Course Description

Course Name

Global Leadership and Management

Session: VSOU1222

Hours & Credits

3 Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


Course Description:

The growth in multi-national organizations reflect many opportunities for culturally flexible individuals to conduct business that crosses national boundaries. This course is a practical introduction to the issues, opportunities, and complexities associated with working internationally. It examines the transcendent business trends affecting nations and the key characteristics of the evolving international business culture. A key focus for this class is assessing one’s “cultural intelligence” and how to change one’s leadership style to influence others from different cultures. Participants learn about the knowledge and skills multinational corporations (MNCs) are seeking, common organizational characteristics of MNCs, and develop a greater ability to work in a global or multicultural organization. Students are expected to learn key Western and Asian business values to understand why behavior and thinking is so different when it comes to doing even the most simple business task. From this study one gets an important side benefit—a greater understanding of one’s own culture.

Methods of Learning:

This is a blended class—it uses material delivered both live and on-line. Live Instruction. This class will consist of informal lectures, in-class exercises, video, case studies, and discussions while the in-class exercises and homework serve as means to apply the theory learned in class. Because this course involves in-class exercises which elaborate on the materials in the text, you should read the chapter assigned prior to coming to class. On-line Instruction. Since the world of global business is much different today than it was last year so the site will contain current articles and A-V from experts to make the course more relevant, the information more timely. Access to the on-line site and how to use it will be explained during the first class. Overview material can be viewed at:

Team Project:

The focus is on the practical side of business; for example, how to get a job in Germany, how business is done in China, how to influence someone from Thailand (your leadership style), etc.

The research results will be reported to the class via a formal presentation to the class and turn in of the PowerPoint presentation. As part of the PowerPoint presentation, be sure to CITE YOUR REFERENCES. THIS MEANS KEY FACTS AND SOURCES OF PICTURES on the slide or the slide’s notes.

Include a Resources Page containing more background information. To receive full credit, the section should include between five to and ten URLs, each of which has a short description of two to five sentences. The length of time for a presentation is 5 minutes per person.

Sample Research Questions: 

  • Determine the knowledge and skills a manager and a leader must know to prosper in a global environment.
  • Define major careers, the knowledge and the skills needed given the likely advances in artificial intelligence and social robotics.
  • Present must do activities to raise money using a crowdsourcing site such as or Indiegogo. Compare successful and unsuccessful campaigns.
  • Figure out how a social enterprise can run an Internet fundraising campaign to raise money without using crowdsourcing. 
  • Compare and contrast social corporate values being used by two or three MNCs today. Ask, how well do they live up to the written mission statement?
  • Study and model the success characteristics that cause SOCIAL entrepreneurial companies to succeed.
  • It’s thought that culture in more important than strategy. Decide what cultural principles or values you would use to make an entrepreneurial company quickly scale. Use present examples from the real world.
  • Determine what makes nation-states RESILIENT and which ones are most likely to prosper in the 21st century. Why? This is not just a measure of competitiveness, which mostly looks at economics. It includes the ability to with stand stressors such as climate change.
  • Determine two or three INDUSTRIES will be the most likely to create good paying jobs in the developed world. WHY? Determine two or three what industries you should avoid. Why?
  • How do cultural differences affect the way in which people lead and manage? Research, three countries, explain and give examples.
  • Research and discuss some of the most common methods of employee selection used by an MNCs in a certain industry. Put together a plan to get a job.
  • Research and explain how organizations could train their people to communicate more effectively with people from other cultures.
  • An estimated at 20-40% of expatriates return home without completing their assignment. Discover the cause(s) and propose what can be done about it.
  • Imagine that you are team of consultants to a company in ________ (country) in _________ (industry). What do you need to know for market entry for a specific product or service in one or two countries.
  • Define influence & persuasion patterns that work across in two or three cultures
  • Ethical issues in doing business in . . .
  • How business people in . . . . . (conduct of first meeting, build the relationship, etc.)


*Course content subject to change