GBP (Global Business Program)

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Special Topics in Global Business C

Kazuhiro AKITOMO

Class code etc
Faculty/Graduate school GBP (Global Business Program)
Attached documents
Year 2022
Class code A5546
Previous Class code
Previous Class title
Term 秋学期授業/Fall
Day/Period 水5/Wed.5
Class Type
Campus 市ヶ谷 / Ichigaya
Classroom name 各学部・研究科等の時間割等で確認
Grade 1~4
Credit(s) 2
Open Program
Open Program (Notes)
Global Open Program
Interdepartmental class taking system for Academic Achievers
Interdepartmental class taking system for Academic Achievers (Notes)
Class taught by instructors with practical experience
Urban Design CP
Diversity CP
Learning for the Future CP
Carbon Neutral CP
Chiyoda Campus Consortium
Category 専門教育科目/Business Administration Courses
GBP科目/Global Business Courses

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Outline and objectives

The course is built around basic Global Business Expansion Strategies and is designed to enable students to familiarize themselves with all the critical variables which business leaders must consider in making global business management decisions.
The emphasis is on practical approaches so that after entering the corporate world, students will be ready to be global business specialists in corporate enterprises or consulting firms.


Students will be prepared to create business case proposals focused on entering new geographical markets, with compelling reasons for a firm to expand its businesses.

1. Understanding critical variables to be considered for a firm to go global
2. Acquiring knowledge of entry strategies and methodologies for location choice
3. Learning tasks and challenges which modern global companies are facing

Which item of the diploma policy will be obtained by taking this class?

This course is strongly related to the"DP1-1" and "DP2-2" diploma policies and fairly related to the "DP3" and "DP4" policies.

Default language used in class

英語 / English

Method(s)(学期の途中で変更になる場合には、別途提示します。 /If the Method(s) is changed, we will announce the details of any changes. )

For the first half of the semester, 50% lectures and 50% active learning. Active learning requires the students to take the lead in the learning process with the instructor acting as a facilitator. This will particularly be the case in the second half of the semester. Some examples of active learning are group work, case studies with discussions and debates, team presentations, etc. This course provides students with a series of live presentations including Q&A sessions on specific topics related to global business expansion from experienced, globally active business leaders. The presentations by guest speakers are online. Before each presentation, the instructor will give necessary frameworks to facilitate understanding of the subject. Students are expected to prepare questions in advance so that the Q & A sessions will be fruitful for the students. After the presentation, any remaining time will be devoted to discussions among students and the instructor.
The plan is to conduct this course in a classroom. However, depending on the pandemic situation, the course may be held remotely via Zoom or equivalent software.
Instructor will give students his oral and written feedback on their assignments in class.

Active learning in class (Group discussion, Debate.etc.)

あり / Yes

Fieldwork in class

なし / No


授業形態/methods of teaching:対面/face to face


Week 1[オンライン/online]:Introduction to the course

・Ice-breaking session

Week 2[対面/face to face]:Why going global?

・Basic theories of
going global
・Seven modes of
entry to foreign
・Risks associated with going global

Week 3[対面/face to face]:Frameworks

・The AAA

Week 4[対面/face to face]:Stages of globalization    
Modes of entry-1

・Evolution patterns,
Born Global
・Risks and Rewards

Week 5[対面/face to face]:Modes of entry-2

・Green Field operation
・M&A, and Joint
・Risks and Rewards

Week 6[対面/face to face]:Modes of entry-3
Globalization and CSR

・Strategic Alliance
・Risks and Rewards

Week 7[対面/face to face]:Cultural aspects and HR management

・Hofstede, Geert
・Meyer, Erin

Week 8[対面/face to face]:Midterm exam / Explanations for team presentation

・Mid-term exam is a
closed books written

Week 9[対面/face to face]:Online guest speaker 1.

・“Success and
failure cases of
global business
expansions in Asian
(Tentative Title)
・Class discussion
before and after
the presentation

Week 10[対面/face to face]:Online guest speaker 2.

・“Success and
failure cases of
global business
expansions in
European markets”
(Tentative Title)
・Class discussion
before and after
the presentation

Week 11[対面/face to face]:Preparation for team presentations

・Consultation, Q & A session

Week 12[対面/face to face]:Team presentations

Each student has to be a presenter by taking turns.

After each team presentation, Q&A session will be conducted

Week 13[対面/face to face]:Team presentations

Each student has to be a presenter by taking turns.

After each team presentation, Q&A session will be conducted

Week 14[対面/face to face]:Course wrap-up

Instructor will give either new topics for class discussions or revisit topics that the course covered.

Work to be done outside of class (preparation, etc.)

・Students are requested to complete reading assignments prior to class.
・Students are required to spend 4 hours of study time each week to prepare for class activities.
・Students are expected to allot time outside of class to meet with their team members for discussion and preparation of team presentations.


・Slides and additional reading materials will be provided via Hoppii (Hosei portal site).


・Cornelis A. de Kluyver and John A. Pearce II Global Business Strategy. New York Business Expert Press, LLC 2021

・Howard Thomas, Richard R. Smooth, Fermin Diez Human Capital and Global Business Strategy. Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Press, 2013

・Lawrence J. Gitman, Carl McDaniel, Amit Shah and Introduction to Business. Houston, Texas OpenStax Rice University,

Grading criteria

Student grades will be based on the following:
50% Mid-term test score
30% In-class Participation
20% Contribution to Team Presentation

Changes following student comments

N/A as this is a new course with a new instructor

Equipment student needs to prepare

A personal computer with MS PPT, Excel, and Word software
High speed internet connection


Please note that if the number of students attending the first class significantly exceeds expectations, in order for the instructor to effectively manage the class, the number of students who are allowed to register for the course may be limited.

The instructor has been working for a Japanese manufacturing company for 40 years. He not only worked in the U.S. to develop markets of the company`s products and customers for nearly 11 years, but also worked in Germany for 6 years as President of European Regional Headquarters of the company.


Students should at least be knowledgeable of basic business terminologies; therefore, being sophomores or juniors with a business major or equivalent is advisable.