Areas of Concentration: Global Management


Hideki Yamawaki, Associate Professor of Management

  "We designed the global management concentration for students seeking a career in multinational corporations, international consulting or any other organization that operates across geographic and cultural boundaries. It brings together aspects of international economics, strategy and leadership, and provides a strong platform for a general management career in an international setting."

Prof. Hideki Yamawaki

Faculty Advisors
Hideki Yamawaki
Jay Prag

This concentration can help prepare you for the challenges of managing in a global economy. You will learn to examine organizations, markets and institutions from a multi-national perspective so that you’ll understand how culture, economics, geography and politics impact a manager’s role in markets that cross national boundaries. A global management concentration is an excellent choice if you are interested in a career with a large, multi-national corporation, or if the industry in which you would like to work is one that faces strong international competition.


MGT 301 Doing Business in Asia The course will explore these fundamental changes with a focus on China and Asia-Pacific, and the implications for multinational organizations regarding suitable business models, global footprints, off-shoring and outsourcing strategies, emerging new markets and new competitors in China, Asia-Pacific. The course takes place over 12 days at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

MGT 307 Game Theory  Decision-making is literally an art and a science. The formal, analytical tools (from economics and mathematics) that largely fall under the heading of game theory allow us to take a rational approach to the decisions that have discrete choices and clear paths. Strategy, brinksmanship, coercion and cooperation are some of the ways of describing the human elements of decision-making. This class will combine many real-world examples of game theory and strategic decision-making with in-class, participatory renditions of games, decisions and interpersonal strategies.

MGT 330 Sustainable Business  This course has been designed to provide you with a solid understanding of the importance and scope of the social and environmental impacts of business activity; of the principles and practices that comprise sustainable business; of the forces at work that influence the pace, scope, and direction of sustainability efforts within societies, polities, and businesses; and of the effects of the issue of sustainability on competition, business innovation, and the concept of business enterprise itself.

MGT 337 Global Strategy This course focuses on the challenges of developing and implementing corporate strategies in a global setting. It is structured to provide students with a conceptual and practical understanding of the strategic and organizational challenges of multinational corporate management.

MGT 343 Drucker on Management & Society Using materials prepared by Professor Drucker, we will survey and apply his seminal insights into a number of key themes pertaining to the: (1) development of oneself, (2) practice of management, and (3) ingredients of a functioning society. These topics reflect a representative sample of the totality of Professor Drucker's work. Each of these topics has current and future application to your life, and role in society.
* Students who have previously taken MGT 343 or MGT 344 should not enroll due to content overlap

MGT 356 Asian Markets  The objective of this course is to develop the ability to formulate effective strategy to operate in the key markets in Asia. It is becoming increasingly important for U.S. firms to understand the changing economic and business environments in Asian markets in order to remain competitive in the global market. In particular, the emerging importance of China and India is quickly changing the scope and structure of global competition in the past several years. This course examines the economic and structural environments, including institutional settings, regulations, and business practices, which foreign companies face when they compete in the Asian markets such as China, India, Japan, and Singapore. The focuses of the course are the elements that make entry into the Asian markets successful and viable, and the elements that make entry unsuccessful and vulnerable.

MGT 369 Labor & Personnel Economics for Managers  This course is designed to provide familiarity with the economic foundations of labor markets and human resource management. Major decisions that involve the firm’s workforce are usually determined by cooperation between general managers and human resource specialists. Thus, it is important for the general manager to understand labor markets and the strategic aspects of personnel management. The course begins with an exposition of general labor market behavior from the perspective of both individuals and firms. Subsequently, critical managerial decisions associated with employee recruitment, training, incentives, and compensation are covered. In addition, the course exposes students to empirical techniques most commonly used in applied areas of labor economics, personnel management, and labor market policy.
Prerequisites : MGT 306 Quantitative Methods & MGT 383 Economics of Strategy

MGT 375 Global Supply Chain Management: Is the World Flat?  The Supply Chain Management class has been developed after incorporating learning from several executive workshops in the industry to benefit a wide range of positions and responsibilities. For professionals with specific functional experience, this course provides insight into the other aspects of the supply chain. For people who are new to the field—at either managerial or operational levels—the scope and perspective of these concepts are indispensable. Whether you are new to the supply chain or not, you will walk away with valuable information that will benefit you and your career.
Prerequisites: MGT 360 Applied Operational Methods

MGT 376 Global Economy  This course is designed to provide a framework for understanding and managing the impact of changing international economic environments and international competition.

MGT 383 Economics Of Strategy  This class uses the business-related tenets of economics (old and new) to generate a modern, consistent, formal framework for strategic decision-making. Using economic intuition we will be able to address issues ranging from outsourcing to new product lines. We will be able to explain why some firms actively compete through price changes while others, in apparently similar competitive industries, do not. Economic theories seem very abstract to many students because these theories usually assume many unrealistic things about people and society. Students must be mindful of the fact that these assumptions are what allow economists to answer many otherwise intractable questions. The results that we attain usually hold even without these simplifying assumptions. This class will show how some of these economic models can provide a powerful, formal framework for answering managerial questions ranging from dealing with competition to setting proper incentives for managers.

MGT 401 Global Strategy & Trade  This course is held at Oxford University as a 12-day intensive program on the multi-dimensional aspects of globalization and corporate global strategy. The focus of the course will be on formulating and implementing global strategies in the context of evolving social, legal, political and trade environments, in the dramatically changing global marketplace.

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