This course examines the global environment in which firms operate and how that environment affects the strategies and choices the companies make. We will examine how businesses are managed across different countries, considering factors both external and internal to the company. For example, while considering international expansion, a firm needs to take into account exchange rates, international taxation, free trade agreements, market conditions, culture, language, politics and many other factors which will affect its operations, but over which it has little control. In the context of these external factors, a firm must then make internal decisions to devise a strategy effective for operations in the global environment. Does the firm choose to export its products or invest in production facilities in a new country? Should the company buy production facilities or businesses already present or build its own? What about a joint venture with a local entrepreneur? How do local culture and language influence domestic and international operations of the firm?
This course will investigate these and other questions as part of an exploration into how international corporate strategy is shaped and what are the economic factors that influence it. More broadly, the course will offer insights into major topics as well as emerging themes in international business.
By the end of this course you will:
be able to analyze the external environment of an organization operating in diversified cultural and political settings; to identify threats and opportunities, and to assess strategic risk and potential profits resulting from international operations
have a better knowledge of the key concepts related to international business and management of a large multinational company
know the basic facts about the world economy and major players shaping the global business environment
have further developed critical thinking skills that help you understand multiple views on global issues
Online learning is when course delivery, and all associated learning activities, take place via the internet. For online learning tips, system requirements and differences between delivery styles, please visit our online learning webpages.
Using mobile devices in online courses
If you are planning on accessing your online courses using a mobile device such as a tablet or a smartphone, please note that not all required course features will be accessible with these devices. To fully function in your online courses, you will need to have access to a computer running Windows or MacOS.
A full course refund will only be provided if you withdraw from the course prior to the course start date. A refund—less an administrative fee—will be issued if you withdraw within six calendar days after the official course start date for online and part-time courses. Depending on your method of payment, a refund will be either mailed to you or credited to your credit card. A request to withdraw from a course must be submitted in writing to the Business and Management Programs office.
Credit vs non-credit
Credit refers to degree credit. If you are taking a course or program for credit through UVic Continuing Studies, it means that course or program provides credit towards a degree at UVic or another authorized university. Credit students have to meet certain criteria, such as being accepted to both UVic Continuing Studies and the University of Victoria.