University of Colorado Boulder
International Business Venturing Abroad
University of Colorado Boulder

International Business Venturing Abroad

This course is part of International Business Specialization

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Stephen R. Lawrence

Instructor: Stephen R. Lawrence

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  • Analyze the information needed to make going abroad decisions including timing, country selection, and mode of entry.

  • Critique the advantages and disadvantages of exporting and evaluate exporting compared to other country entry modes.

  • Critique the advantages/disadvantages of direct country entry and use this information to select the best entry mode for a given situation.

  • Anticipate the challenges of working and living abroad and apply known methods of mitigating those challenges.

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There are 5 modules in this course

This first module reviews international foreign country entry strategies. In the first lesson, we ask the question “Should we go global?” and discuss the factors for making this decision. Assuming the answer is “yes,” we then review the three basic entry decisions that must be addressed - entry timing, country selection, and entry strategy. The module concludes with a discussion of entry timing, and an extended discussion of country selection using the PESTEL model as a tool to assist with making the final decision.

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9 videos7 readings1 quiz2 discussion prompts

In this module, we discuss exporting into a foreign market. First described is the relationship between exporting and importing, followed by the steps required for successful exporting. Then three alternative types of exporting are compared: direct exporting, indirect exporting with intermediaries, and piggyback exporting. The module concludes with a discussion of successful importing, which is essentially a mirror image of successful exporting.

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6 videos3 readings1 quiz

In this module we explore methods of direct foreign-country entry including both contractual entry methods and foreign direct investment. Contractual methods include licensing, franchising, outsourcing, management contracts, and turnkey projects where a firm has an arms-length relationship with a foreign company. With foreign direct investment, a firm takes an active ownership position with a foreign firm. Methods of foreign direct investment (abbreviated as FDI) are joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions, and Greenfield investment.

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9 videos4 readings1 quiz

In this final module, we examine the personal side of international business with a discussion of working and living abroad as an expatriate (expat). We first describe the characteristics of successful expats contrasted with those you are less successful. We then review the many steps needed to prepare for living abroad along with necessary precautions. Next, we discuss life abroad as an expatriate including a description of how to cope with culture shock. And finally, we discuss the challenges of returning home after a long assignment abroad. We conclude with a brief discussion of “is it worth it?” The provisional answer is “Yes!”

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4 videos2 readings1 quiz2 discussion prompts

"Operating Abroad" course exam

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Stephen R. Lawrence
University of Colorado Boulder
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