a poor agrarian, often brutal dictatorship into a powerhouse global economy with a vibrant two party democracy. Course features special guest speakers including Ambassador Raymond Burghardt, Chairman of the Board, American Institute in Taiwan and a visit by the de-facto Consul General of the Republic of China. A wide variety of video, online, and CD materials will be utilized. A field trip is planned to a Chinatown restaurant specializing in Taiwanese food. POLS 305: Global Politics/Comparative Introduction to global politics with emphasis on concepts and theories developed from a comparative politics perspective. Pre: sophomore standing or higher, or consent. POLS 316: International Relations Decision-making behavior of international actors; strategies of peacemaking. Pre: sophomore standing or higher, or consent. BUS 477/ 677: Field Study in Asia Analysis of selected key industries of Asian countries: business/economic trends, shifting product mix, technological changes, joint ventures, international competition, and productivity strategy, including contrasting management styles, worker/management relationships, and decision-making processes under different cultural settings. Industry observations conducted in Asian countries for three weeks during the summer. Pre: 6 credit hours of economics or business, PAMI participant; or consent. FIN 660: Seminar in Finance This course has the objective of communicating the essential concepts that finance executives must have to use international financial information for planning, control and decision-making and to formulate policy and manage resources internationally. Professor Misawa’s vision when teaching FIN 637 is to develop tomorrow’s MNE financial leaders. They will be confronted with a multitude of challenges due to the constantly shifting currents and tides of global change. Leaders should recognize and benefit from business opportunities from imperfections in global markets. Financial managers face numerous foreign exchange risks. But if properly understood, these risks present opportunities for creating values. In this course you’ll learn how to measure and manage various risks such as transaction, operating, and accounting exposures. You will study how to make money in foreign exchange markets; arbitrage and manipulation. You will study how to use Options, SWAP, Futures, and other derivatives in the currency markets. You will also learn the techniques of “International Capital Budgeting” in detail. Since the course is Asian Pacific oriented, you will study many Japanese cases. Throughout the course, the professor maintains a global focus and offers a wealth of international examples. The course does not require advanced calculus as a prerequisite. But basic financial and statistical math is required. The classes will be primarily lecture oriented. The text and the combination of class lectures and problem solving achieve the course objective. Professor Mitsuru Misawa worked with the Industrial Bank of Japan, the most prestigious investment bank in Japan, now known as Mizuho Corporate Bank, for 30 years. His career included assignments as an investment banker in New York and Tokyo, for 15 years each. Many scholarships for studying in Japan are available (Honjo-Misawa International Fellowship for a total of $26,000/year to be divided among 4 recipients); see Professor Misawa for more information. Professor Misawa is the Director of the Center for Japanese Global Investment and Finance, established at the College in 1997, under the sponsorship of Keidanren, Japan. He recently published 2 books: “Current Business and Legal Issues in Japan’s Banking and Finance Industry”, and “Cases on International Business and Finance in Japanese Corporations”. Dr. Misawa received his LLB from Tokyo University Law School, LLM from Harvard Law School, MBA from the University of Hawaii as an East-West Center grantee and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan (International Finance). Visit his website: