MA Global Affairs and Management

  • This course covers the critical legal issues every entrepreneur and manager need to know in conducting global business. The topics include organizational structure, financial issues at startup and expansion, domestic and international tax issues, intellectual property issues, employment law issues, and transactional law issues. Each session will be covered by a lawyer expert in the topic area under the direction of a Thunderbird faculty member.

  • The innovative entrepreneurial spirit, long considered a building block of the DNA for a productive economic system is also an elusive, but highly-desired element in most large, complex organizations. In seeking sustainable competitive advantage, companies know they must foster innovation, flexibility, creativity and speed within their organizations?the same strategies also likely being crafted in a garage or dorm room by some entrepreneur and future competitor.

  • Most real estate courses take the perspective of the developer. This course assumes the perspective of the investor, whether owner, lender, or institutional or individual investor.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • This course focuses on project planning, monitoring
    and control for the management of complex projects in a global context. Use of project management software will be integrated throughout the course. Discussions will include cases and experiences from past projects.

  • This course covers concepts and skills essential to managing work relationships in organizations of increasing cross-cultural complexity. Relationships examined include those with your direct reports, your boss, and your peers. Concepts and skills associated with self-management, interpersonal, one-on-one management and group/team management are covered and practiced. The course will use discussion, self-reflection, experiential exercises and lecture to help build hands-on self-awareness and relationship management competencies.

  • 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.

  • This course will take participants to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangdong and Hong Kong, where the program will explore how to do business in one of the world?s most dynamic economies. Program content will focus on applied knowledge that will help prepare students to lead and manage effectively in the complex Chinese market. Learning will be primarily through site visits, a group exercise, and integrative lecture/discussions.

  • 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.

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