Global Initiatives

Doing Business in Europe: Central Germany and Northern Italy

Faculty lead Charles Olson
Destination Berlin, Germany and Milan, Italy
Dates abroad March 18-25, 2017
Dates on campus Sunday, Sept 25, 2016 (Common Core)
Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016
Sunday, March 5, 2017
Sunday,  April 9, 2017
Relevant career track(s) Strategy and general management
Eligibility Open to 2nd and 3rd year full-time and part-time MBA students. No application required to register for AY 16-17.
Credit structure 1 credit earned during Fall semester + 3 credits earned during Spring semester. Total credits earned = 4 credits.
Registration instructions March 2016: Register for MBA Global Business Courses when registering for Fall 2016 courses.
Add/drop deadlines Final course drop date is Friday, September 9, 2016.

The course will illustrate the experience of Germany and Italy as well as industry clusters and companies within these nations at using business models to foster industrial and commercial development. The focus will be on the application of the following models: Five forces, the cluster model, Porter's diamond and national policy in both a historical and current context. It is expected that students will have a knowledge of the global environment from BUSI 683 before taking the course. The theme of integrated planning for business and export success in today's global environment will be explored in the course through readings and cases, cultural experiences, business visits and an applied learning project.

Applied learning component

Students will develop a plan for a new business that would fall within one of the clusters studied.

Skills and knowledge gained

  1. Learning and application of the cluster and diamond models in commercial Europe.
  2. Develop and understanding of contemporary Germany and Italy through observation and experimentation.

Estimated Costs

Fall 2016: 1 credit of tuition + $2500 program fee

Program fee covers shared accommodation, in-country ground transportation, some group meals, business visits, applied learning component, and cultural activities for the abroad portion of the program.

Spring 2017: 3 credits of tuition + Education Abroad Fee ($250) + Mandatory International Health Insurance Fee ($39, estimated)

Not included: international airfare, visa processing if applicable, most meals, personal expenses.

For 2016-2017 MBA Global Business Courses, a one-time $1,000 Dean's Scholarship is available to all first-time participants in the MBA Global Business Courses. This amount will be credited to students' accounts in the spring semester. Please note: EMBA students are not eligible for the Dean's Scholarship.

Questions?

Contact the Office of Global Initiatives at ogi@rhsmith.umd.edu.

Doing Business in South Africa: Opportunities Along the Path to Economic Maturity

Faculty lead Bennet Zelner
Destination Cape Town, South Africa
Dates abroad March 18-25, 2017
Dates on campus September 25, 2016; December 4, 2016; February 26, 2017; April 23, 2017
Relevant career track(s) Consulting, General
Eligibility Open to 2nd and 3rd year full-time and part-time MBA students. No application required to register for AY 16-17.
Add/drop deadlines Final course drop date is Friday, September 9, 2016. 
Credit structure 1 credit earned during Fall semester + 3 credits earned during Spring semester. Total credits earned = 4 credits.

South Africa has one of Africa’s largest and most developed economies. Yet in 2016, the country achieved a mediocre ranking of 73rd in the world—between Botswana and Tunisia—on the World Bank’s “Doing Business” index, which provides objective measures of business regulations in 189 economies. We will focus on the economic, political, and social institutions that shape the South African business environment and the design or adaptation of firms’ business models to fit with this environment. The class will have a consulting orientation, as reflected in the assignments. The field component of the class will take place in Cape Town, South Africa.

Applied learning component

Student teams will undertake consulting projects for firms located in South Africa.

Skills and knowledge gained

In addition to learning about the South African business environment, students will develop the broader ability to analyze the business environment of a given country and assess the implications for doing business there. The primary tool that we will use for this purpose is the CAGE framework.

Estimated Costs

Fall 2016: 1 credit of tuition + $2500 program feeProgram fee covers shared accommodation, in-country ground transportation, some group meals, business visits, applied learning component, and cultural activities for the abroad portion of the program.

Spring 2017: 3 credits of tuition + Education Abroad Fee ($250) + Mandatory International Health Insurance Fee ($39, estimated)

Not included: international airfare, visa processing if applicable, most meals, personal expenses.

**For 2016-2017 MBA Global Business Courses, a one-time $1,000 Dean's Scholarship is available to all first-time participants in the MBA Global Business Courses. This amount will be credited to students' accounts in the spring semester. (Please note: EMBA students are not eligible for the Dean's Scholarship.)

Questions?

Contact the Office of Global Initiatives at ogi@rhsmith.umd.edu.

Relationship Building

Eagerness to interact with new people and develop a strong network built on communication, empathy, and mutual respect.

Activity Description Eligible
International Student Orientation Volunteer Volunteer with International Student & Scholar Services by helping with international student orientation in August or January. All
Language Partner Program Interact with international students outside of the classroom to practice the foreign language you're studying. Sophomore
Junior
Senior
Study Abroad Ambassador Promote study abroad and other global opportunities to your classmates as a returned study abroad student. Junior
Senior

Self-Awareness And Humility

Confidence in oneself without overestimating one's abilities while valuing the experience and backgrounds of others.

Activity Description Eligible
Global Internship Program Gain real-world work experience and earn academic credit in one of several countries as you intern for 8 weeks during the summer. Sophomore
Junior
Global Consulting Fellows Apply for this two-semester honors program to learn about cross-cultural issues in management and work on real-world projects for actual clients. Sophomore
Junior
Senior
Semester Abroad Study abroad for a semester at a partner institution or program, including with one of our 15 pre-eminent university exchange partners or Maryland-administered programs. Junior
Senior

Adaptability

Ability to overcome challenges and be resourceful when faced with difficult situations.

Activity Description Eligible
Global Internship Program Gain real-world work experience and earn academic credit in one of several countries as you intern for 8 weeks during the summer. Sophomore
Junior
Global Consulting Fellows Apply for this two-semester honors program to learn about cross-cultural issues in management and work on real-world projects for actual clients. Sophomore
Junior
Senior
Semester Abroad Study abroad for a semester at a partner institution or program, including with one of our 15 pre-eminent university exchange partners or Maryland-administered programs. Junior
Senior

Cultural Curiousity

Willingness to seek out and consider diverse viewpoints, appreciate the values and beliefs of others, and collaborate on diverse teams. 

Activity Description Eligible
Global UMD Campus Activities Visit globalmaryland.umd.edu for a list of upcoming international-focused activities on campus. Sophomore
Junior
Senior
UMD Passport Day Apply for the ticket to get you around the world: your very own passport! Sophomore
Junior
Senior
International Student Orientation Volunteer Volunteer with International Student & Scholar Services by helping with international student orientation in August or January. Sophomore
Junior
Senior
Language Partner Program Interact with international students outside of the classroom to practice the foreign language you're studying. Sophomore
Junior
Senior
Faculty-led Study Abroad Participate on a 3-credit 8-21 day course in another country led by a faculty member. Courses have included microfinance in Nicaragua, social entrepreneurship in South Africa, and marketing and design in Paris and Amsterdam. Sophomore
Junior
Senior
Global Internship Program Gain real-world work experience and earn academic credit in one of several countries as you intern for 8 weeks during the summer. Sophomore
Junior
Semester Abroad Study abroad for a semester at a partner institution or program, including with one of our 15 pre-eminent university exchange partners or Maryland-administered programs. Junior
Senior

Passion For Diversity

Interest in learning about cultures and world events, and taking initiative to seek out more information about local contexts.

Activity Description Eligible
SUSA Club Join a SUSA club that opens your mind to new ways of thinking with a diverse group of classmates. Sophomore
Junior
Senior
Diversity Empowerment Council Join a diverse group of students as they focus on strengthening unity, student integration and academic excellence at the Smith School. Sophomore
Junior
Senior
CIBER Case Challenge Participate in an international case challenge with participants from around the world, hosted by UConn. Sophomore
Junior
Senior

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