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Portland State University

School of Business Administration

MIM 573 – Cases in International Corporate Finance and Investment

Summer, 2009


Julia Harper

jaharper@pdx.edu

503-970-7610

office hours: by appointment


COURSE DESCRIPTION


This capstone course will explore, primarily through case studies, international financial management and business risk concepts, such as:


  • Globalization, foreign trade and the international monetary system

  • Political, economic and foreign exchange risk

  • International regulatory environments

  • Global capital markets and investment decisions

  • International financial management, trade finance & taxation



LEARNING OBJECTIVES


  • Develop a basic understanding of the international monetary system, the dynamics of foreign trade, balance of payments and other factors influencing exchange rates




  • Explore the various types of risk that multi-national organizations face with varying political, regulatory, cultural and economic environments and develop an understanding of how to identify, weigh and manage the risk exposure




  • Learn to factor international risks and variables into planning and decision-making




  • Build capacity for analyzing and presenting complex problems and recommendations in a clear and concise format


REQUIRED TEXT AND MATERIALS


Case Packet for MIM573 at Clean Copy – Required


Text - “International Financial Management” by Cheol Eun & Bruce Resnick - Optional


GRADING AND EVALUATION


Performance will be evaluated based on four components as follows:


International Issues Verbal Updates 15%

Be prepared each class session to share a brief synopsis of a recent article (no more than 1 week old) or current event that has international financial implications. I will call on a couple of students per class session to share their current event and lead a discussion on it with the class.


Class Participation in Discussions 15%

Regular attendance is vital. You can not participate in discussion-based learning if you are not present. If an emergency situation requires that you miss a class, I expect for you to contact me in advance or as soon as possible afterward. All assignments must be completed prior to class and you should be prepared to discuss key concepts and participate in discussion of the relevant material for each class session.


Valid contributions include asking or answering questions of others, making relevant observations or citing relevant examples to illustrate key points. Both the quantity AND quality of your contributions will be weighed.


Case Presentations (including Final Exam) 45%

Teams will be assigned to analyze and present each case. Presentations should include a brief summary of the case issues, include observations and recommendations per the specific questions posed, and include verbal participation by all team members. Scoring for case presentations will include peer scoring of team member contributions


Quizzes 25%


CLASS PARTICIPATION AND CONTRIBUTION


Examples of positive class contribution include:

  • answering questions posed by the instructor or other students

  • making relevant observations that further concepts and discussions

  • citing relevant personal examples

  • asking key questions that facilitate discussion


For each case presentation, I will ask all team members to prepare a brief peer evaluation form to provide feedback with regard to individual contributions and team collaboration. It is expected that all team participants contribute to the case analysis, preparation and presentations on an equitable basis. This feedback will also be included as part of your class participation grade.


For case discussions, all members of the class are expected to participate in the case discussions and Q&A sessions.


CLASSROOM BEHAVIOR


Late arrivals and early departures are disruptive and disrespectful of your peer students and will impact your class participation grade. Cell phones and other electronic devices are to be disabled during class. Laptops should be used only during presentations.


COURSE SCHEDULE


August 18 - Course Intro, Globalization, International Monetary System & Balance of Payments

(Chapters 1 – 3 Eun/Resnick)


August 20 - Case 1 Discussion - “The Current Account Deficit”

Political Risk, Corporate Governance & Foreign Direct Investment

(Chapters 4, 16 Eun/Resnick)


August 25 - Case 2 Presentations – Royal Dutch Shell In Nigeria

Foreign Exchange

(Chapters 5, 6 Eun/Resnick)


August 27 - Quiz 1 covering materials from Class 1 – 3

Foreign Exchange Risk Management

(Chapters 7 – 9, Eun/Resnick)


Sept 1 - Case 3 Presentations – Hedging at AIFS

Guest Speaker on Foreign Exchange Risk Management

International Banking, International Bond & Equity Markets

(Chapters 11 – 14, Eun/Resnick)


Sept 3 - Quiz 2 covering materials from Classes 4 & 5

Weighted Avg Cost of Capital, Int'l Capital Budgeting & Cash Management

(Chapters 17 – 19 Eun/Resnick)

Sept 8 - Case 4 Presentations – Ducati & Texas Pacific Group

Trade Finance & Taxation

(Chapters 20, 21 Eun/Resnick)


Sept 10 - Final Exam Case 5 Presentations – China's Renminbi


CASE PRESENTATIONS


Case presentations will be done in teams of 3-4 students. Assignment questions will be provided as cases are introduced. Presentations should include a clear, concise Powerpoint presentation lasting no more than 15 minutes – with all team members participating in the presentation. Teams should be prepared for and lead a 15 minute follow-on Q&A and discussion of the case analysis and key concepts. Class members from other teams are expected to participate in the discussion of the case – with questions, observations, suggestions, etc.


Evaluation will be based on the quality and thoughtfulness of your analysis and the clarity of your presentation with an emphasis on content vs. form. I am less concerned about the aesthetics of your Powerpoint slides and more oriented toward the accuracy, creativity and relevance of your analysis and with your ability to crisply and clearly articulate your conslusions.


QUIZZES


Two multiple choice / short answer quizzes will test your understanding of key concepts that are presented during class lectures and discussions.


INTERNATIONAL ISSUES VERBAL UPDATES


Each class you may be called upon to present to the class a 5 minute report on a news article or item you have read or heard in the last two weeks concerning an event which has international financial implications. We will discuss 2 -3 articles each class period. You should come to every class session prepared to be called upon to share a relevant news item and should expect to present 2-3 different items over the 4 week period. You will be evaluated based on how clearly you explain the primary issues and facts and how well you analyze and articulate the relevance of the news item to international financial management. I will share a couple of news items with you in the first class period as an example for your verbal updates.


Plagiarism of any kind – in term papers or examinations – or any other violation of academic honesty will be grounds for failure of this course.

The Student Conduct Code, which applies to all students, prohibits all forms of academic cheating, fraud, and dishonesty. These acts include, but are not limited to, plagiarism, buying and selling of course assignments and research papers, performing academic assignments (including cases and discussions) for other persons, unauthorized disclosure and receipt of academic information, and other practices commonly understood to academically dishonor. The code of conduct also describes standards of behavior for all student members of the campus community. Violation of the SCC may lead to disciplinary action. Students may obtain copies of the Student Conduct Code by contacting the campus judicial officer at (503) 725-4422, or by visiting her office in room 433 Smith Memorial Center

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