Course Meets: Fridays 9-11am, 12-2pm, 2-4pm / Classroom WO25
Instructor: Jan Klakurka
E-Mail: [email protected]
Phone: 416-454-3306 (cell) or 289-644-4199 (Dell Voice)
Office Hours: by appointment or Fri 11am-noon
Course Scope and Mission
This course examines how organizations, their divisions, business units, subsidiaries and
partners succeed in reaching their goals through design and implementation of competitive
approaches and techniques outside of their original boarders. Success in the global
marketplace is achieved by a leveraging of formal strategic processes, commonly-applied
market entry techniques, and spontaneous creativity of the people across diverse jurisdictions,
which together sum to growth through internationalization. Similarly, this course will address
what can be done for those domestic players that now face enhanced competition from
international companies that have set their sights on new markets. This course will practice
traditional strategic analyses, will apply the principle of Integrative Thinking and will approach
global business with the role of futurist in analyzing each business case studied weekly
where to expand/retract, how to stay true to corporate values, while evolving for new realities,
and what global lessons can make the corporation a stronger innovator. Looking at globalizing
business development and execution from a multi-dimensional perspective, this course will
address the analyses and resulting decisions undertaken to capitalize on opportunities. The
source of these international opportunities will be revealed to be an optimization of relationships,
people, strategy, structure, technologies, governance, and financing, operating with common
Corporate Centre objectives to lead in a competitive world today and tomorrow.
Prerequisite: MGT492H1, RSM392H1
Required Readings and Materials
Global Business, Second Edition. 2011. Michael W. Peng. South-Western Cengage Learning.
ISBN-13: 9781439042243; ISBN-10: 1439042241
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Each week, a PowerPoint presentation will be delivered to students covering the material
required and testable on the quizzes and non-case portion of the final exam. Following the
presentation, class will discuss their pre-prepared solutions to a variety of business cases.
Cases include eight from the text and four to be separately purchased from Ivey (see class
schedule and order instructions below). Global business models will be discussed as part of
these materials. Case learning points will be summarized weekly, as key take-aways from the
class discussion. Other materials the instructor wishes to hand-out will be distributed on an as-
Evaluation and Grades
Grades are a measure of the performance of a student in individual courses. Each student shall
be judged on the basis of how well he or she has command of the course materials.
Quizzes (x2) 10% Oct 19 & Nov 16, 2012 (20 minutes at start of class)
Class Participation 15% Daily
Case Assignment 15% To be selected from Course Timetable
Group Industry Assignment 30% November 30 , 2012
Final Exam 30% Final exam period Dec 10-21
Please submit all work in .pdf, .doc and/or .ppt to save trees and facilitate use of TTS by
Participation: To maximize your participation grades and overall learning students should
attend all classes to maximize opportunities to speak to their colleagues and concentrate on
providing class comments which:
Move the analysis along and/or take it to a higher level
Provide insight that others may not have seen
Are relevant to the class discussion
Leverage prior learnings and other references, of your choice, in the context of the case
Add clarity to course PowerPoint slides (required reading) in the context of the case
Challenge colleagues in a professional and logical manner
Drawn similarities to previous learnings and demonstrates their relation to the current
case scenario being discussed
Grade review: The instructor does not discuss grades without a substantive reason.
Substantive reasons include errors made during grading. If you would like me to re-evaluate
your grade in any component of the course, you should follow this procedure:
(a) Write a memo explaining why you need me to re-evaluate your grade. The memo should
contain substantive arguments only, and not humanitarian (e.g., I really need an A, I
worked so hard), or social justice (e.g. he got an A for saying the same thing) appeals.
If you do feel that a social justice appeal is justified, you should get the cooperation of the
person who you are comparing with, and have them also submit their paper. You may
submit this memo to the commerce office.
Page 2 of 15 (b) You will normally get a response from me within a week.
(c)The entire exam or paper will be re evaluated, and you should be aware that any grade
changes are possible (i.e. decrease, increase or none). The only exception to the entire
paper gets re evaluated policy is a case where there is a mathematical error in
determining a grade.
The instructor is responsible for your grade in RSM490 but not responsible for any administrative
decisions that may make use of your grade in RSM490. If you believe that your grade requires
review, please follow the procedure above.
The final exam will consist of 5-10 short answer/multiple choice-type questions and one case,
which test your knowledge of the material that is discussed in class sessions and found in the
PowerPoints, readings, and case learnings. The final exam date will not be known until the final
exam schedule is released by the Faculty of Arts and Science. Do not book any travel before
Dec 22, 2012.
Requirements and Criteria
Performance in the course will be evaluated using a variety of methods that support the
objectives identified above. A combination of exams, individual participation, group
presentation, and case summary assignments will be used to evaluate participants on a number
of different levels.
The criteria for success, in no particular order, are:
Comprehension of the material
Demonstration of an ability to think cross-functionally
A willingness to participate for the benefit of oneself and fellow participants
Strong work ethic to pull your weight in group assignments
These criteria will be applied to written and verbal work throughout the term.
Participants will be evaluated on the following activities, as listed in the table below:
Activity Percentage Description
Final Exam 30% This exam will be 3-hours in length and contain two parts, as shown
below. Aides allowed: A single, double sided cheat-sheet allowed
during the exam:
1. An open-book, medium-length comprehensive case testing all
course material and application of summary lessons captured at the
end of each session
2. Several (8-10) short answer / multiple choice questions testing
material from the weekly PowerPoint presentations
Participation 15% Preparation for class case discussion, as demonstrated by;
willingness to lead and actively participate class discussions in a
providing valuable insights and analysis
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