This course is to discuss the nature of international business by referring to case study materials. The students read the case before the class, write a short report, and participate an active discussion facilitated by the course instructor.
The case is selected to cover all the important issues around international business, as well as major industries and regions. Topics covers: supply chain, distribution chain, organisation and strategy, new entrant, M&A, competition with local firms, collaboration with local firms, low cost distribution, low cost business model, and Japanese business overseas. Most of the case are less than 10 years old and will constantly be updated.
The students read the case study, which typically is 10-15 pages in English, and write a A4-1page report to answer the questions given by the instructor. Depending on the class size, one group may give a presentation of the overview of the case, and then the class moves to an active discussion session facilitated by the instructor.