Take your MBA to the next level
Gain a concentration in international business by earning your Thunderbird Master of Global Management post-MBA degree. As a post-MBA candidate, you'll take courses that will provide you with an international skill set and mindset to compete as a global business leader in today's international economy. Thunderbird’s post-MBA Master of Global Management program builds on the foundation of your MBA degree with an emphasis on: global business analysis, global leadership skills, cross-cultural understanding, and analytical and assessment tools.
Depending on your TOEFL, IELTS or PTE score (if applicable), you may be required to take “Business English Communications” course(s) prior to beginning the program.
Sample course descriptions
Note: Not all courses shown here are taught at all times. This listing represents a sample of the courses available at Thunderbird, but is not meant to be all-inclusive. Please speak with an admissions representative to discuss the specific classes being offered in the next term.
Course Number: GF-4670Credit Hours: 3.00
This course will focus on business opportunities and operational challenges facing organizations doing business in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Of particular concern will be the sustainability of the growth and progress seen in Dubai over the last 20 years and the problems associated with managing a very diverse set of employees. Program content will focus on applied knowledge that will add to the student?s ability to manage organizations in a region which ahs experienced dynamic growth as well as the impact of the current financial crisis.
Course Number: GF-4510Credit Hours: 1.50
The effective management of channel relationships
is essential to the marketing manager's ability to create value for customers though the efficient delivery of goods
and services. This course provides the knowledge and skills required to manage channel relationships effectively. Specifically, the course facilitates an understanding of: (1)
alternative channel structures; (2) roles played by channel members in strategy and logistics; (3) effective methods for
negotiating with channel members, and (4)technologies that enable the channel system.
Course Number: GF-4647Credit Hours: 3.00
This course provides students the opportunity to visit companies and meet executives to learn firsthand about doing business in South America. Meetings with government officials, as well as visits to important cultural centers and participation in cultural activities will further enhance students? understanding of the South American business environment.
Course Number: CH-4100Credit Hours: 3.00
This course emphasizes the use of the target language in context, especially the lexicon of business. Readings from newspapers, journals, and books (although to a restricted degree in non-Latin alphabet languages) familiarize future international managers with issues in the areas of the world where the target language is spoken. Activities include small group discussions, oral and written projects, and grammar review.
Course Number: CH-4026Credit Hours: 3.00
In Fundamentals II major emphasis continues to be on the development of speaking and listening proficiency, but increased attention is also given to reading and writing. Authentic materials in the target language reflect situations relevant to the international manager, except for non-Latin
based languages or Asian languages.
Course Number: CH-4015Credit Hours: 3.00
This is an introductory course for beginning language learners. No prior knowledge is required. Students study language fundamentals such as pronunciations, vocabulary and grammar. The emphases are: a) establishing a solid foundation in pronunciations; b) building up vocabulary and sentence patterns in communicative contexts; c) introducing writing systems and preparing students to read characters. In addition, cultural and social information that go along with language use are also included in the teaching.
Course Number: CH-4020Credit Hours: 3.00
This course is a continuation of Fundamentals I. It aims to help students further develop communicative skills in listening and speaking, with an additional emphasis on reading texts. The emphases of this course are: a) building up more vocabulary and grammatical structures for communications purposes, b) integrating the linguistic and cultural knowledge acquired in Fundamentals I with the new knowledge, c) introducing business content and terminology in instructions and activities.
Course Number: GM-4464Credit Hours: 1.50
This course explores the mix of organizational practices and people that can be the basis of sustainable competitive advantage in the contemporary global business environment. Topics covered include cross-cultural issues in managing people; traditional and emerging models of organizations; organizational culture; leadership; employee skills and motivation; reward systems; and change management.
Course Number: GM-4468Credit Hours: 1.50
This course explores the strategic management of the global firm. Readings, cases, group projects and discussions are used to present the analytical tools and techniques that support strategy formulation, and the related managerial skills and decision processes that foster strategy implementation in the global business environment.
Course Number: GF-5804Credit Hours: 1.50
Economic development and social change can
offer tremendous business opportunities for global managers.
At the same time, the development process can lead to social,
cultural, economic, and political conflicts. This course
explores the roots of such conflicts, and methods of conflict
management such as negotiations and multicultural communications.
Course Number: GF-5452Credit Hours: 3.00
This course will take participants to Lima and Arequipa, Peru where they will work with graduates of the SWEP Business Certificate program that are currently expanding their small to medium-sized businesses. In Lima, student will receive orientation training, visit a variety of small businesses and meet with professionals involved in the women entrepreneurship in Peru. They will also interface with Thunderbird Alumni and take part in cultural experience which highlight Peru?s current business environment as it related to small and mediums sized businesses.
Course Number: GF-5884Credit Hours: 1.50
As business enters the 21st century, a shift in thinking about business? role in society is underway. Society?s demands for social and environmental responsibility are growing dramatically and few managers have the requisite skills to respond effectively. This course is designed to give future business leaders the knowledge and tools needed to develop a CSR strategy that creates value, not only for society and the environment, but also competitive and financial value for the company.
Course Number: GF-4110Credit Hours: 1.50
This course provides an in-depth analysis of corporate
financial reporting as a vehicle for communicating
information to the firm's stakeholders. Topics covered include revenue and expense recognition, quality of earnings issues, the analysis of cash flows, foreign currency ranslation, the valuation of debt instruments, derivatives and executive stock compensation.
Course Number: GF-5820Credit Hours: 3.00
Corporate Partners consists of classroom meetings and hands-on business projects conducted by Thunderbird students for U.S. and International entities. The course will focus on a specific industry and/or region depending on the location and project available. The projects require close interaction among students and their assigned business entities covering topics across the spectrum of business operations to include but not limited to strategy, marketing, import/export, operations, supply chain, and finance.
Course Number: GF-4402Credit Hours: 1.50
This course focuses on issues that define the scope of the firm and its competitive environment. Organization scope is impacted by a variety of factors such as ownership structure, country context, and firm-specific resource endowments. Consequently, this course will explore these influences within a multi-disciplinary perspective, drawing on research and practice from areas such as finance, industrial organization economics, organization behavior and organization theory.
Course Number: GF-5703Credit Hours: 1.50
Global managers must be concerned with the
risks to their businesses posed by political, social, and financial
forces at work internationally and in specific regions and
countries. This course is centered around state-of-the-art
assessment models used by businesses and foreign investors.
Issues include methods of measuring and forecasting risk;
and methods of mitigating risk such as political risk insurance.
Course Number: GM-4800Credit Hours: 1.50
This dynamic and interactive course provides managers with an effective framework for achieving their goals in competitive global business settings. The course will assist students to prepare for and execute time-tested strategies for achieving communication competence with persons from different cultures. It will not only examine theories of culture and communication, but will also place students in an experiential situation to gain valuable skills for overcoming obstacles in global management environments.
Course Number: GF-4506Credit Hours: 1.50
This course focuses on consumer behavior from a
cross-cultural perspective. Topics include the cognitive processes underlying consumer choice (needs, perceptions and attitudes);
descriptive consumer characteristics (demographics, psychographics,
VALS); and environmental influences on behavior
(culture, family, situation). Emphasis is placed on the implications
of consumer behavior for global marketing strategy. Class assignments emphasize the application of these concepts to real marketing problems.
Course Number: GF-4523Credit Hours: 1.50
The increasing availability of detailed customer
information makes it possible for marketers to add value and instill loyalty by personalizing offerings to individual customers. This course focuses on using computerized techniques to
acquire new customers, enhance the profitability of existing customers, and retain profitable customers.
Course Number: GM-4300Credit Hours: 3.00
This course concentrates on a number of commonly applied quantitative tools in everyday business which can be used to improve the quality of managerial decisions. Topics covered include descriptive statistics, basic probability, confidence interval, simulation, sampling, hypothesis testing, regression analysis and linear programming. Different managerial applications of these probabilistic as well as deterministic techniques in a variety of business areas will be demonstrated.