Over the past several decades, China has re-emerged as a global economic powerhouse. This course explores the interconnectedness of global markets and the impacts of globalization on society, the environment, and political systems. Through seminars, guest speakers, and field case studies, students learn to analyze the effects of culture and politics on global business management; develop an understanding of how the forces of globalization are both shaped by and have an impact upon stakeholders at different levels of the global economy, and explore critical issues in global corporate ethics.
This program is designed to uniquely blend traditional course study with field experiences to move the study to practice. Coordinated by our in-country teams, the fieldwork sees students visit a broad range of business actors in Shanghai and Beijing. Field activities will vary according to the location, with an emphasis placed on cross-cultural exploration, hands-on exposure to the realities of business practices, and relationship-building. Business practitioners, analysts, and scholars share their expertise with students on a daily basis. Examples of fieldwork include visits to the Port of Shanghai, a cell phone manufacturing plant, Shanghai Stock Exchange, and guest speakers from China’s banking and finance sector.