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Teaching Method

Students are given detailed learning objectives for each chapter in the text. These objectives are explained and followed by exercises performed in small groups. Feedback is given on the various groups’ solutions to the exercises. Difficult concepts are explained and illustrated online via streaming video clips and animated tutorials. Spreadsheet models are used as both templates and Excel tutorials. Additional practice problems, and PowerPoint slides are provided to accompany the text. An up-to-date financial data base from Fortune 500 companies is provided by Thomson Analytics, Thompson Financials Investment Banking Group. Students working in teams access and apply the most reliable information on financials, earnings estimates, market data, and source documents to classroom exercises and to a case study. For the case study students analyse the most recent financial statements and a proposed capital budgeting decision of a Fortune 500 company. 
The course features lectures, class discussion, group work, practice exams, teamwork, case study, software application, Excel spreadsheet models, PowerPoint notes, online interactive tutorials, professional database and e-lectures.


Course Material

Brigham, E. F., Houston, J. F., Fundamentals of Financial Management, 10th edition,  Thomson Publishing (2004)
Tayan, B., “Costco Wholesale Corporation Financial Statement Analysis”, Stanford Graduate School of Business, (2003)
Bauersachs, Jack, “Costco Update” (2005)
Thomson Analytics online data base from Thomson Financial’s Investment Banking Group
CD ROM with E-lectures and online quizzes to accompany textbook



Two examinations covering the stated learning objectives plus a written analysis of  the assigned case study.



Seminar in International Management


Course description and goals (final competencies)

This course explores how to determine where an international organization needs to focus its development efforts, how to develop and deliver an effective training program, and how to evaluate the impact of development programs on organizational effectiveness. It exposes students to change strategies in an international context, overseas market assessment and analysis, export-import procedures, and entry and exit strategies for international operations.
Students develop the skills required of international managers such as leadership, negotiation, conducting performance appraisals, delegation, effective communication, conflict resolution and managing employees in multicultural enterprises. Related objectives include developing self-awareness of strengths and weaknesses as a manager, gaining familiarity with theory-based skills, and developing proficiency in the use of these skills.


Table of contents

Students are expected to understand:
1. The Management Challenge: what critical skills are required for the global work place.
2. The Organizational Context: observing and understanding the big picture.
Students will learn how to:
1. Understand and Value Differences
2. Solving Problems.
3. Communicate Effectively.
4. Motivate Effectively.
5. Lead  Effectively
Students will assess and compare:
1. Organizational Culture
2.  Empowerment
3. Ethics
Students will derive techniques for:
1. Fostering Personal Growth.
2. Managing Politics, Conflict, and Change.
3. Attracting, Selecting, and Developing Employees.
4. Managing Teams.
Students will understand the role of:
Continuing Education: how a manager can maintain and enhance her skills portfolio on an on-going basis.

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