Business Management

Business Management 300 / 495

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

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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: 300 points. 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.

E-Journal while in Thailand: 200 points. You will be required to submit a journal of your experience while in Thailand. For days we have classes or other activities, write two paragraphs in your journal. The first should describe what you did, where you went, and the people you interacted with. The second paragraph should reflect and analyze the day’s activities. How did it make you feel? What was interesting/surprising? How do the activities inform your understanding of business/management? Do you have a single “take-away” in reflecting on the day? Travel days and free days do not require a journal entry.

Graded items submitted within one week of program end:

Final Exam: 200 Points. A take-home essay exam will be administered upon returning to the US. The exam will be based on applying the course concepts to our experiences in Thailand

Research Paper or Poster: 100 points. Upon returning to the US, you are required to submit a 4-5 page paper about some aspect of business management in Thailand. Please have your topic approved by the instructor to ensure it is on topic. You have the option to submit a full sized poster highlighting your experience in lieu of a paper.

Final video presentation on “Managing in a Global Environment: Lessons from Thailand”: 200 points. Students will create a 5-minute video presentation relating their study abroad experience with their understanding of management and operations. Students will use the photos and video they took to create a video presentation that demonstrates mastery of core course concepts to their experience in Thailand.


Program Itinerary

DATE:SUNDAY, MAY 26 ACTIVITY: ARRIVE IN THAILAND. take taxi to hotel

DATE:MONDAY, MAY 27 TIME: 10AM-12PM ACTIVITY:CLASS 1: INTRODUCTION TO THAILAND and CULTURE/ WELCOME LUNCH TIME: 1PM-3PM ACTIVITY: CLASS 2: BASIC THAI FOR SURVIVAL TIME: EVENING ACTIVITY: LEAVE FOR AYUTTHAYA

DATE: TUESDAY, MAY 28 ACTIVITY: ancient capitol ayutthaya tEMPLEs TOUR

DATE: WEDNESDAY, MAY 29 TIME: MORNING ACTIVITY: MORNING FREE + hotel check out TIME: AFTERNOON ACTIVITY: COMPANY VISIT 1: CAFE AMAZON TIME: EVENING ACTIVITY: CAMPUS TOUR & Hotel check in

DATE: THURSDAY, MAY 30 TIME: MORNING ACTIVITY: CLASS 3: CROSS-CULTURAL COMMUNICATION TIME: AFTERNOON ACTIVITY: COMPANY VISIT 2: AIR ORCHID

DATE: FRIDAY, MAY 31 TIME: MORNING ACTIVITY: THAI BOXING TIME: AFTERNOON ACTIVITY: SCHOOL VISIT TIME: EVENING ACTIVITY: AMPHAWA FLOATING MARKET

DATE: SATURDAY, JUNE 1 ACTIVITY: FREE DAY

DATE: SUNDAY, JUNE 2 ACTIVITY: BANGKOK TEMPLE TOUR

DATE: MONDAY, JUNE 3 TIME: 10am-12pm activity: class 4: leadership in thailand and asia time: afternoon activity: class 5: human resources in thailand

date: tuesday, june 4 time: morning activity: company visit 3: nestle time: afternoon activity: company visit 4: mono29

date: wednesday, june 5 time: 10am-12pm activity: class 6: business environment in thailand by arjan nuntana udomkit

time: afternoon activity: company visit 5: css engineering

date: thursday, june 6 time: morning/afternoon activity: beach day

date: friday, june 7 ACTIVITY: FREE MORNING TIME: AFTERNOON ACTIVITY: COOKING CLASS TIME: EVENING activity: farewell party

date: saturday, june 8 activity: fly to chiang rai. MIRROR FOUNDATION ORIENTATION. OVERNIGHT AT FOUNDATION BUILDING

DATE: SUNDAY, JUNE 9

ACTIVITY: DRIVE TO FANG PROVINCE (2.5 HOURS). TRAVEL TO VILLAGE AND MEET HOMESTAY FAMILY

JUNE 10-13

ACTIVITY: PROJECT WORK. OVERNIGHT AT VILLAGE HOMESTAY

JUNE 14 COFFEE PLANTATION VISIT. COFFEE HOUSE VISIT.

date: saturday, june 15 activity: VISIT WHITE TEMPLE. FLY TO BANGKOK. MAHIDOL WILL Transfer US from airport to LOCAL HOTEL. PROGRAM ENDS

DATE: SUNDAY, JUNE 16

RETURN TO USA. OPTION TO STAY AFTER PROGRAM ENDS TO VISIT NEARBY COUNTRIES OR OTHER PARTS OF THAILAND.