Syllabus for LDR-422



Leadership in a Global Environment focuses on major areas of international business and the environment within which business transactions take place. The main topics include current and developing paradigms for managing and leading in a global environment. This course also prepares students for leadership capacities and responsibilities for global management opportunities.


  1. Globalization Defined and Examined
  1. Impact of Globalization in Business
  2. Intersection of Globalization and Leading in the Global Environment
  3. Motivations toward the International Context and Strategies
  4. Impact of International Business on World Economic Implications
  5. Developing a Strategy
  6. Best Practices
  7. Organizational Analysis and Strategy Implications; Implementing Human Resources and Operational Strategies
  8. Implications of Best Practices for Competing in the Global Marketplace and Specific Foreign Markets
  9. Leading Globally
  10. Cross Border Collaboration, Ethnicity, and Future of Global Environment
  11. Boundaryless Strategies


In addition to the traditional characteristics of effective leaders such as business/technical acumen, leadership intelligence and execution competence, leaders in today’s global business environment must:

  1. think globally,
  2. acknowledge cultural diversity,
  3. handle shared leadership roles,
  4. build partnerships and alliances
  5. manage difficult issues unique to global business

After completing this course, you should be able to:  

  1. Embrace cultural diversity and analyze the distinctions between countries.
  2. Assess the implications of economic, social, political, and environmental aspects of development at  the policy making level.
  3. Interpret the necessities, economies, and policies of global trade and investment when considering globalizing the organization.
  4. Differentiate between the various strategies that businesses can design to compete in the global marketplace and enter specific foreign markets.
  5. Evaluate the role played by marketing, operations, and human resource management within an international business.
  6. Compile and synthesize which theory(ies) of leadership and leadership roles that apply to this ever changing environment.


You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the College's textbook supplier, MBS Direct, available at:

Required Textbooks

  1. Bartlett, Christopher, and Beamish, Paul (2011). Transnational management: Text, cases, and readings in cross border management (6th ed.). McGraw-Hill Irwin Publishers.

ISBN: 978-0078137112

  1. Martin, J. & Chaney, L. (2012). Global business etiquette: A guide to international communication and customs (2nd ed.). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.

ISBN: 978-0313397172


Leadership in a Global Environment is a three-credit online course, consisting of four (4) modules. Modules include an overview, learning objectives, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.

  1. Module 1: Overview of Global Environment

  1. Module 2: Strategic Imperatives of Global and Transnational Management

  1. Module 3: Organizational Challenge

  1. Module 4: Managerial and Leadership Implications

Consult the course Calendar for assignment due dates.


For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete written assignments, and complete case studies. See below for more details.

Consult the course Calendar for assignment due dates.

Discussion Forums

In addition to an ungraded "Introductions" forum in Module 1, Leadership in a Global Environment requires you to participate in eight (8) graded discussion forums based on information from the textbook and journal articles.

Communication with the mentor and among fellow students is a critical component of online learning. Participation in online discussions involves two distinct activities: an initial response to a posted question (discussion thread) and subsequent comments on classmates' responses.

You will be evaluated both on the quality of your responses (i.e., your understanding of readings, concepts, and practices as demonstrated by well-articulated, critical thinking) and quantity of your participation (i.e., the number of times you participate meaningfully in the assigned forums). Responses and comments should be properly proofread and edited, professional, and respectful.

Meaningful participation in online discussions is relevant to the content, adds value, and advances the discussion. Comments such as "I agree" and "ditto" are not considered value-adding participation. Therefore, when you agree or disagree with a classmate, the reading, or your mentor, state and support your agreement or disagreement.

For additional information on grading, see the Grading Rubric for Discussion Forums at:

Written Assignments and Case Studies

You are required to complete four (4) written assignments, and four (4) case study papers. The assignments are on a variety of topics associated with the courses modules.

Some assignments consist of essay questions based on associated chapters in the textbook and your personal reflection. Familiarize yourself with the written assignment questions before you begin each unit's study assignment. Conversely, be sure to complete all relevant readings before answering the questions.

When you have completed all of the assigned reading for a written assignment, prepare your answers to the written assignment questions. These questions require critical thinking. Take the time to determine what you need to include to present a thoughtful, complete response that conveys your understanding of the course materials.

Formulate responses in your own words (do not merely copy answers from your reading materials); however,

support the points you make with information from your course materials and from outside sources. Cite and

document all sources of information with an appropriate reference. Due dates for each assignment are listed in the course Calendar.

  1. Use essay style response.
  2. Use double spaced pages, in Times New Roman 12-point font.
  3. Follow APA style for grammar, citations, and references (see:
  4. Include at least 3 scholarly sources in addition to the course texts and website reference.

Written Assignments must be 3-5 typed, double spaced pages in length (not including title page or reference page).

Case Studies must be 5-8 typed, double spaced pages in length (not including title page or reference page).

For additional information on grading, see the Grading Rubric for Written Assignments and Case Studies at:


Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

  1. Online discussions (8)—24 percent
  2. Written assignments (4)—36 percent
  3. Case studies (4)—40 percent

All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:






























Below 60

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or better (for an area of study course) or D or better (for a non-area of study course), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings, etc.).


First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

  1. Read carefully the entire Syllabus, making sure that all aspects of the course are clear to you and that you have all the materials required for the course.

  1. Take the time to read the entire Online Student Handbook. The Handbook answers many questions about how to proceed through the course, how to schedule exams, and how to get the most from your educational experience at Thomas Edison State College.

  1. Arrange to take your examination(s) by following the instructions in this Syllabus and the Online Student Handbook.

  1. Familiarize yourself with the learning management systems environment—how to navigate it and what the various course areas contain. If you know what to expect as you navigate the course, you can better pace yourself and complete the work on time.

  1. If you are not familiar with Web-based learning be sure to review the processes for posting responses online and submitting assignments before class begins.

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:

  1. To stay on track throughout the course, begin each week by consulting the course Calendar. The Calendar provides an overview of the course and indicates due dates for submitting assignments, posting discussions, and scheduling and taking examinations.

  1. Check Announcements regularly for new course information.


Students at Thomas Edison State College are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.

Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State College expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the College insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty takes the following forms:

  1. Cheating
  2. Plagiarizing (including copying and pasting from the Internet without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources)
  3. Fabricating information or citations
  4. Facilitating acts of dishonesty by others
  5. Unauthorized access to examinations or the use of unauthorized materials during exam administration
  6. Submitting the work of another person or work previously used without informing the mentor
  7. Tampering with the academic work of other students

Academic dishonesty will result in disciplinary action and possible dismissal from the College. Students who submit papers that are found to be plagiarized will receive an F on the plagiarized assignment, may receive a grade of F for the course, and may face dismissal from the College.

A student who is charged with academic dishonesty will be given oral or written notice of the charge. If a mentor or College official believes the infraction is serious enough to warrant referral of the case to the academic dean, or if the mentor awards a final grade of F in the course because of the infraction, the student and the mentor will be afforded formal due process.

If a student is found cheating or using unauthorized materials on an examination, he or she will automatically receive a grade of F on that examination. Students who believe they have been falsely accused of academic dishonesty should seek redress through informal discussions with the mentor, through the office of the dean, or through an executive officer of Thomas Edison State College.


Using someone else's work as your own is plagiarism. Although it may seem like simple dishonesty, plagiarism is against the law. Thomas Edison State College takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing will be severely penalized. If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > "Citing Sources.")

Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else's. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.

Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.

Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.

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