STRATEGY 837_301 - International Strategy

Course Description

This is an advanced strategy course. The course is organized around several themes: It examines (i) the strategic challenge of globalizing innovation; (ii) Explores the question of how global are companies today? (iii) Reviews rise of MNCs following WWII; (iv) Examines the globalization strategies of MNCs emerging from newly industrialized countries; (v) Explores essential strategic and organizational challenges encountered by international managers (e.g. building competitive advantage in international markets, balancing benefits of global integration against the need to respond to local differences, managing joint ventures and strategic alliances including the growing trend of sourcing innovation offshore). The course also examines how international differences in social and legal conditions affect strategic choices, and what it takes to be a global manager. In order to capture the pragmatic, practice specific action-oriented nature of international management and to appreciate the evolving complexity of managing globally dispersed business units and groups, the course utilizes case discussions supplemented with readings, lectures, and conceptual discussions. The objective is for each student to develop a personal synthesis and approaches for identifying and solving the key problems when managing or participating in international engagements.

New and expanded materials for Spring 2013 include:

  1. In depth exploration of the smartphone industry with a focus on strategic challenges and opportunities facing such companies as Nokia, Huawei, HTC, Samsung etc.
  2. Lenovo and Acer from founding to the present day
  3. Globalization of Tesco and Wal-Mart
  4. Globalization of Innovation (Diaspora of Talent and rise of on-line STEM communities of talent)
  5. Eli Lilly in India
  6. Alza and Ciba – Geigy (JV to develop advanced drug delivery systems).
  7. BP in Russia

The course does not have an assigned text. Cases and readings will be provided in a course pack or will be made available on the course web site.

All case analyses will undertaken by self organized cross cultural cross gender teams.