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David Birdsong, Chair 201 W 21ST STREET STOP B7600, HRH 2.114A, AUSTIN, TX 78712 • 512-471-5531

Spring 2005

F C 345 • DOING BUSINESS IN FRANCE - W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
34065 MWF
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
HRH 3.102A
GUILLOTEAU

Course Description

This course will be taught in English. The trend of internationalizing business and services forces companies to cope with cultural differences inside a company and when sending executives and their families abroad. In a foreign country there are more than language barriers to overcome. Methods which work at home can lead to failure abroad. Likewise, the most competent manager can damage an operation if not properly prepared for his or her stay in the host country. This course is designed to help you cross cultural boundaries, whether you are planning on living abroad as a student, an intern, or an employee. It is not meant to be a technical business course, but rather a course that will help you understand what culture shock is, and how you can prepare yourself for it.

Grading Policy

• Class participation and preparedness (15%) Students are expected to read the assigned materials prior to the class meeting and be prepared to discuss the material at length. Note that this portion of the grade is also based on attendance. • Exams (30%) During the semester, there will be three fifty minute exams covering material in the readings and class discussions. • Article Analysis (25%) Students will be required to locate five newspaper, magazine, or Internet articles which illustrate issues in French (business) culture or cross-cultural interactions. Article analyses are papers (2-3 pages, double-spaced, typed) which begin with a summary of the article followed by an analysis which delineates the relevant cultural elements. Three of the five article analyses will be group projects. • Report and Presentation (30%) By the end of the semester you are expected to complete a research report about a particular company with operations in France and how that company prepares its American employees for living, working, and successfully functioning there. You will give a presentation to the class on your findings. This is a group project.

Texts

Au Contraire! Figuring Out the French by Gilles Asselin and Ruth Mastron Intercultural Press, 2001 Course Packet (Speedway Copies on the ground floor of Dobie Mall)

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