International management is the practice of managing business, not-for-profit, governmental, or other entity's operations across countries. International management professionals are familiar with the culture, business practices, economic and political environment of countries in which multinational firms and/or other organizations operate. They have the skills needed to formulate effective management strategies in today’s globally complex and competitive environment.
Business is now recognized as a global practice, even if products and services never leave a local market. Global events and competition affect almost all companies and industry sectors. Therefore, it is important to understand the global environment as companies operate in more complex and diverse environment where international factors come into play.
About the International Management major
While students majoring in international management draw from fields such as history, English, political science, psychology, economics and sociology, our program focuses on two major themes: Global Strategy and Cultural Context. In the Global Strategy stream, students will be exposed to topics such as supply chain management, global finance, innovation in emerging markets and industrial location of multinational activities. In the Cultural Context stream, students will be exposed to topics such as cross-cultural management and marketing, global leadership, and regional aspect of international management and business.
The International Management major also allows students to enhance the skills needed to meet the challenges of doing business in an organization that faces different international pressures or that operates across countries.
International exchange requirement
Through the required international exchange (with more than 45 international partners), our students learn about managing cross-cultural differences and how work behaviour and business practices differ throughout the world. With these experiential learning opportunities, students will develop cross-cultural competencies and a global mindset.
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International is the world’s largest global business education network and the Dhillon School of Business is part of only six per cent of business schools worldwide accredited by this international network.
Students who graduate from an AACSB accredited school are contenders for careers with top, global organizations who only hire from AACSB accredited schools; they are offered more competitive salaries; they have a better chance of getting into graduate programs; and they have more employers interested in them after graduation.
When you graduate from the Dhillon School of Business you’ll get all these AACSB benefits as well as the assurance of the highest quality and most relevant education out there.
Students may also choose to add a minor to their international management major. A minor will enrich a student's resume and be recognized on their transcript. Several minors complement international management well, such as Supply Chain and Operation Management, Family and Small Business Management, Language (French, Japanese or Spanish) and Agriculture Enterprise Management. Learn more about our available minors.
Students can also benefit from the hands-on experience of enrolling in a six-week work-study program in Malaysia or Hungary. You'll gain practical work experience as well as apply and strengthen your conceptual, analytic and linguistic skills.
Experiential education opportunities
There are many opportunities for students to apply the theories they've learned in the classroom to real-life, hands-on situations. As a Dhillon student, you'll have access to these programs and more:
You can also visit our Dhillon School of Business website to learn about more student experience opportunities.
If you’re changing your focus professionally or if you do not wish to pursue an entire degree, complete a management certificate in this area of study.