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Global Challenges in Business

Business Challenges of the 21st Century 。Equip yourself with frameworks to pursue business opportunities in the current global environment.

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专项课程

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  • 分类: 商业管理
  • 平台: Coursera
  • 语言: 英语

本专项课程介绍

Learning Outcomes for the Specialization:

Upon completion of this specialization, you will be able to:
Understand how businesses function in the global marketplace.
Make ethical decisions to run a responsible business in the global marketplace.
Understand the role of business in addressing global challenges such as poverty and the environment.
Understand how business can pursue opportunities and confront challenges in the complex global marketplace.

项目概览

This specialization prepares students for the global challenges that businesses face in the 21st century. The global marketplace now and in the future spans emerging markets, a world connected by social media, and rapid technological advancements, hand in hand with huge challenges relating to environment and poverty. This specialization covers how business strategy is formulated and implemented in the global arena in all its complexities. It also covers the role of ethics and corporate responsibility in a connected world as well as the role of business in addressing global challenges such as poverty and the environment. The specialization enables understanding of global business and how to pursue opportunities and confront challenges in this arena responsibly. This Specialization is part of the University of Illinois iMBA Program.

Each course in the Specialization also fulfills a portion of the requirements for a University of Illinois course that can earn you college credit!

第 1 门课程

Sustainable Innovation for Subsistence Marketplaces

计划开课班次:Feb 19

课程概述
This course focuses on understanding subsistence marketplaces and designing business solutions for the billions of people living in poverty in the global marketplace. To develop understanding of subsistence marketplaces, we use exercises to enable participants to view the world from the eyes of subsistence consumers and entrepreneurs, facilitate bottom‐up understanding generated by participants, and provide insights from extensive research. More broadly, the course uses the context of extreme resource constrained contexts to learn about the bottom-up approach pioneered through the Subsistence Marketplaces Initiative, and apply it in any context. The course will involve virtual immersion in subsistence contexts, emersion of unique insights, bottom-up design, innovation and enterprise. A parallel project will focus on understanding a specific need in a subsistence marketplace, and designing a solution and an enterprise plan.

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:
• Develop an understanding of subsistence marketplaces
• Design solutions for subsistence marketplaces
• Develop enterprise plans to implement solutions for subsistence marketplaces
• Apply the bottom-up approach for subsistence marketplaces as well as other contexts

This course is part of the iMBA offered by the University of Illinois, a flexible, fully-accredited online MBA at an incredibly competitive price. For more information, please see the Resource page in this course and onlinemba.illinois.edu.

第 2 门课程

Sustainable Business Enterprises

当前班次:Feb 12

课程概述
This course will explore current challenges and opportunities facing firms in the area of environmental sustainability. It will begin with an introduction to sustainability, with a particular focus on how environmental sustainability is relevant to business. Topics such as unsustainable consumption/consumer behavior, market research sustainable product design, sustainable value chains and communications will be covered. The bottom-up approach in terms of immersion, emersion, and design as applied to sustainable business enterprise will be covered. The course concludes with a summary of insights on global challenges in business, with particular focus on poverty and the environment, and on the unique approach employed here in terms of bottom-up immersion, emersion, design, innovation, and enterprise.

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:
• Understand the importance of sustainability for business
• Learn about specific topics consumer behavior, market research, product design, value chains and communications using the sustainability lens in business
• Design solutions and develop enterprise plans for sustainable business initiatives
• Apply the bottom-up approach for sustainable business initiatives in any context

This course is part of the iMBA offered by the University of Illinois, a flexible, fully-accredited online MBA at an incredibly competitive price. For more information, please see the Resource page in this course and onlinemba.illinois.edu.

第 3 门课程

Global Strategy I: How The Global Economy Works

当前班次:Feb 12

课程概述
Starting in the late 1990s, “globalization” became a buzzword to describe the apparent integration of markets in the world economy. Many authors and pundits claimed that the world was converging towards a market-friendly democratic place, while gurus and consulting firms were not short of formulae and advice on how to make profits out of the global economy. Decades later, new realities show that globalization does not mean political, cultural, and economic convergence and that forces against it are strong.

This course seeks to help you understand the forces of globalization and how cross-cultural management and the relationship of a multinational organization to various host countries is becoming more and more critical in today’s global economy. This course begins with the discussion of these issues and global relationships and delves into a deeper understanding of business strategy in today’s global business marketplace.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
• Understand how we got here and why it matters
• Understand the complexities of the current globalization (not all countries are the same)
• Evaluate the effects of international trade regulations on international business
• Evaluate when and why should we operate as multinationals

This course is part of the iMBA offered by the University of Illinois, a flexible, fully-accredited online MBA at an incredibly competitive price. For more information, please see the Resource page in this course and onlinemba.illinois.edu.

第 4 门课程

Global Strategy II: Doing Business in The Global Economy

当前班次:Feb 12

课程概述
This course explores the ways firms overcome challenges when operating globally. The global economy is characterized for its high complexity and uncertainty. Corporations trying to succeed in the global economy need to develop different types of strategies depending on where they are conducting business or what type business they are in. Students taking this course will learn how to determine the best strategy to follow when expanding globally, the advantages and disadvantages of those strategies, and the appropriate responses to external pressures.

This course is part of the iMBA offered by the University of Illinois, a flexible, fully-accredited online MBA at an incredibly competitive price. For more information, please see the Resource page in this course and onlinemba.illinois.edu.

第 5 门课程

Global Impact: Cultural Psychology

计划开课班次:Feb 19
课程学习时间 4 weeks of study, 4-6 hours/week

课程概述
Globalization has brought dramatic changes to the marketplace. A proliferation of global brands brings diverse cultures to a consumer population that is also growing culturally diverse. This course enables students to understand how globalization changes consumers at a psychological level, and provides tools for imbuing brands with cultural meanings—creating iconic brands—that can resonate with global consumers. The focus is on understanding that culture exists in the mind (e.g., values and beliefs) as well as in the environment (e.g., objects, brands, and institutions), and that globalization creates multi-cultural spaces in contemporary societies. Consumers can use the cultural meaning of a brand to build their identities (i.e., assimilate the brand cultural symbolism) or reject the brand’s cultural meaning(s) (i.e., exclusionary reactions).

The course will help students identify when assimilation vs. exclusionary reactions are more likely to occur, as well as devise strategies for imbuing brands with cultural meanings that can elevate them to the status of cultural icons.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
• Understand how globalization impacts the psychological responses of consumers in global markets
• Understand what culture is and how it manifests itself
• Understand how brands acquire cultural meanings
• Predict consumers’ responses to the cultural meanings in brands
• Identify strategies to win-over multi-cultural consumers in globalized markets
• Learn how to build an iconic brand

This course is part of the iMBA offered by the University of Illinois, a flexible, fully-accredited online MBA at an incredibly competitive price. For more information, please see the Resource page in this course and onlinemba.illinois.edu.

第 6 门课程

Global Impact: Business Ethics

计划开课班次:Feb 19
课程学习时间 4 weeks of study, 4-6 hours/week

课程概述
Global business ethics is the study and analysis of how ethics and global business are connected. How we should treat each other and our organizations in global and local contexts is the topic of this course. Business ethics and corporate responsibility are inherent in global commerce. Commerce is about markets, and markets entail exchanges between people and groups of people. So commerce is about human relationships, and indeed, it could not be otherwise.

One of the important challenges in global business is working out the extent of these obligations in the interrelationships between businesses and the particular local cultures in which that business operates. The ethical issues arising from these engagements, the kinds of values-based considerations out of which an organization negotiates with local concerns, and how an organization can be both an enabler of economic value-added while respecting cultural differences will be topics of this course.

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:
• Become morally sensitive to ethical dilemmas in global commerce
• Identify ethical issues in global business
• Master stakeholder analysis
• Address issues from more than one point of view
• Use a well-reasoned process by which to arrive at ethically-defensible decisions
• Evaluate good and weak arguments
• Defend your conclusions

This course is part of the iMBA offered by the University of Illinois, a flexible, fully-accredited online MBA at an incredibly competitive price. For more information, please see the Resource page in this course and onlinemba.illinois.edu.

第 7 门课程

Global Challenges in Business Capstone

计划开课班次:Feb 19
课程学习时间 6 weeks of study, 5-7 hours/week

课程概述
The capstone for the Global Challenges in Business specialization will provide a learning experience that integrates across all the courses within that specialization. It will involve analysis of a situation concerning an actual business with a view to work toward a global stakeholder engagement business plan for introduction of a new product. Students will analyze a situation taking the vantage point of a global company and develop a global stakeholder engagement plan for a specific geography (chosen by students’ region or country of residence, or other consideration).

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