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.
FT MBA Accelerated
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.
This course examines development prospects and
policy in less developed and transition economies. Issues
include trade, investment, foreign aid, international debt, technology transfer, poverty, environment, social development,and sustainable development. The roles of international and regional organizations, government policy, and domestic and foreign corporations are explored.
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.
The course will provide an assessment of current trends and foci in U.S. foreign economic policy, with a special focus on the recent global economic downturn and the impact of war on U.S. foreign policy. Washington policy makers, international business executives, think tank scholars, media representatives, and academicians will provide a series of presentations on important elements of international business processes and environments and how they interrelate with U.S. foreign policy.
This course examines the role that business intelligence?
the systematic collection, synthesis, and analysis of
information on the external operating environment?should
play in strengthening corporate strategies and decision-making. Through lectures and client-sponsored competitive
assessment projects, the course has two goals: to help students understand this management tool and to train them to be able to utilize it for competitive advantage. This course also
addresses the related issues of corporate/industrial espionage and information security.
All entering students begin their degree program with this mandatory, one-week course. Foundations Week introduces tools and insights necessary for success and career effectiveness on a global scale. The course presents key aspects of leadership, team building, motivation, ethics, and cross-cultural communication. It also offers self-assessment tools and opportunities to explore career management and job search strategies. Presentation and computer skills are also a part of Foundations Week.
All entering students begin their degree program with this mandatory, one-week course. Foundations Week introduces tools and insights necessary for success and career effectiveness on a global scale. The course presents key aspects of leadership, team building, motivation, ethics, and cross-cultural communication. It also offers self-assessment tools and opportunities to explore career management and job search strategies. The program?s action-learning approach includes case discussions, exercises, simulations, group discussions, presentations, lectures and videos.
The third module of Finance examines corporate finance issues from managerial and strategic perspectives, and extends the concepts covered in the previous two modules to cross-border settings. Topics addressed include: financial and real options; risk management; corporate valuation (domestic cross-border).
The second module of Finance picks up where the Fundamentals course leaves off. Topics addressed include: Portfolio theory and the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM); Weighted Average Cost of Capital; capital structure theories (including agency/signaling theories and dividend policy); financial market efficiency and its implications.