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Merrick School of Business

France '11

Global Study Tour for Graduate and Advanced Undergraduate Students
Paris, France
March 19 - 27, 2011

Download the France 2011 flyer (.pdf)

This course will expose students to successful business practices in France which, along with Germany, is one of the major players in the European Union. Students will learn effective global management practices, gain insight on working with employees from different cultures, and learn about business issues facing companies that operate in France. Students will benefit from lectures by French professors and from business visits with French and American companies.

Course Description
This study abroad course fulfills the requirements for: MGMT 798 or MGMT 498 Global Field Study—France (3 credits) Prerequisites for MGMT 798/498: MGMT 600 for graduate students, MGMT 302 for undergraduate students Length: 1 week during the spring break, 2011. Travel dates are March 19-27, 2011. There are two pre-travel meetings that will occur in late February and early March (exact date, time and location TBD) and a post-travel meeting (exact date, time and location TBD).

The experience in Paris is hosted by our partner school, the Ecole Supérieure du Commerce Extérieur. The program features presentations by international experts and visits to companies. There will be lectures on intercultural management, international diversity management, managing in a global environment, and leadership in different cultures. You will sit beside and interact with students and business leaders from France and other parts of Europe. The opportunity to discuss international issues in a multi-national group will provide a significant learning opportunity. During visits to companies you will see international business in action and learn how successful companies compete in a global economy. You will learn to see the world through the eyes of French managers, as you compare and contrast practices in France with those in the US.


There will be time to explore and learn about the culture of France. Paris is a beautiful city full of interesting places to visit and many wonderful restaurants. Walking tours of the city and a cruise on the River Seine will be part of our visit.

Course Design and Schedule
Five days of visits to companies and sights in Paris, plus lectures by leading academic experts on a variety of topics. Students participating in this international study experience will be assigned to teams to prepare a comparative analysis of French and US business practices. They will utilize models from the lectures and information from company visits and cultural visits to formulate their analysis. The goal is to learn about important business practices that help managers and their companies succeed in global business settings.

Trip Cost: Estimated costs for airfare, lodging and local transportation are approximately $2,050. The Wright Global Scholars fund will provide scholarships up to a maximum of $1,000 to eligible students.


For more information and registration approval, contact Prof. Alan Randolph, wrandolph@ubalt.edu or call 410.837.4984. You may also contact Ms. Lisa Park for approval to register at lisa.park@ubalt.edu or call 410.837.5254.

COURSE REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Monday, December 13, 2010**
COURSE TUITION DUE: Monday, December 21, 2010
TRIP COST AND PAYMENT SCHEDULE: Initial Deposit $1,050 DUE: Monday, December 13, 2010 Final Payment $1,000 DUE: Friday, Janaury 14, 2011*

* Final payment amount dependent upon individual scholarship awards.

** Note: A minimum of 15 students is required for this study tour to take place. This will be determined on December 13, 2010.

 

France 2011