Singapore and Japan: Asia's Business Hubs



Course closed for 2015. 2016 global business courses will be announced in Spring 2015.

This global business course is only open to 2nd and 3rd year MBA students.

Singapore and Japan: Asia's Business Hubs

For the Academic Year 2014-15, the BUSI798 series will be four credits total (1 credit in the fall, 3 in the spring) starting with the one credit fall BUSI788 course.

Students in the fall BUSI788 one-credit course will automatically be registered for the spring BUSI798 module.


Singapore and Tokyo


Martin Dresner and Koki Nagata, Adjunct Professor, LBPP

Important Dates

Course dates:

  • Oct 26, VMH 1330, 12-7 p.m.
  • Dec 7, VMH 1330, 12-7 p.m.
  • Feb 8, VMH 1330, 12-7 p.m.
  • Feb 22, VMH 1330, 12-7 p.m.

Depart January 5 (arrive in Singapore the 6th); Return January 14 from Japan (arrive in US the 14th).

Program Fee and Dean's Global Scholarship

The $2,250 program fee covers shared hotel room, some meals, cost of any scheduled cultural activities, professor and partner costs. Not included: international airfare, personal expenses, and most meals. The $1,000 Dean's Global Scholarship is available to eligible full-time and part-time MBA students who are participating on a UMD program abroad in 2014-15. Only students who have not studied abroad previously on a UMD program are eligible for this $1,000 scholarship. There is no application form required for the scholarship. Instead, it will be automatically applied to your student account after our office has verified in our records that this your first time studying abroad with UMD.

Additional Costs

There is an additional $250 to the Education Abroad Office as well as a $39 fee for the mandatory insurance. No visa is required for U.S. citizens. Students of other nationalities should check the consular office for visa information and requirements. 


Register on Testudo for fall BUSI788Y section BA01 at the same time as your other fall courses. You will automatically be registered for the other module(s).

Asia has been the fastest growing area of the world for the past several decades, and two of the key economies are those of Singapore and Japan. Singapore has become a global logistics hub with one of the busiest seaports in the world, and Japan has become the third largest economy in the world and is a leader in engineering and manufacturing, famous for its just-in-time system of inventory control, procurement, and manufacturing. Singapore depends on trade for its strong economy, while Japan depends on manufacturing and the requisite engineering and research and development for its wealth. This course series will examine the similarities, strengths and potential trouble spots of these two economies. We intend to visit several logistics facilities in Singapore, and in Japan the group will go to some of the manufacturing plants that have contributed to the country’s growth. In addition, due to Japan’s unique distribution system, we will likely visit key retail and distribution operations in order to better understand that business environment.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Develop an understanding of the business practices that have contributed to the success of both Singapore and Japan.
  2. Gain an understanding of how an economy copes with recession and falling prices over an extended period.
  3. Understand how Asian economies compete within the region.
  4. Understand how business practices must be put into place to sustain export-oriented economies.
  5. Learn about the rich cultural heritage of Singapore and Japan that underlies many of their business practices.


  • UMD's regular withdrawal and refund schedule applies for the one-credit BUSI788Y course. Students dropping the course series after October 15 (when we make financial commitments abroad) will be charged the program fee equivalent.
  • Do not purchase airfare until course is confirmed. Students are advised by UMD Education Abroad to purchase refundable airline tickets.
  • Students are responsible for obtaining and paying for their own visa and/or entry fee.
  • The time abroad IS the class and any instances of: being late and therefore delaying the group, noise in hotel hallways, damage to hotel rooms, hung-over behavior, sleeping during meetings or public displays of affection will be frowned upon as it would for any business traveler on meetings or conferences abroad. You are expected to incorporate professionalism while abroad, and professionalism is part of your total grade. It is our intent to develop world citizens and savvy business travelers, and the courses abroad should be undertaken as serious academic endeavors.
  • Students are welcome and encouraged to participate in more than one BUSI788/798 abroad during your time at Smith; up to two course series can apply towards the MBA degree.