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"My two business degrees from LSSU were instrumental in preparing me to work at all levels of Edison Sault Electric (ESE), concluding with the privilege of becoming ESE President in 1998. My company also takes pride in that 14 out of a total of 17 management personnel and about 20% of hourly employees at ESE either have degrees from or have attended a substantial number of classes at LSSU. Finally, our company and employees have contributed in excess of $500,000 to various LSSU projects over the last 25 years. ESE Believes in Blue."

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Edison Sault Electric Company
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Sault Ste. Marie, MI

School of Business

International Business Department

We prepare the leaders and business owners of tomorrow!

The International Business major provides students at Lake Superior State University the highest level of exposure to international business topics and coursework to work or operate their own business in a global environment.

The International Business Program uses immersive experiences extends learning beyond the classroom. Students collaborate on projects with faculty members and communities throughout Michigan -or around the world- in ways our students call "life changing".

These projects usually involve international business to work on real life business projects -just as in the workplace- and result in a product, business plan, cultural analysis, and economic analysis. Through this collaborative process, our students sharpen their communication skills, make contacts with businesses and industry professionals, and create a portfolio of work that will help them move ahead in the job market after graduation.

"A fundamental shift is occurring in the world today."

Companies are faced with a world in which barries to cross border tarde and investments are declining and distance is shrinking. This is the world where $3 trillion in foreign exchange transactions are made everyday and where $12.06 trillion of goods and $2.71 trillion of services are sold across national borders.

In the global world of business trends show that companies will be smaller in size and increase their global reach for costumers.

International Business Course Information

Course Course Name Course Description
INTB375 International Business Law The Course provides an introduction to the environment of International Business and Law. It will focus on the foundations and principles of the international Legal environment and international legal systems. The course covers the Law on International trade. It allows the student to understand government foreign trade policies, the law concerning international business transactions, importing, exporting, transportation and Logistics. This course covers a range of legal issues involved in conducting international business, surveying some of the many issues encountered in intellectual property and licensing, and the taxation of International business transactions.
INTB389 Competing in the Global Marketplace This course presents a systematic overview of international business and provides an introduction to important issues, including international trade policy, the global monetary system, and strategies of international business. Additionally, the course will look at management practices of international business, including: organizational structure of multinational organizations, production and logistics, human recourse management, and financial management.
ECON408 International Economics Pure theory of trade and comparative advantage; free trade versus protectionism; trade problems of developing nations, balance of payment account; exchange rates; international monetary systems.
INTB420 International Comparative Management This course in international comparative management will examine important trends impacting international business as well as the major and developing players in the international economy. The course will examine the stage on which international management is conducted, which includes political, legal and socio- cultural systems as a backdrop. The course will cover how firms develop and execute their international strategies-and how they stay ahead of their competitions, once they do. An important aspect for the success of international companies is HR. The course will explore how firms can build an outstanding international workforce through selecting and motivating employees as well as dealing with a host of related human resource management issues, such as compensation, performance appraisal, training and development and labor relations.
INTB486 International Marketing

The International Marketing course examines the scope, challenge and dynamic environment of International Marketing. This course will provide an understanding of the cultural environment of global markets, global opportunities and the development and implementation of global marketing strategies. Challenging decisions must be made in international marketing objectives-strategies-poli cies, regional & country market selection, products that fit regions-countries, multiple distribution channels, communications to fit each global region, management models & organizations per region-country, knowledge-information-data management, exploration of cultural issues, competition, economies, and customers

Visit our academic degree program website for more information about our program.

Jan Gallup, Jeffrey Saus and Andrew Melling (1999). GDP Density Map. International Regional science Review.

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Anna Wilson, '06 Marketing

"Lake State is a local University that gave me the option to earn my education while located close to my family. My short-term goal is to gain as much experience as possible in the community and to possibly continue my education toward a Masters Degree. Id like to continue my work within the city and take advantage of opportunities to be more involved in local politics. In the long term, after Ive made myself as competitive as possible in the marketing field, Id like to get a job at a medium to large size company and work more with individual products or brands as opposed to marketing a company itself." [ more ]

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