Doing Business in the Pacific Rim

Winter Term 2009

Course Overview

Welcome to the Elon University Winter Term class of 2009 Blog for Business in the Pacific Rim! We are delighted to have you following our journeys and experiences abroad.

In this course, students experience three distinct societies and economies: Hong Kong, Singapore, and Australia.  This experience occurs through the lens of business and cultural activities of each location. First, the influences of economic development and global business are examined. That is, the student observes how business is conducted in three differently developed Pacific Rim economies ranging from one with modern facilities to emerging and hyper economies and cultures.   A case study relating to international business will be incorporated throughout the course. An equal course focus is daily interaction with Asian and Australian peoples that allow participants to compare their experiences with U.S. culture. Students gain valuable cultural and business knowledge through readings and orientations that are held prior to departure, focused observations, field trips, lectures, and directed self-learning. A major component of the course is student interaction with global and foreign businesses leaders and understanding how the differences in culture and politics influence business.

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