International Business Environment and Global Strategy

Course Information

Course Length : 3 Weeks
Estimated Effort : 5-6 hours per week

Course Overview

This IIMBx course focuses on the role of social, political, economic, and institutional environments of a country in moulding and defining the country’s objectives, strategy, programs, and policies for achieving objectives, and in influencing the growth of companies. All of these factors affect the business environment in the country and present opportunities and risks for companies and their strategy.

The course is applied, rather than theoretical, in nature; and participants of this course will learn by looking at examples of countries and existing companies. We will focus on selected aspects of a range of countries: Japan, South Korea, the former Soviet Union, Singapore, Chile, Turkey, India, and South Africa. We will look at Japan in some depth, devoting the entire first week to it while getting shorter glimpses of the other countries.

The course will review aspects of global institutions, such as the World Trade Organization (WTO), which set global rules that profoundly affect business strategy and human welfare. It will also explore opportunities and challenges at the bottom of the pyramid, the last frontier for value creation by companies and NGOs.

Course Syllabus: Incorrect syllabus. (The content is the same as that of Innovation and Information Technology Management). Kindly verify the content for both the courses.

Professor Sushil Vachani

Course Instructor
Former Director
Strategy and Innovation
Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB)
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Course Syllabus

Week 1: Introduction to People Management

Difference between People Management and Human Resource Management; impact of individual and organizational factors on people management.

Week 2: Getting Work Done Through Others

Challenges of getting work done; significance of prioritization and assigning work to team members.

    Week 3: Assessment and Evaluation

    Concept of performance management and role of a manager in the different stages of the performance management process.

    Week 4: Building Peer Networks

    Understanding the importance of peer networks in an organization; being able to influence those on whom you have no authority.

      Week 5: Essentials of Communication

      Concept of the communication process with reflection on various barriers to effective communication and ways to overcome.

      Week 6: Managing Self

      Reflection on what does it mean to be a people manager; building a personal development plan for oneself.