International Business

(Management and Global Business Dept., Rutgers Business School)


26:553:501 Cross-border Management: Institutions, Firms, and Industry Value Chains
Fall 2007 and every second fall thereafter.
This course explores challenges facing modern corporations in organizing cross-border activity that spans multiple stages of the value chain. The course contains several modules, including (but not limited to): Institutional theory and comparative management; theories of firm boundaries; management of inter-firm supply networks across national borders; markets for technology and the changing division of innovative labor in industry value chains. The course draws heavily on current literature in management, economics, and organization theory. Emphasis is placed on empirical research. Students are expected to critique papers, synthesize and present material to the class, and write a term paper.

26:553:601 Theory of International Business
Fall 2006 and every second fall thereafter.
This course provides a critical overview of the major theoretical approaches in the international business literature. These strands of analysis can be grouped under the five headings of the market power, internalization, eclectic paradigm, competitive international industry and macroeconomic approaches. We examine both the differences and the scope for complementarities between these alternative means of thinking about international business. Drawing upon this analytical background, the course then reviews the key areas of recent research focus. These crucial new research issues include the role of location in international business, the strategy and organization of multinational corporations, subsidiary level development, cross-border alliances and international mergers and acquisitions. The course concludes with an assessment of the role of methodological design and prospective new directions in international business research

26:553:602 History of International Business
Fall 2007 and every second fall thereafter.
This course examines the history of international business, with a particular focus upon the context and determinants of the growth over the last 150 years of the largest multinational corporations (MNCs).

26:553:604 Corporate Innovation & International Business
Spring 2006 and every second spring thereafter.
This course shows how the multinational firm depends critically on its technological and related skills to achieve its central strategic objectives. Introductory classes consider the determinants and characteristics of corporate technological change, and the linkages between science and technology, and the consequences of their geographical localization for international business. Then we assess the contention that corporate strategy should include a strategy for managing innovation, the purpose of which is deliberately to accumulate and exploit firm-specific knowledge. The course examines the implications of technological change as a learning process, for inter-company technology-based alliances, for international technology transfer, and for capturing the returns to innovation in the multinational firm. The innovative records of large and small firms are compared. The use of corporate patent statistics is appraised as a means of measuring patterns of innovation at the firm level. The course concludes with a discussion of systems of innovation, and of technology policies.

26:553:605 National Innovation Policies and International Business
Spring 2007 and every second spring thereafter.
Examines the role of technology in economic development and national innovation systems as they evolve in the globalizing economy.

26:553:607 Global Political Economy
Spring 2006 and Fall 2006, and every second spring and fall thereafter. This course does not satisfy major requirements in International Business, or minor requirements in Organization Management.
This course offers a global perspective on long term change in the world economy, and the interaction between countries, regulatory systems and business firms. Attention is especially focused on the dynamics of international trade and investment, including the relationship between trade and economic growth, trade imbalances and protectionism, and the impact of technological innovation on international competitiveness. The role of economic and political institutions is also a central feature of our discussion, including the international trading and financial systems, national systems of innovation and political economy, and the interaction between multinational companies and both the state and multilateral institutions. The course also looks at the possibility of long waves in the world economy, and examines a variety of alternative perspectives on the origins and processes of globalization.

26:553:685 Special Topics Research in International Business

26:553:686 First Early Research Seminar in International Business

26:553:687 Second Early Research Seminar in International Business

26:553:688 Independent Study in International Business

26:553:799 Dissertation Research in International Business


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