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Unformatted text preview: Management 476 International Management Fall 2007 Tuesday and Thursday: 3:00 4:20 N022 BCC August 27, 2007 Professor Linn Van Dyne vandyne@msu.edu N424 BCC 432-3512 Office Hours:Tuesday 2:00 - 3:00 and by appointment Course web page: http://angel.msu.edu Course Objectives: To enhance your conceptual understanding of international management and organizational behavior and to enhance your personal cross-cultural management skills. To help you become a more effective manager in the global workplace. Today, most employees work in organizations with international aspects to their business. This involves working with employees, suppliers, and customers who have different cultural backgrounds or are from different parts of the world. In this course, we focus on cultural values and people management practices in different parts of the world. Topics include national culture, leadership, decision making, groups, communication, structure, and personal career implications. Class assignments include readings, cases, exercises, and a group presentation. Much of the learning that occurs in this course is based on collaborative work and active involvement. Class discussions, analysis, critical thinking, and project work are key aspects of the course that allow us to learn from each other. This means reading and thinking critically about assignments BEFORE class. It also means actively joining in class and project group interactions and adding value by sharing your perspective. Each week we will focus on a specific international organizational behavior topic. In addition, for six weeks, we will focus on particular cultures. A second key aspect of the class involves group work. Working in small groups, you will analyze management practices in two companies from two different cultures. You will summarize your findings in a two page handout and present your analysis to the class. This is your chance to focus on two specific cultures and share your insights with the rest of us so that we can learn from you. This course should have direct practical application to you and your career because assignments and activities are designed to enhance your managerial ability to work successfully with people who have different cultural backgrounds. 1 Management 476 International Management Fall 2007 Required Materials: Essentials of International Management: A Cross-Cultural Perspective . D.C. Thomas, Sage, 2003. Management Worldwide . D. J. Hickson & D. S. Pugh, Penguin, 2001. Expectations : Read assignments, attend class, arrive on time, and participate actively in class. Students who have not read assignments and are not prepared for class may be asked to step out of the room during discussions. Please turn cell phones off during class and do not connect your computer to the internet. I will put slides on the web before class and I recommend that you take notes on the slides during class....
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