15.224 Global Markets, National Politics and the Competitive Advantage of Firms

Spring 2003

Two flags waving outside an office building.
Flags of the European Union and Spain wave outside an office building. (Image courtesy of Alberto Villén, http://www.sxc.hu/index.html.)

Course Highlights

Both study questions and a list of cases used in the course are available.  In addition, a "Note on Analyzing Business Environments" guides students as they evaluate businesses around the globe.

Course Description

This course examines the opportunities and risks firms face in today's global world. The course provides conceptual tools for analyzing how governments and a variety of social and economic institutions influence competition among firms embedded in different national settings. Public policies and institutions that shape competitive outcomes are examined through cases and analytic readings on different companies and industries operating in both developed and emerging markets.  In addition to traditional case/class discussions, this course will include some presentations by various guest speakers. The hope is that greater exposure to/interaction with these real-world practitioners will "bring to life" some of the issues discussed in the readings/cases. Whenever possible, informal dinners and/or coffees will be organized for small groups of students interested in meeting with our guest speakers.

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.

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Prof. Richard Locke

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session