International Business focuses on the management challenges that face companies whose operations extend across national boundaries.  The challenges facing a manager of a multinational enterprise (MNE) differ from those in a purely domestic organization in a variety of ways.  MNEs have operations in multiple sovereign nation states, complete with a greater range of social and cultural differences.  Coupled with the varying economic and political systems, is the need for a more complex competitive strategy.

Global Strategy is typically divided into three parts.  The Strategic Imperative considers:  Expanding Abroad, Understanding the International Context, and Developing Transnational Strategies.  The Organizational Challenges includes:  Developing a Transnational Organization, Creating Worldwide Innovation and Learning, and Engaging in Cross-Border Collaboration.  The Managerial Implications focus on Implementing the Strategy, and The Future of the Transnational.

Additional topics covered in the I.B. area in more specialized courses include:  International Joint Ventures and Alliances; The Legal Environment of the MNE; Internationalization; The Ivey Global Lab; and Doing Business in… Seminars. 

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Andreas Schotter

Assistant Professor
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Brian C. Pinkham

Assistant Professor
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Shih-Fen Chen

Professor