Global Business Leadership

Department Chair: Sanford Moskowitz

Faculty: Jean Didier, Robert Gazich, John Hasselberg, David Hunger, Wendy Klepetar, Lisa Lindgren, Paul Marsnik, Sanford Moskowitz, Kingshuk Mukherjee, Margrette Newhouse, Deborah Pembleton, 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. (4)
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. (4) 
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. (4)
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:  GBUS 210

240 Tools of Analysis. (4)
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:  GBUS 220

250 Readings in Global BUS Leadership. (1)
Readings, reflections and discussions on Global Business Leadership topics. Topics may be tied to on-campus lectures/presentations given by invited speakers. This course may be repeated for credit in multiple terms.


300 Global Enterprise. (4)
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. Prerequisite GBUS 210, 220, 230, 240.

311 Human Resources. (4)
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. (4)  
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. Prerequisite: GBUS 210, GBUS 220, GBUS 230, GBUS 240.

339 Doing Business in Europe. (4)
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. Prerequisite: GBUS 210, 220, 230, and 240.

341 Operations and Supply Chain Management. (4)
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. Emphasis will be placed on problem solving using both quantitative and qualitative reasoning skills. 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, through the industrial tours. Prerequisite: GBUS 210, 220, 230, and 240

361 Law and Business. (4)
The law touches every aspect and type of business. This course seeks to introduce students to the legal environment of business, and to help them begin to integrate legal concepts into their business strategy and operations. Topics covered will include selections from domestic and international legal structure, contracts, torts, business organizations and agency/employment, as well as other issues of contemporary interest to business people. Prerequisite: GBUS 210, 220, 230, and 240 or by Permission of Department Chair.