About International Management
Management (B.S.B.A.) International Management Concentration
Human Resource Management
What is international management?
International management trains you to analyze problems that have the added complexity of relating to cultures different from our own. This is an extremely important aspect of problem solving since few businesses operate solely within the confines of the United States or are unaffected by international events and activities.
What kinds of career choices can I expect?
Although it is unlikely upon graduation you will be offered a job in Paris, Copenhagen, Tokyo, or Rio de Janeiro, a program of study in international management will prepare you for such assignments in the future. These are usually given to those who have worked in a company or industry for some time and have gained experience with its product line. Initially, you could find yourself working for a small import/export firm, a freight forwarder (an organization that specializes in handling overseas shipments), the international department of a bank, or in the international division of a large multinational organization as a sales correspondent. You will also be qualified for the more traditional entry-level management positions such as management trainee, first line supervisor, or administrative assistant. You could also qualify for similar positions in the American offices of foreign firms. Once you have gained some work experience and begin seeking an international assignment, you will have an advantage over those who have had no previous training in language or multicultural disciplines.
What kinds of courses will take?
To prepare for a career in international management, you should develop your analytical, communication, and interpersonal skills. Therefore, you will be taking the core curriculum required of all College of Business students. This includes accounting, finance, psychology, sociology, quantitative methods, marketing, law, management, computer systems, and economics. All Shippensburg University students are also required to complete various general education requirements in history, communications, literature, and science. In addition, you will be required to become proficient in one foreign language and will study various world cultures and societies by taking courses in anthropology, geography, or international relations, as well as specialized international business courses.
Why do I have to study a foreign language?
Although English is the universal business language, it is very important for American firms to recruit personnel competent in other languages to compete in world markets. You must be able to communicate with your firm's foreign personnel who might not speak English, and you must be able to live and operate in foreign environments. Obviously, you will not study every language in the world, but having mastered one or two languages will make it easier to learn others as the need arises and your career develops. It should be pointed out that almost all students in international management are completing a minor in their language with little or no extra course work. Some are also opting for a double major in the language. This would require an extension of your stay at Shippensburg, but it would give you a decided advantage over others competing for international positions.
Am I required to study abroad?
Although it is not a requirement, we strongly recommend that all international management students study or travel abroad. This will not only help you develop your language skills, but it will expose you to different cultures and will further develop your awareness of important cultural differences. On-campus resources are available to help you plan these activities. Scholarship money is available.
Can other business students take international management courses?
Yes. In fact, it would be to your advantage to take as many international management courses as possible since the more you know about international business, the more desirable and valuable you are as an employee. This also helps differentiate you from those students who have had little exposure to international concepts.
Where can I get more information?
Dr. William Oberman, Chair
Department of Management and Marketing
224 Grove Hall Shippensburg University
1871 Old Main Drive Shippensburg, PA 17257-2299
John L. Grove College of Business
The John L. Grove College of Business is accredited by the AACSB International
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Human Resource Management
The people aspect of business is a growing field both in employment opportunities and in salaries. The goals of human resource management are the efficient and effective utilization of human resources to achieve strategic organization objective while accomplishing individual goals. Human resource management encompasses personnel, labor and industrial relations, compensation and benefits, training and development, and legal issues. Students are afforded the opportunity of developing knowledge and skills in job analysis, human resource planning, recruiting, interviewing, training and development, law, labor relations, and continuous improvement. Graduates of the program begin their careers in the human resource departments of corporations, government agencies, unions, and other private and public organizations. They are employed as interviewers, recruiters, job analysts, grievance and arbitration specialists, negotiators, compensation specialists, safety directors, and training coordinators.