If you are teaching an International Business/Management or comparable
course in 2011 Winter/Spring semester, you may be interested in the
following teaching/research opportunity:

Last semester, we teamed up about 500 undergraduate students enrolled in
IB/IM courses in seven different countries to collaboratively develop
business proposals (simplified business plans) for a hypothetical IJVs. The
project also involved pre- and post-project surveys which, coupled with team
performance measures, provided data for an array of research papers. The
project went very well and we would like to repeat it again this
winter/spring semester – and we are looking for more partners.

How it works:

Students from different countries are randomly assigned in teams of 4-5.
Each student supposedly represents a parent company that has a preliminary
agreement with a number of other foreign companies to create an IJV. The
task is to collaboratively come up with an idea for an economically
promising product/service for the IJV, decide on the location where the
product will be produced, sold, provide suggestions for staffing policies
(e.g., expats/locals), marketing strategy, describe challenges the company
is likely to experience and suggest solutions, etc.

Project instructions used last semester could be found here:

The project instructions may be modified for the next semester, but the main
idea will likely remain the same.


To create further learning opportunities and to use the project for research
purposes, the students are required to complete a pre- and post-project
survey. The pre-project survey uses a series of Likert and open-question
items to measures students’ demographics, cultural values, perceived
differences among the participating countries (psychic distance), expected
degree of ease/difficulty of collaboration with representatives from each
participating country, and the list of challenges the students expect to
encounter when working on the project.

The post-project survey is largely the same but in addition also includes
peer evaluations, as well as asks to describe in detail the actual
experiences of working on the project.

In addition, each team’s performance is evaluated based on the quality of
the report, innovativeness and economic feasibility of ideas, thoroughness
of the business plan, timeliness, peer evaluations, reported conflicts and
challenges, etc.


We are looking for partners whose semesters start in January-February and
end in April-May of 2011.

Additional Information:

More information about the project could be found here:

If you would like to participate in the project, please contact Vas Taras (
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Recognizing that there may be interested parties whose schedule or
preferences are different from what has been suggested above, I put together
a page that helps find project partners who are on your schedule:

There are currently 34 listings, so chances are if you like the idea in
general, you can find project partners that fit your specific preferences.

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