This course on global integration brings together matters of global markets and institutions, global strategy, organization, and leadership. Global integration, the process by which an organization with units around the world becomes united, will be presented as a link to entrepreneurship and general management. The seminar is offered only to those enrolled in the MIT Sloan Fellows Program and challenges the participants to draw upon their past managerial experiences, especially those affiliated with multinational companies.
Type of Material:
•In class; individual study; personal or group learning in business case studies
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Identify Major Learning Goals:
•Learners will acclimatize with Global integration (GI) concept and approach as the process by which an organization with units around the world becomes united, through which an effective and valuable global entity is created;
•Learners will discover GI has an immense wealth creation potential businesses, be it by companies globally integrating production and delivery, or by globally integrating innovation, or by globally integrating strategy and the creation of competitive advantage.
•The models, methods, and tools that learners will garner during this learning process can extend well into managing other kinds of organizational integration;
•Learners will also identify concepts and methods that reveal how GI can be instrumental to reinvent incumbents and to shape startups.
Target Student Population:
•Graduate level students particularly professionals with managerial experience in or affliliated with multinational organizations
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
General business knowledge and managerial experience
• Adequate amount of material is provided in the course introduction which ramifies into course syllabus, requirements, assignments, lecture notes and slides download;
• Course information is clear, concise, and demonstrates the core concept of managing global integration between similar business units;
• Issue on managing integration of companies globally is a contemporary challenge, nonetheless, it is extremely relevant and needful;
• Concept of managing global integration is introduced, integrated and summarized well, facilitating the learning process.
• The weekly workload to complete this course is manageable considering the length of the course and the materials provided
• The syllabus and most of the course font type is too small and color is too light making it difficult for visually challenged students to read.
• Slides could have used more visually appealing charts, graphs, or visual pictures to help illustrate the concepts more clearly.
• There is no clear indication or verification whether the course contents –its data and details – are supported by empirical research;
• This course is targeted for MIT Sloan Fellows Program, as such its flexibility in being applied to different contexts are limited
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
• Managing global integration course pack provides a comprehensive overview by stating clear learning objectives, prerequisite knowledge required, and type of learners preferred;
• Concepts related to global integration are explained progressively, built upon prior concepts, and highlighted of its strong inter-relation;
• Its integration into curriculum assignments can be facilitated easily.
• The recommended textbooks and some of the cases have links to Google view which allow students to access a large portion of the materials for review prior to purchasing.
• There are numerous resources students have access to help them complete the course.
• The contemporary nature of managing global integration course augurs a substantial amount of learning time as grasping new concepts and comprehending its relation are learner-dependent;
• Case studies and reflection papers may or may not measure student learning outcomes since the issue of managing global integration is an evolving concern dependent on its context.
• There is no content describing what will be required to discuss in the discussion boards other than mentioning it is in reference to the case studies.
• The course mentions discussion posting requirements but there is no discussion board or forum for the students to post.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
• Course online site and material are easily utilized since it is quite engaging, even though its interactive aspect is pretty limited;
• It can be used as an app on multiple types of mobile devices and platforms.
• The course has a download function that allows students to download all course materials at one time.
• Lecture notes can be printed without first having to download them.
• The lecture notes do not have speaker notes to allow students to follow the instructor’s thoughts and comments about the topics.
• Some of the topics could have incorporated multimedia to better illustrate the topics in the course and create a more engaging learning environment.
• Lecture 10 and 12 did not provide any supplemental lecture slides or notes.
• Though it can be utilized as an app on various platforms yet its effectiveness without internet connection is questionable.
Other Issues and Comments:
Overall the course has lots of good information relevant to multinational/global business practices, which can be used by managers to develop a better understanding of the global business environment.
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