Summer Session II — Course Descriptions and Instructor Bios

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Session II: July 7 – August 14, 2015

Undergraduate Courses

BUS 311: Information Systems for Global Business Environment*

*This is a 3-week intensive course

CRN: 90416, Section 701, 3 credits

Instructor: Thayanan Phuaphanthong

MTWRF 1:00 PM - 3:45 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*

*BUS 313 has 2 sections

Instructor: Benjamin Bystrom

3 credits

Section 701 (CRN 91143): MTWRF 9:00-10:15 AM

Section 702 (CRN 91213): MTWRF 10:30-11:45 AM

Build the economic, financial and analytical skills that will help you be a better business decision maker in the global economy. Develop an understanding for the key economic drivers, inter-relationships and institutions existing in international business and trade. Identify market opportunities and trends through independent research of markets, trade flows, financial data and other economic information. Understand and measure country/sovereign risk by analyzing a balance of payments, trade, inflation, debt levels, capital flows, etc. Analyze world financial and capital markets (e.g. efficient methods to fund a business enterprise, hedge foreign exchange and interest rate risk, make investments, etc.)

Professor Benjamin Bystrom is a lecturer at the University of Hawaii’s Shidler College of Business, teaching graduate courses in Japanese finance and capital markets and undergraduate courses in corporate finance, banking, international finance and economics. Ben came to teaching in 2004 after a 20-year career in investment and commercial banking both in New York and Tokyo. Most recently he was an Executive Director with Morgan Stanley in Japan where he focused on restructuring and financing of Japanese insurance companies and banks. Ben has worked in foreign exchange trading, mergers and acquisitions, derivatives and a wide variety of debt products. He has advised and financed Fortune 500 companies around the globe. Ben has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Economics and Quantitative Methods from the University of Hawaii and Master’s degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in Finance (Wharton School) and East Asia Studies/Japanese Language. In addition to being a fluent speaker of Japanese, Ben was a Research Fellow in the Economics Department at the University of Tokyo.

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

CRN: 90417, Section 701, 3 credits

Instructor: Sung-Ho Shin

MW 10:00 AM - 1:30 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.

MGT 342: Multinational Business Management (IB Focus only)

CRN: 91451, Section 701, 3 credits

Instructor: Cristina Suarez

WF 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM

 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.

ASAN 312: Contemporary Asian Civilizations

CRN: 91940, Section 701, 3 credits

Instructor: Surojit Gupta

MTWRF 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Multidisciplinary examination of problems and issues affecting peoples and institutions of contemporary Asia: ethnic, language, religious, and cultural differences; population growth; public health; economic development; political and social change; environmental problems; etc. Pre: 201 and 202, or consent.

MKT 381: Multinational Marketing

CRN: 96039, Section 701, 3 credits

Instructor: TBA

MTWRF 12:00-1:15 PM

Principles and topics related to international marketing, with emphasis on strategic planning and applications.

ASAN 491G: Topic in Asian (Beyond Hollywood: Contemporary Asia)

CRN: 91941, Section 701, 3 credits

Instructor: Surojit Gupta

MWF 12:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Professor Surojit Gupta has a Ph.D. in South Asian History (University of Hawaii at Manoa) and a Master of Philosophy in Chinese and Japanese Studies (University of Delhi).  Dr. Gupta has taught courses in History and Asian Studies for over three decades at campuses in the United States and India. He has also served as Academic Director of the School for International Training (now, World Learning, Inc.)'s College Semester Abroad programs in India (Udaipur & Jaipur, Rajasthan). He is presently a visiting faculty at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and has been teaching for the Outreach College during the summer sessions.


POLS 305: Global Politics/Comparative

CRN: 92302, Section 701, 3 credits

Instructor: Yeonhee Kim

MTWRF 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Introduction to global politics with emphasis on concepts and theories developed from a comparative politics perspective. Pre: sophomore standing or higher, or consent.

POLS 315: Global Politics/International Relations*

*Course is conducted online (6/08 - 8/14/2015)

CRN: 91532, Section 701, 3 credits

Instructor: Gitte Du Plessis

Online TBA

POLS 316: International Relations

CRN: 92128, Section 701, 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.


Graduate Courses

MGT 650 [Section 702]: Management Topics: An Entrepreneurial Perspective*

*Course is conducted online (7/6 - 8/14/2015)

CRN: 92190, Section 702, 3 credits

Instructor: Manuel Serapio

Unlike the traditional international business course that is centered on the multinational enterprise, this course focuses on entrepreneurial and mid-market companies, as well as intrapreneurial units within established firms (i.e., corporate entrepreneurship).In this course, special attention will be given to the international entrepreneur as the primary actor in international business. In addition, students will gain a better understanding of the nuts and bolts of international business, and key principles in international deal-making. An overarching theme of the course is fostering an entrepreneurial mindset in international business.

Professor Manuel Serapio is an Associate Professor of Management and International Business and the Program Director of the Master of Science program in International Business at the University of Colorado at Denver. Professor Serapio's research and teaching interests focus on international business, cross-border research and development, the globalization of services, and international entrepreneurship. Dr. Serapio received a PhD in International Business from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, an MBA from the University of Hawaii, and an undergraduate degree from Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines. He received the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award in the College of Business in 1990-1991.



Updated: 05/04/2015