Program Information

Business Management 300 / 495

Principles & Theories of Management, Organizational Theory, Planning & Control Techniques

 

LEARN ABOUT GENERAL MANAGEMENT AND OPERATIONS PRINCIPLES WHILE STUDYING ABROAD IN THAILAND FOR THREE WEEKS!

WE HAVE PARTNERED WITH MAHIDOL UNIVERSITY IN BANGKOK, THAILAND TO CREATE A ONCE IN A LIFETIME EXPERIENCE TO LEARN ABOUT BUSINESS IN ASIA’S HOTTEST TOURIST LOCATION.

YOU WILL SPEND TIME IN BANGKOK TOURING VARIOUS BUSINESSES AND LISTENING TO EXPERTS LECTURE ON BUSINESS IN THAILAND. IN THE EVENINGS AND ON WEEKENDS, WE HAVE EXCURSIONS TO FAMOUS TEMPLES, NIGHT MARKETS, AND OTHER CULTURAL ACTIVITIES.

 

Course requirements

REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS COURSE ARE DIFFERENT THAN A TRADITIONAL LECTURE, AND ARE FOCUSED AROUND THE STUDY ABROAD EXPERIENCE. THE COURSE IS BROKEN INTO THREE PHASES: 1) PRE-DEPARTURE ORIENTATIONS IN FEBRUARY AND MAY, 2) IN-COUNTRY PROGRAM, AND 3) FINAL EXAM AND ASSIGNMENT SUBMISSIONS DUE ONE WEEK AFTER PROGRAM END.

COURSE GRADING COMPONENTS WHILE IN THAILAND:

DAILY ACTIVITIES: STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO FULLY ENGAGE IN ALL ACTIVITIES. THIS MEANS 1) BEING ON TIME, 2) DRESSED APPROPRIATELY FOR THE DAY’S ACTIVITIES, 3) FULLY ENGAGED IN ALL ACTIVITIES, AND 4) COMPLETE ALL REQUIRED ASSIGNMENTS.

GRADED ITEMS SUBMITTED WITHIN ONE WEEK OF PROGRAM END:

  • JOURNALS

  • FINAL EXAM

  • RESEARCH PAPER OR POSTER

  • FINAL VIDEO PRESENTATION ON “MANAGING IN A GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT: LESSONS FROM THAILAND”

 

Preliminary Program Itinerary



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Volunteer experience

THE FINAL WEEK OF THE TRIP WILL CONSIST OF A SERVICE LEARNING PROJECT IN CHIANG MAI, THAILAND. WE WILL BE WORKING TO DEVELOP A SCHOOL IN FANG DISTRICT LOCATED ALONG THE BORDER WITH MYANMAR.

THE SCHOOL SERVES THE CHILDREN OF THE NEARBY HILL TRIBE WORKERS

DURING OUR ONE WEEK HOMESTAY WITH A LOCAL FAMILY, WE WILL BE VOLUNTEERING WITH A NATIONAL GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATION (NGO) TO HELP BUILD BETTER EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES FOR THE LOCAL CHILDREN.

Chiang Mai is the largest city in Northern Thailand and has a population of nearly 1 million in the province. It is also home to many hill tribe people who make up over 13% in the region.



We will take a one-hour flight from Bangkok and drive 2.5 hours to the school and village homestay.

 

Prof. RiCk Opland

RICK OPLAND HAS BEEN TEACHING HUMAN RESOURCES AND GENERAL MANAGEMENT AT CSU LONG BEACH SINCE 2008. HE TEACHES HR CLASSES ON COMPENSATION, TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT, INTERNATIONAL HR, AND LABOR RELATIONS.

PRIOR TO ENTERING ACADEMIA, RICK WAS AN OFFICER WITH US CUSTOMS & BORDER PROTECTION FIELD OPERATIONS AT THE DETROIT AIRPORT. HE ALSO WORKED SEVERAL YEARS FOR NORTHWEST AIRLINES AS AN AGENT, INTERPRETER, AND SUPERVISOR.

IN HIS FREE TIME, HE ENJOYS TRAVELING THE WORLD WITH HIS WIFE, TOEY. SO FAR, HE HAS VISITED OVER 50 COUNTRIES, IN ADDITION TO LIVING ABROAD IN JAPAN FOR 5 YEARS. HE PLANS TO RETIRE IN THAILAND AND CONTINUE HOSTING STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS IN THAILAND.

www.linkedin.com/in/opland

Prof. Vasinee “Toey” Opland

VASINEE “TOEY” OPLAND IS OUR ASSISTANT TOUR LEADER. SHE HAS BEEN TEACHING IN THE INFORMATION SYSTEMS DEPARTMENT AT CSULB SINCE 2017, SPECIALIZING IN BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE AND MARKETING ANALYTICS.

BORN AND RAISED IN BANGKOK, THAILAND, SHE MOVED TO CALIFORNIA IN 2009 TO PURSUE HER MBA AT CSU LONG BEACH. SHE CURRENTLY WORKS FOR UNITEDHEALTH GROUP AS A SENIOR DATA ENGINEER. “MY FAVORITE PART OF THIS JOB IS THAT I’M A 100% TELECOMMUTER WHICH ALLOWS ME THE FLEXIBILITY TO GO TO THAILAND EVERY YEAR AND DO THIS IMPORTANT HUMANITARIAN WORK.”

SHE ENJOYS TRAVELING INTERNATIONALLY WITH HER HUSBAND, RICK, AND IS AN AVID LIFELONG LEARNER. SHE COMPLETED CERTIFICATES IN PREDICTIVE ANALYTICS AND DATA SCIENCE FROM UCI, AND IS CURRENTLY IS HER SECOND SEMESTER STUDYING JAPANESE AT LBCC.

www.linkedin.com/in/vasineek


 

Sign up now to join our group traveling to Thailand winter 2020

 
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This program is open to all majors

as well as staff, faculty, alumni, and community members on a space available basis.

Faculty permission is required.

students may choose between two courses: mgmt 300 and mgmt 495 to receive credit.

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