International Issues in Business

Course Details

Course Number
5993, 6663
Section Number
5993, 6663
Summer II 2016
Dillard College of Business Administration
Classroom Number
Days & Times

July 7 - Sept 30, 2016

Dr. Robert C. Forrester (view Profile)

Course Objectives

Course Objectives:

1.      To expose students to international business.  Specifically, to look at international business operations from the perspective of economics, law, and politics as well as the functional disciplines of strategic planning, accounting, finance, marketing, human resource management, and operations management.

2.      To assist students in understanding the significance of cooperative relationships among functional entities in global business settings.

3.      To strengthen the appreciation of cultural, social, political, legal, economic, and political variables in conceptualizing, executing, and assessing international business operations.

4.      To offer students a unique opportunity to enrich their knowledge and understanding of the functional disciplines of business while engaging in academic and social activities that broaden interdisciplinary perspectives. 

5.      To reinforce and build upon comparative research skills in an international context.

Grading Standards


A comprehensive essay exam will be administered at the end of the term.  The professor of record reserves the right to give a comprehensive essay at midterm.  The exam will reflect input from lectures, field trips, and assigned readings.


Research Paper:

It is mandatory to specify an area of research before arrival in London.  Students should select a topic and get approval from the professor of record and conduct some research before the class in London begins.  Obtaining some core information before leaving the United States will make integration of research from libraries in London easier and more valuable.  To get a topic approved, please e-mail your idea and a few paragraphs to Dr. Forrester or Dr. Cummings.


Graduate students should plan to develop a substantive and comprehensive review or analysis of a topic in their business major from an international perspective.  Consultation before departure with a member of the faculty in the student’s major is encouraged. 


Students will be required to demonstrate constant progress on their research paper by turning in rough drafts at assigned times.  A rough draft proposal of two to three pages must be submitted prior to the final exam.  The final paper, which must be at least 20 pages in length and include at least 20 citations, must be turned in by September 16, 2016.

Students must complete the research component of BUAD 6663 to receive credit for BUAD 5993.

Submission Format Policy

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

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Attendance Requirements

Class Attendance:

Class attendance is required of all students.  It is important for each student to be actively involved in all aspects of the academic program.  Grades will drop by one letter grade for each event (lecture or field trip) missed. Being late to a class or casually talking during a lecture - especially if a guest lecturer - will also adversely affect your grade. 

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

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Campus Carry

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