Summer Session I — Course Descriptions and Instructor Bios

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Session I: May 26 – July 2, 201

Undergraduate Courses

BUS 311: Information Systems for Global Business Environment*

* This is a 3-week intensive course

CRN: 90414, Section 601, 3 credits

Instructor: Richard Halverson

MTWRF 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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 313: Economic and Financial Environment of Global Business

CRN: 92377, Section 601, 3 credits

Instructor: Oleg Ivanets

MTWRF 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

International trade, financial flows, and direct investment. Public and private institutions including government policies and capital markets. Emphasis on Asia Pacific issues, with attention to the cultural differences among countries

BUS 315: Global Management and Organizational Behavior (IB Focus only)

CRN: 91705, Section 601, 3 credits

Instructor: Val Iwashita

MTWRF 10:30 AM-12:00 PM

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

CRN: 95903, Section 601, 3 credits

Instructor: Mitsuru Misawa

MTWRF 10:30-11:45 AM

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 financial policy and manage financial resources internationally.

Professor Misawa’s vision when teaching FIN 321 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 primarily be 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: http://www2.hawaii.edu/~misawa/

MGT 320: Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship (IB Focus only)

CRN: 92192, Section 601, 3 credits

Instructor: Sung-Ho Shin

TR 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM

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 (IB Focus only)

CRN: 90791, Section 601, 3 credits

Instructor: Cristina Suarez

TR 1:00-4:15 PM

Contributions made by sociology, psychology, and related behavioral sciences to the understanding and prediction of human behavior in organizations. Pre: BUS 315

Professor Cristina Suarez specializes in Organizational Behavior and Human Resources in International Management. Her background includes work with the Walt Disney Company in Florida and on Capitol Hill, as well as work in corporate government affairs in Washington, D.C. and in international political economy in Switzerland and Eastern Europe. The primary focus of her academic work is Business Ethics.

ASAN 320Z: Asian Nation Studies: Other – Taiwan Ethnic Identity, Historical Evolution, and Political Protest

CRN: 91651, Section 601, 3 credits

Instructor: William Sharp

MTWRF 1:30 PM - 4:15 PM

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

CRN: 91120, Section 601, 3 credits

Instructor: Reza Mohajerinejad

MTWRF 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

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

CRN: 92126, Section 601, 3 credits

Instructor: Philip Reynolds

MTWRF 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Decision-making behavior of international actors; strategies of peacemaking. Pre: sophomore standing or higher, or consent.

BUS 477/ 677: Field Study in Asia

CRN: 92214 / 92218, Section 601 / 801, 6 credits

Instructor: Jack Suyderhoud

TBA

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.

 

Graduate Courses

FIN 660: Seminar in Finance

CRN: 92202, Section 601, 3 credits

Instructor: Mitsuru Misawa

TR 6:00 PM - 9:45 PM

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: http://www2.hawaii.edu/~misawa/

 

Updated: 05/04/2015