International Business Management

Course Code: BUS200
Day: Thurs Time: 19:10-21:00 Hours: 20 Sessions: 10 Core certificate: International Business Management Elective certificate: International Business Communication, Management Fundamentals Medium of Instruction: English Prerequisites: Students should have completed BUS101 or have at least 3 years of working experience in an administrative or management function. Location: Tokyo

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Course Description

As the 21st century advances, greater numbers of companies and business are working across borders. Whether it's supply chain and sourcing materials, exploring new international markets, or working with disperse teams, a solid grasp of international business is increasingly important in today's world. This course covers both the organizational and human dimensions, and helps participants address two fundamental questions: 1) How do we insure our organization is "aligned" and capable of succeeding in international business? 2) How can we heighten our awareness of and better manage cultural difference? Through lecture, readings, case studies, discussion and assignments, the course explores concepts, frameworks and tools related to understanding cultural differences in business, effective international strategy and management, organizational alignment and congruence, and international human resource management. If you or your organization engages or is planning to engage in internationally, this course will set the foundation to enact key principles of success.

Learning Objectives

1. Understand and analyze international business strategies
2. Analyze foreign markets
3. Understand human resources management issues (communication, motivation, leadership, organizational culture) in international business.
4. Explain new approaches to marketing management when conducting business internationally

Who should take this course

Those who work internationally in any capacity, including employees on an international team, those who manage people across borders or multicultural teams, and those planning to enter international markets.


No required textbook


John Foster

Instructor Biography

John has been instructing an array of business management courses in Continuing Education at Temple University Japan since 2007. He is also an adjunct professor of business management at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). John has had a varied career working as a stockbroker and investment advisor, in information systems and e-commerce management, launching and managing a business with employees, as a project manager with Microsoft and in public relations with Toys 'R' Us Japan. He has written business plans and consulted on business start-ups, and written for several publications and published two books: "Making Conversation" and "Milo, the Closet Monster and the Anti-Monster Society" in support of his Anti-Monster Society. John has a BA in Economics from the University of British Columbia, an MBA from Deakin University, a Certificate (with honors) in Electronic Commerce Management from BCIT and is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM).