The Lucas College of Business links cutting edge business education with award winning international programs, preeminent global companies, and student organizations focused on global business to provide students with extensive opportunities.
In addition to faculty members providing a global perspective in a wide range of business concentrations, students have many options for developing their cross-cultural skillsets and global networks. Numerous programs, classes and organizations at the Lucas College and the rest of SJSU help students enhance their global education and leverage connections with professionals in globally focused organizations.
We offer a variety of classes throughout our academic programs that incorporate the global business lens into the curriculum. Students can explore business topics such as economics, finance, marketing, human resource management, leadership, operations and supply chain management from a global perspective.
Student organizations with an emphasis on international perspectives provide additional opportunities for students to focus on international business, cultivate global leadership skills and participate in internships abroad. These student organizations emphasize bringing global internship opportunities and cross-cultural collaboration to students as a core purpose.
We present a wide selection of globally oriented programs structured to empower global citizenship through international work with established companies, global dialogue, and travel. Our programs provide opportunities for students to network with international business professionals, participate in international internships, attend dedicated lectures on global leadership and create a personal development plan to realize their global business aspirations.
International Business Association
The International Business Association of San Jose State University exists to support students on their journey toward global citizenship. We provide the connections, resources, networking opportunities, and mentorship necessary to help students create their own unique path toward a truly global career. We encourage travel, exploration, curiosity, and the insatiable need to learn. We pledge to never fear things that are foreign to us or different. We embrace change, delight in similarities, but relish the differences across cultures.
AIESEC is the world’s largest student run organization and is the international platform for young people to discover and develop their potential to have a positive impact on society. AIESEC is present in over 107 countries and territories, providing over 7,700 leadership positions and delivering over 470 conferences to our membership of over 35,000 students in over 1700 universities around the world. AIESEC also runs an exchange program that affords over 5,500 students and recent graduates the opportunity to live and work in abroad. We attract and cultivate young people with global mindsets while giving organizations an incredible opportunity to interact and access young people from all corners of the globe.
Global Operations Management Association (GOMA)
Brings students closer to the global operations industry by giving them tools to succeed in the field. Our mission is to create leaders who will help innovate the global landscape in the operations industry.
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Thompson Global Internship Program
The Thompson Global Internship program provides an extraordinary experience for LCoB students to live abroad while earning credit and completing a project for a renowned international organization, Crown Worldwide Group. Students work in teams with other similarly qualified students on a significant and meaningful project at Crown's headquarters in Hong Kong or at one of its other many global locations. Given the Crown Worldwide Group’s numerous sectors and extensive operations, students may work in a wide range of business functions and areas. Crown Worldwide Group generously funds student travel expenses, accommodations and provides a salary and per diem.
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Global Leadership Advancement Center
The Global Leadership Advancement Center (GLAC) is a research and training institute located in the College of Business at San José State University. GLAC was established in 2009, GLAC is funded by the generosity of the Donald and Sally Lucas Foundation.The Center provides research driven experiences for the development of global leadership skills and knowledge. Offerings include the Global Leadership Laboratory (GLLab) and the Global Leadership Passport Program. The GLLab provides assessment, training modules and experiential learning opportunities to educate students and managers to be more effective in global contexts. The Passport Program works with students to build a personal development plan to take advantage of SJSU's global and cross cultural co-curricular activities and courses to develop a global mindset and global leadership skills.
SJSU offers a range of Study Abroad programs for a single semester or the academic year. Programs are available at over 250 universities in 55 different countries. Generally, you pay SJSU fees and take classes abroad, many of which will count towards your degree. The Lucas College provides scholarships to support semester and year long study abroad experiences (generally $500 to $2000). Start by working with the study abroad office (www.sjsu.edu/studyabroad). Once you are accepted into a program, you will receive an invitation to apply for a Lucas College study abroad scholarship.
Faculty-Led Programs (FLP) are overseas courses taught by SJSU faculty from various academic fields for 2 - 4 weeks during the academic breaks of winter, spring, and summer. FLPs typically provide credits of 3 - 6 units. A majority of our programs satisfy upper division GE courses (Area R, S, & V) and major-specific courses. See the program list at http://www.sjsu.edu/gei/flp/programs/summer/index.html for a sampling of the exciting and educational FLP offerings. Many Lucas College students join programs headed up by non-Business faculty but we also have several excellent programs offered by Business Faculty. The College provides scholarships for FLP student participants (generally $500). Start by working with the FLP office and faculty leaders. Once you are accepted into a program, you will receive an invitation to apply for a Lucas College study abroad scholarship.
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The Lucas College has a strong portfolio of globally focused classes to help students develop the skills and knowledge to compete successfully in our globalized business world. Below is a sampling of our offerings. Check the current class schedule at info.sjsu.edu to identify faculty to contact for more information on each class or meet with an adviser at the Jack Holland Student Success center to see how these courses might enhance your academic plan -- connect with the student success center at: www.sjsu.edu/lcobssc
Focuses on the determination of exchange rates and the workings of international financial markets. Develops exchange rate parity relationships and techniques for hedging exchange rate risk. Strategies for managing working capital, long term debt, fixed asset selection and international financial reporting are also examined.
Bus 187 Global Dimensions of Business(Required by all concentrations in the BSBA major)
An integrative interdisciplinary foundation for more specialized courses and self-directed learning. Provides an overview of economic, social, cultural and political/legal forces and factors influencing crossborder business and an introduction to international dimensions of business functions and operations.
BUS3 183 - Global Entrepreneurship
Will explore the opportunities that entrepreneurs create, encounter and change in the global and cross-cultural arena. It will examine how entrepreneurs adapt to and succeed in a global economy and how institutional networks facilitate global and immigrant entrepreneurship.
Impact of the international business environment on the development of marketing strategy and marketing mix, with emphasis on development of a global perspective and cultural sensitivity. Also covers international trade, importing and exporting.
Why not use PacRim marketing methods in PacRim markets? Americans tend to be short-term, sales-oriented. Asians tend to be relationship oriented. Why not master both marketing methods? Focus: Launching a ""start-up"". Topics: PacRim forms of product-launch, sales presentation, negotiation, promotion, PacRim risks.
Management functions and practices in an international context; comparison of management and business practices from various political and cultural perspectives; emphasis on what managers need to be aware of in order to perform in the international environment.
Why not use Third World marketing methods in Third World markets? Russian, African and Islamic regions pose special risks for U.S. marketers. Focus: Third World ways to cope. Topics: Bribery, corruption, terrorism, smuggling, as well as Anti-Americanism, Market-Communism, Fundamentalist Islam.
Personnel practices in international context; cross-cultural management, human resource planning, recruitment and selection, expatriation/repatriation, training, performance appraisal, compensation and benefits, labor relations as experienced by multinational corporations; comparative human resource management.
Studies operations management issues unique to manufacturers with extensive international operations. Educational objectives are to develop an understanding of: the strategic tradeoffs associated with global operations, total supply chain management and the economics of transnational logistics.
Addresses concepts/tools for effective and efficient management of supply chains. Topics include materials planning/control, sourcing strategy, strategic alliances, information technology role, quality/customer issues, inventory management, and distribution/logistics management.
BUS165A Global Leadership
This course introduces students to global leadership and its development and is designed for students who want to work effectively with people in diverse settings. Taught experientially, the course involves simulations, innovation projects, and extensive individual feedback.
Course is designed with a faculty-led program abroad. Students gain first-hand knowledge of the historical, institutional, and cultural factors influencing business and management practices in the destination country. May be repeated for credit with a different country destination.
Course focuses on the strategic challenges and the strategic management of firms that operate and compete in a global environment. Course provides an overarching experience in international business by integrating knowledge and previous international business learning.
BUS 163A Negotiating Globally
Introduces a theoretical framework and skill-building exercises for negotiating agreements, resolving disputes, and making decisions across cultures. Builds awareness of the global negotiating environment including cultural and institutional factors. Applicable to commercial transactions, employee relations, contract disputes, and international diplomacy.
BUS 163B Globalization and Innovation in Emerging and Developing Markets
This course investigates the world economy, specifically emerging and developing markets and provides an in-depth understanding of how institutions shape the strategies that firms employ and the actions that managers take in these countries.