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2018 Global Field Study
Tokyo and Nagoya, Japan

Graduate and Advanced Undergraduates are eligible to participate in the course.

Travel Dates: May 25-June 2, 2018 ¦ Course Flyer

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  • Course Background, MGMT 498 / MGMT 798 Global Field Study: Japan (3 credits)

    This course will expose students to Japanese business understanding. What is distinctly Japanese and what they acquired and also disseminated back to other countries. Japan is the third largest economy in the world by GDP. A significant exporter, the country is renowned for its automotive and electronic industries. Students will learn about management practices in Japan and how to work in a business context that is quite different from the United States. In addition, students will have the opportunity to attend cultural tours and understand more about daily life in Japan. It will be a rich and exciting week abroad unveiling one of the top global economies in the world.

  • Prerequisites

    Prerequisite: MGMT 605 for graduate students, MGMT 302 for undergraduates.  All students must be in good academic standing.

  • Instructors

    Merrick School of Business Dean, Murray Dalziel and Associate Professor of Information Systems Eusebio Scornavacca will be leading the course. Please contact Assistant Dean Kathea Smith if you need more information about the course. She can be reached at

  • Description 

    This course is being offered during Summer Session 2018. In addition, there are three required pre-/post-travel meetings at UB to be arranged according to participants’ schedule.

    Travel dates are May 25 - June 2, 2018.

    This global field study is organized by the Merrick School of Business in conjunction with Worldstrides, a travel company specializing in student study abroad trips. The program features visits to companies as well as educational interactions with students and faculty of the School of Business at Nagoya University of Business and Commerce. You will interact with local business leaders including those working in multi-national as well as local companies. The opportunity to discuss international issues in a multi-national setting will provide a significant learning opportunity. During visits to companies you will see international business in action and learn how successful companies compete in a global economy.

  • Course Design and Schedule

    During the pre-trip meetings, students will gain an understanding of Japanese culture. There will be five days of visits to companies and sights in Japan. Among other things, students will be required to keep a journal of what they learn from their experiences each day of the trip. Students will form teams to prepare a preliminary report about the companies that will be visited. During the trip, students will utilize information from each visit to formulate an analysis of managerial strategies. Written reports are due during the visit week and after returning. The overall goal of the trip is to learn about important business practices that help managers and their companies succeed in global business activities in Japan.

  • Required Pre-and Post-Trip Meetings

    Thursday, May 3, 2018 (tentatively) 
    Thursday, May 17, 2018 (tentatively) 
    Post-Trip Meeting, TBD
  • Total Cost and Payment Schedule

    The total estimated student cost for airfare, lodging, most local transportation, and trip organization is $3,500, in addition to 3-credit course tuition.

    All students will receive a $400 discount which has been automatically applied by the Merrick School of Business, making the total trips cost for enrolled students approximately $3,500. Additionally, the Wright Global Scholars fund will provide scholarships up to a maximum of $1,200 to eligible Merrick School of Business students.  A Wright Global Business Scholarship Application is required.  In addition to travel costs, normal tuition and fees will apply for this three-credit course for which you will register in the 2018 Summer Session semester. For more information, contact Assistant Dean Kathea Smith, at
    Travel Fee Payment Schedule:

    Initial Deposit: $1,500 (minimum 15 students) Due by Thursday, March 15, 20181

    Final Payment: $2,000 due by TBD2

    Course Tuition Due: Monday, May 23, 2018-  See the academic calendar.


    1 All payments are completely non-refundable. In addition to the travel costs, students are responsible for meals, travel insurance, incidental expenses and the tuition and fees associated with this three-credit (3) hour course in the 2018 Summer Session.
    2 Final payment amount is dependent upon individual scholarship award.

  • Scholarship Availability

    The Wright Global Scholars fund will provide scholarships up to a maximum of $1,200 to eligible students and all tuition paying students will receive $400 discount on the trip costs.

    A Wright Global Business Scholarship Application is required to be considered. 

    In addition to travel costs, normal tuition and fees will apply for this three-credit course. Course Tuition Due: Monday, May 23, 2018

  • Course Application, Registration and Next Steps

    Students will be given permission to enroll in MGMT 498/798 for Summer 2018. Registration for the Summer Session begins Monday, March 5, 2018. Approved students will be given permission to enroll in this course and will receive registration instructions after the initial deposit is collected.

    To obtain approval for this Field Study you must complete:

    1. Global Field Study Approval FormWright Global Business Scholarship Application form along with your resume and essay. All documents are submitted to Kathea Smith, Assistant Dean ( The essay should detail why you want to attend this particular trip and how the trip will help you personally, professionally, and academically. 

    2. Submit application to Kathea Smith, assistant dean ( 

    3. Acceptance based on evaluation of all of the above.

    4. If accepted, students register for MGMT 798 (or 498) for the Spring term 2018 semester. Course Tuition Due: Monday, May 23, 2018