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Global Management Major

The global management major enables students to develop expertise in the management of people, processes, and policies in a global context.

  • People - Enhancing and developing competencies to manage people across national and cultural boundaries.
  • Processes - Integrating knowledge development, product procurement, manufacturing, and distribution for a global supply chain.
  • Policies - Managing internal and external environments such as globally-dispersed stakeholders, corporate governance, and cross-border regulations.

A deep understanding of these interrelated areas, complemented by a concentration in a business function and a focused choice of arts and sciences courses, is critical for those who seek to add value to the firms of tomorrow.

Starting with the core material of traditional management theory and practice, the Global Management Major adds knowledge of global policy, economics, regulations, and operations. The integrated, forward-looking "people, process, policy model" provides students with an advantage in competing for attractive internships and full-time positions in multinational firms.

  • Earn a minimum of 120 Academic Credits
    • Including 18 Academic Credits in Global Management
  • Fulfill all
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.25 (C+) in all courses applied toward a global management major.
  • A “C-” or better must be earned in each course applied toward a global management major
  • Take a three-course complementary program (optional)

Available concentrations are accounting, finance, human resources management, marketing, business information systems, global management, and supply chain management

Foreign Language Requirement

Global management majors must complete foreign language study through the University of Pittsburgh at the Level 4 mark, with a minimum grade of C+ in each course, along with an additional 3-credit course in the language, also to be completed with a minimum grade of C+. If, for a particular language, the University offers instruction only through Level 4, this requirement is fulfilled by 3 credits of a course specific to the region in which the language is widely spoken, completed with a minimum grade of C+. For students already fluent in a second (or third) language, it is required that they earn at least 8 credits in another language with a minimum grade of C+ in each course.

Study Abroad Requirement

Global management majors must complete a study abroad experience. The requirement may be satisfied in either of the following ways:

  • An outside-of-the-US educational program of at least four weeks duration and at least three credits OR
  • An outside-of-the-US professional work experience in a business-related discipline of at least six weeks duration, with a minimum of 20 hours per week and at least one credit.

Either experience should be completed in a country which has as a primary language the student's language of study. For example, if the student's foreign language is German, he or she should satisfy the study abroad requirement in Germany. With approval, up to 6 credits of the major-area courses may be taken abroad as part of a semester study outside of the U.S.

A student is not permitted to earn both a global management major and a Certificate in International Business.

Careful planning is required to complete the global management major in four years.

Required Prerequisite Courses

Earn a minimum grade of “C” (2.00) in each of the following prerequisite courses:

  • ECON 0100: Introduction to Microeconomic Theory
  • ECON 0110: Introduction to Macroeconomic Theory
  • BUSORG 1020: Organizational Behavior
    Provides an overview of topics and concepts in the field of Organizational Behavior (OB). Emphasis is on developing a theoretical grasp of issues and problems and an understanding of practical implications of various theories of human behavior at work. Specific topics include leadership, motivation, teamwork, career issues, work roles, job enrichment, employee participation, and work and nonwork integration.
  • BUSHRM 1050: Human Resources Management
    Provides an introduction to the management of human resources at the organizational level. Human-resources management is viewed as an integral part of the basic management process and the orientation of the course is toward developing managerial skills useful in establishing organizational personnel policy. Specific topics include the role of human resources in the management process, human-resources planning and forecasting, job information systems, recruitment and selection, human-resources development, compensation, legal framework, and evaluation.

    Prerequisite/corequisite BUSORG 1020, 60 credits
  • BUSQOM 1070: Operations Management
    Provides foundations for managing operations technology—manufacturing and service. The management of operations of the conversion process will be discussed. The field is centered on the fundamental problem of any manager—taking inputs (raw materials) and transforming them efficiently and effectively into products resulting in a satisfied customer. Topics include: bottleneck and capacity analysis, and capacity expansion issues; decoupling the workstations—buffers versus internal and external variability; economies of scale in material handling and distribution—EOQ, MRP; reorder point computations; distribution and logistics management; scheduling of products, workforce, and other resources; and GT, JIT, CIM, and FMS.

    Prerequisite: BUSQOM 0050
  • BUSSPP 1080: Strategic Management
    Focuses on corporate and divisional policy formulation and implementation. The knowledge and techniques learned in earlier courses will be applied in an integrated fashion to the process of strategic decision making and organizational change. Among the topics considered in the course will be the relationships of organizations to their environments, the hierarchy of organizational objectives, structured as well as informal approaches to strategic planning, the integration of business functions, organizational structure, and policy implementation and evaluation. A significant aspect of the course is devoted to assessing the competitive dynamics of firms.

    Prerequisite: 90 earned credits and completion of nearly all of the CBA core courses

Required Major Courses

  • BUSORG 1655: International Dimensions of Organizational Behavior
    Provides an introduction to organizational behavior in a global context. Emphasis is on applying core organizational behavior concepts such as leadership, motivation, and group processes, as well as more contemporary topics such as cultural diversity and expatriation, to workers in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Develops an understanding of culture and cross-cultural differences and an awareness of the key skills needed to interact effectively in cross-cultural settings.Prerequisite: BUSORG 1020
  • BUSECN 1508: Key International Economic Issues for Managers
    This course introduces the broad field of international economics with emphasis on developing a framework for effective management in today's global economy. Key issues and problems are explored in areas of international trade, international investment, and international payments as viewed from the perspective of managers of enterprises operating in a cross-border, international environment. The approach will be verbal, graphical, and nontechnical and will draw from actual data sets and late-breaking news items from such business-oriented publications as the Financial Times, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. This course is required for students earning the International Business Certificate.Prerequisites: ECON 0100 and ECON 0110
  • BUSHRM 1670: Global Workforce Management & Change
    Offered in the fall term only.
    This course provides an integrative framework for understanding the business and legal challenges that are associated with effective workforce management around the world. As more and more companies try to leverage the benefits of a global labor market, it is critical to understand the challenges that managers must deal with as they try to coordinate work practices across country settings and prepare individuals for international assignments. Toward that end, we will examine how labor markets in the Americas, Europe and Asia compare in terms of labor costs, labor supply, workplace culture, and employment law. High-profile news events from developed and emerging economies will be used to illustrate the complex cultural and regulatory environment that multinational firms face in such areas as talent management, performance management, offshore outsourcing, downsizing and industrial relations. The last segment of the course will focus on the individual and organizational factors that promote successful expatriate assignments and globally-oriented careers.

    Prerequisite: BUSHRM 1050 Human Resource Management.
  • BUSSCM 1730: Managing Global Supply Chains
    Supply chain management explores the management of the flow of materials, information and funds through the network of suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, retailers and customers. Using the methodologies of optimization and simulation, where applicable, this course covers topics in distribution network design, inventory management, procurement and outsourcing, revenue management, and channel coordination. For marketing majors, this course counts as a marketing elective.

    Prerequisite: BUSQOM 1070)
  • BUSSPP 1740: Global Strategy and Competitive Advantage
    Offered in the spring term only.
    This course explores the opportunities and challenges of global business in the 21st Century to help you develop a sophisticated understanding of the global dimensions of competitive advantage. The discussions and exercises are designed to reveal the nuanced nature of competing globally, emphasizing both the increasing openness of borders and the continuing differences between countries. We will cover four broad topic areas: (1) Geopolitics and business - role of government in global business; global financial and economic systems; (2) How the rise of the emerging markets changes global business - multi-polar competition; "Bottom of the Pyramid" strategies; (3) Entry modes - cross-border M&A; international Strategic alliances; and (4) Strategy and organization - From MNC to Integrated Global Enterprises. The course will employ case study analysis and discussion, along with a set of readings that are drawn from both academic and practitioner sources. We will include analysis and discussion of how local companies have been impacted by, and have responded to, global competition. An individual research project that involves identifying and researching a global business topic of interest to you will be a key part of the course.

    Prerequisite: BUSSPP 1080 Strategic Management
  • BUSSPP 1745: Projects in Global Management
    The objective of this course is to provide the student a meaningful experience with a real-world client and problem. Each project is different, and in general will provide the opportunity for a team of students to apply various conceptual and analytic skills taught in the major and in CBA and to report to the client the results of these analyses. While any particular project may have a specific marketing, finance, organizational, accounting, strategic, operations, MIS, or HRM (or other) focus, each will have the common element of a global or cross border dimension. The client will provide a problem it deems important and a manager to work with the student team. Each team will also have a faculty advisor. Although not a capstone course, it is expected that most students would take this course in one of their final two terms of study.

Skills Needed

  • Learn at least one additional language and take part in a study abroad experience
  • Sharpen your public-speaking skills and communication skills between cultures
  • Demonstrate intercultural competency, sensitivity, and tolerance
  • Specialize in one area of business in addition to your Global Management major
  • Develop traits such as creativity, initiative, tenacity, a willingness to take risks, and an adventurous spirit

Types of Industries

  • International Business
  • International Relations/Government
  • Non-profit
  • Consulting Firms
  • Language services/education