Global Business Leadership

Department Chair: Rick Saucier

Faculty: Jean Didier, Robert Gazich, John Hasselberg, David Hunger, Wendy Klepetar, Lisa Lindgren, Paul Marsnik, Sanford Moskowitz, Kingshuk Mukherjee, Margrette Newhouse, Deborah Pembleton, Rick Saucier, Steve Schwarz

The global business environment, in which change is a constant, requires a different type of leader.  This new leader must have functional knowledge and analytical skills, yet be adept at leading teams of innovators.  These leaders must have a global mindset that combines an openness to and awareness of diversity across cultures and markets with a propensity and ability to see common patterns across countries and markets.  At the same time in an organization with a global mindset, people view cultural and geographic diversity as opportunities to explore and are prepared to adopt successful practices and good ideas wherever they come from.

The global business leadership curriculum provides an intensive, community based, 16 credit sophomore course experience.  Juniors and seniors will take upper level core classes in global business and as seniors take a capstone advanced global strategy course.  Students will receive the opportunity to develop a global mind-set through study abroad experiences, international internships, and in-depth studies in doing business in a specific region of the world. 


Global Business Leadership is focused on ensuring students expand their global business mindset, business knowledge, professional skills and ethical frameworks. Assessment is embedded throughout the curriculum to measure progression of student knowledge and inform our pedagogy.


Global Business Leadership Required Courses:
From supporting disciplines - to be taken during first year: (12 credits)
ACFN 113; ECON 111 and one mathematics course from the following: MATH 118, 119, 122, or 124.

From global business leadership: (44 credits)

Sophomore Year (Cohorts): GBUS 210, 230, 220, 240.

Junior & Senior Year - Completion of sophomore level courses is required for enrollment in 300 level courses:
GBUS 300
Three courses from: GBUS 311, 321, 341,  or 361
GBUS Elective (4 credits)
Experiential Learning (4 credits): GBUS 397 or 394

Senior Year: GBUS 381(Capstone)

Minor (24 credits)

Required Courses:
ACFN 113; ECON 111; one mathematics course from the following: MATH 118, 119, 122, or 124; GBUS 210, 230, 220, 240, 300.

Courses (GBUS)

210:  The Strategic Environment

Leaders /Managers make decisions and take actions to ensure the long-term success of the organizations for which they work.  Students will study the social, governmental and ethical issues that affect the conduct of business within a global environment.    Students develop analytical and organizational design skills through an understanding of strategic thinking.

Prerequisites: ECON 111; ACFN 113; completion of a math course other than Math Explorations    Co-requisite:  GLBL 230 

220:  People in Organizations 

This class gives students a foundation in organizational behavior concepts, including a study of the impact of diversity in the workforce upon workers' performance.  The class setting will frequently utilize global business settings, cases and examples.  Students will examine multiple ethical perspectives and learn to utilize these perspectives as a context for decision making. 

Prerequisites:  ECON 111; ACFN113; completion of a math course other than Math Explorations Co-requisite: GLBL 240

230:  Decision Making Methods

This course examines the application of qualitative and quantitative research techniques to management decision-making.  Students will define research problems, design a research project, collect primary and secondary data, apply statistical tools, and reach conclusions.  Computer applications will be employed.  Students will use case studies and computer software in the analysis and decision making process related to case studies from the functional areas in organizations. 

Prerequisites:  ECON 111, ACFN 113; completion of a math course other than Math Explorations Co-requisite:  GLBL 210

240:  Tools of Analysis

Managers need to analyze quantitative data to make decisions for the enterprises for which they work.  This course will provide students with the tools necessary to conduct such analyses.  Statistical tools such as multiple regression analysis, factor analysis, and time series analysis will be presented.  Financial data will be presented, and students will develop their comprehension of such data. 

Prerequisites:  ECON 111, ACFN 113; completion of a math course other than Math Explorations

Co-requisite:  GLBL 220


300 Global Enterprise

This course covers the fundamental concepts, issues, and structure of 21st century global business.  It explores the historical, cultural, economic, and political underpinnings of the basic themes of, and critical actors operating within international business today.  The student learns about the nature of and relationships between the major components (or systems) that make up the international business system as a whole.

303 Leadership and Followership

Throughout this course, students will explore, experience, and apply the interrelated elements of leadership and followership, keeping in mind both local and global contexts.   Course content will take a multidisciplinary perspective.  It will include historical and contemporary readings from leading experts and practitioners, study and discussion of relevant leadership "current events," and insights shared by visiting practicing leaders.  Particular attention will be focused on the dynamics of strategic environmental scanning, innovation, creativity and the self-awareness and communication skills necessary to successful leadership and followership in the 21st century.

308 International Organizational Behavior: 2 credits

Global managers must have the ability to integrate people from varied cultural backgrounds in pursuit of organizational goals.  People from diverse cultural backgrounds vary in terms of their organizational behavior.  This course will address topics such as motivation, leadership, and group dynamics in the intercultural workplace.  Students will analyze their own attitudes and abilities in relation to managing people In the global context.

311 Human Resources

This introductory course offers a comprehensive overview of the human resource management function.   Students will gain knowledge in current human resource trends that impact information systems, employee/employer expectations, and global human resource requirements.  This course is specifically designed to provide the student with the foundational skills needed to understand today's HR situations and compliance issues within an organization. Teaching methods include a mix of lectures, case discussions, and interactive exercises.

318 International Human Resource Management: 2 credits

Global enterprises require the ability to integrate talented people from around the planet.  Activities such as planning and forecasting the need for employees, recruitment, selection, compensation, training, and performance management are heavily impacted by the social and legal frameworks in which they take place.  This course provides an understanding of the unique issues pertinent to managing human resources in a global context. 

321 Marketing  

An introduction to the activities, sets of institutions, and processes for creating, communicating, delivering, and exchanging offerings that have value for customers, clients, partners, and society at large.  This course will focus on global implications and strategies resulting from the examination of the marketing environment, marketing practices, and ethical issues in the marketing field.


322 Product and Brand Management

An introduction to the functions, activities, and ethical considerations of brand and product management and marketing. Topics include corporate identity and image, brand image, charismatic brands, product and brand differentiation, the brand management process, and the inception-to-death product management process. Prerequisite:  GLBL 321

323 Consumer Behavior

This course examines the process of consumer decision making in the contxt of the psychological, social, and ethical environments with special regards to motivation, personality, lifestyle, attitudes, and cultural & social influences.  This course emphasizes the use of research and theory in developing marketing strategies Prerequisite:  GLBL 321

332 Topics

This course covers current topics in business.  The topics for the course will be announced each semester.  Course may be repeated for credit when topics vary.  Prerequisite:  announced with course listing.

334 Innovation

"Innovate or die" is now a common phrase used to describe the imperative that businesses must constantly innovate or risk disappearing.  Similarly, it is widely recognized that the future health of the U.S. economy is dependent on innovation.  In order for organizations to be innovative, they need creative and innovative individuals and teams, and they must interact in a larger regional, national, or societal environment of innovation.  This course examines innovation at three levels:  the individual/team, the organization, and the geographic/societal/economic.

337 Doing Business in Asia

This course will focus on South and East Asia. Students will learn about the cultural milieu in a variety of Asian countries, and the impact of that milieu on business practice. We will study the strategic environment of doing business in Asia, learn about major Asian businesses, and immerse ourselves in Asian business practices.

338 Doing Business in Latin America

This course will focus on Latin American.   Students will learn about the cultural milieu in a variety of Latin American countries, and the impact of that milieu on business practice. We will study the strategic environment of doing business in Latin America, learn about major Latin American businesses, and immerse ourselves in Latin American business practices.

339 Doing Business in Europe

This course will focus Europe.  Students will learn about the cultural milieu in a variety of European countries, and the impact of that milieu on business practice. We will study the strategic environment of doing business in Europe, learn about major European businesses, and immerse ourselves in European business practices

341 Operations

The course will provide fundamentals of operation functions both in  manufacturing and service industries. The course focuses on interesting hot button theories and issues like operation strategy,  product design and process selection, total quality control (TQM), just in time (JIT)/lean systems, supply chain, supply chain management and green supply chain, six sigma, forecasting, techniques, layout design, planning, inventory controls and much more. Part of the course will be taught as an applied operations management course examining how theories play out in reality in actual companies in the local region.

361 Law and Business

This course provides an overview of the legal environment of business with attention to the needs of organizational leaders.   The focus will be on the student acquiring a foundational literacy in business law, understanding the role of law in effective management and the development of analytical and critical thinking skills through the study of law. The course will address contracts, sales, the court system, the common law, sources of law, debtor/creditor law, business organizations, and agency law as well as some international law.

362 Negotiation (2 credits)

We negotiate on matters great and small.   The course provides an introduction to the processes, sub-processes and strategies of negotiation, different contexts that effect negotiation and the influences of individual and cultural diversity.

368 International Business Law and Its Environment  (2 credits)

This course provides an introduction to the private and public law affecting international business transactions.  Private law will include international sales, trade finance and letters of credit, distribution agreements, agreements with foreign sales representatives, licensing agreements and other governing law.  Public law will include conventions, treaties, custom and tariff laws and regional trade agreements that create the legal framework in which international business takes place.   Prerequisite GLBL 361

381 Advanced Global Strategy

This course is the Global Business Leadership capstone course.  Theories of strategic planning and implementation in organizations will be the framework for integrating knowledge of the functional areas of management, principles of organizational behavior, and general management theory. Students develop analytical and problem-solving skills through application of theoretical knowledge to case studies involving actual organizations. An understanding of the global economic, social and legal environments is developed through reading and analysis of organizations operating throughout the world.    Prerequisite: Eighth semester Senior GLBL major and GLBL 301.

382   Sustainable Business

Environmental issues are a fundamental component of the for-profit and non-profit enterprise landscape.   A large number of organizations now measure and compare success by implementing robust environmental stewardship, engaging stakeholders in sustainability initiatives and by making these efforts both measurable and visible. 

This course will familiarize students with what sustainability is, why it's important, how enterprises can measure it, what enterprises are succeeding and failing at, and how the focus on sustainable enterprises will affect developed and developing countries. 

394 Experiential Learning (1-4 credits - may be repeated for up to four credits)

It is essential that global business leadership students receive practice in applying the theories learned in their global business leadership courses to actual organizational settings.  This can be done in a variety of ways, including participation in SIFE, SAM, Mayo Innovation Scholars program, or leadership positions in on-campus activities.  This course will require students seeking such forms of experiential learning to reflect on the connections between their experiences and the theories they have mastered. 

397 Internship. (1-8)

This is a practical off-campus experience with a solid academic component. Previous course work in global business leadership is necessary. Information is available on the global business leadership department's website.