BUSI The Environment of International Business Winter Class Outline
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BUSI 3704 The Environment of International Business: Winter 2004 Class Outline: January 6/04 - Outline of class structure; topics for discussion; areas of individual interest; distribution of readings; brief introduction to political Risk Analysis and why it is incorporated in the content of 3704 January 13/04: Emerging Market Entry Strategies: Why is Political Risk Analysis Important? Is it reasonable to expect that somehow business and politics can be separate entities with no penetration of the delicate partition that has historically (or at least conceptually) divided them? How is risk analysis used a part of a market entry strategy? Risk Differentiation by Sector (Oil&Gas; Mining; telecoms) January 20/04: Introduction to Political Risk Assessment Methodologies in the context of conducting international business: Group presentations and Discussions Political Risk Assessment at EDC: Guest Speaker: Second half January27/04: Doing Business in Emerging Markets and the rise of the Corporate Social Responsibility Phenomenon: Emphasis on Human Rights, environment and corruption Guest Speaker: Second half - Feb 3/04: Corporate Social Responsibility - Group Simulation (case Study) exercises and discussion Feb 10/04: Globalization and the Role of Political leaderships in determining trade and investment policy; Has the progress of Globalization made the nation-state redundant in the determination of trade and investment policy-making. Who decides regulatory policy? Second Half: Globalization - the good, the bad and the ugly: Four versions of globalization Feb 17/04: Winter Break Feb 24/04 Mid-Term Exam: March 2/04 - Forest from the Trees - a non-scripted discussion of how an international business transaction comes together. Guest speaker - uses only chalk board to diagram the process. Presentation has been used and praised at all major business schools across Canada. March 9/04: The role of Export Credit Agencies in the Promotion of International Trade and Investment: Lecture and Guest Speaker - March 16/04: New Financing Arrangements in the international business environment: project Financing as a relatively new and major factor in the provision of medium and long-term finance for new capital developments; the advantages and disadvantages and the players involved. March 23/04: A discussion of today's changing international business environment (drawing on all of the above) and a discussion of new challenges facing MNEs in emerging markets, especially Canadian firms March 30: Risk Mitigation Strategies - lecture and guest speaker on Political Risk Insurance. End of classes for the term April 6/04: Review of course - Exam Preparation.