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International Management

Leading individuals and groups effectively is the key to managerial excellence. Yet, in an increasingly diverse and international work environment this is a formidable challenge. Managers today must understand the key trends shaping organizations. They must learn to thrive in a diverse, global, technologically driven, socially complex, 24/7 organizational environment. They must have a clear vision of the type of manager they would like to be and must acquire the skills to manage effectively. Successful global leaders must: 1) understand the major trends affecting work today, 2) have an acute sense of cultural diversity and of the interconnectedness of the world, 3) have a strong sense of self-awareness and must learn quickly from a variety of experiences, 4) build trust quickly and foster effective communication in a variety of organizational situations, 5) build teams quickly under many circumstances and across multiple cultural environments, and 6) take a proactive approach in managing their career progress.

This seminar style course will emphasize the challenging role of the individual manager responsible for advancing his/her firm’s international strategy and controlling its operations effectively. Class preparation, self-awareness surveys, experiential exercises and in-class simulations will be used to illustrate key global leadership concepts. Class discussion will focus on those areas where comprehension is substantially enhanced by additional elaboration or illustration. The instructional approach will emphasize cooperative learning and will tend towards an environment in which students will feel comfortable sharing their interaction with, and learning of, the course materials.

Global leadership trends

The role of the global manager

Communicating successfully across cultures

Leading and motivating successfully across cultures

Building an effective international workforce

Evaluating and rewarding employees abroad

Understanding and managing the Expatriate assignment

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