Global Business Management

*The Global Business Management concentration has been retired as of August 1, 2021. Current students pursuing this concentration are able to continue and complete it.

The concentration for Global Business Management is a multidisciplinary stream that allows a student to take courses on the practice of management in a global context and to acquire a global mindset. The focus of the concentration is management of a global firm or the practice of management in a global context. The concentration combines coursework in global management and global functions with an experiential component to experience global management directly. It also broadens the understanding of the global management context by offering a wide selection of international business and liberal arts courses. Minimum competency levels in a second language, although not required, add to the credibility of this concentration. Students will obtain a total of 16 credits as outlined below.

Sponsored by: Glavin Office of International Education, Management Division, Marketing Division, Accounting and Law Division, and Economics Division

Concentration Contact: Renee Graham, Assistant Director, Short-Term Programs

Concentration contacts serve as advisers to those students who have an interest in the given concentration; you should feel free to contact the staff member and/or faculty member with questions.

Required Courses

Requirement A

Objective: To build the base for managing in a global context.

Two courses are required from the following group to complete this concentration:

  • COM 3504 Communicating in Global Virtual Teams (formerly MOB 3504 Communicating in Global Virtual Teams) 
  • FIN 4570 Global Financial Management
  • LAW 3560 International Law for Business
  • LAW 3601 Public International Law
  • MKT 4505 Strategic Marketing 
  • MKT 4560 Global Marketing Management
  • MOB 3560 Global Strategic Management
  • MOB 3582 Global Management Communication (not currently offered)

Requirement B

Objective: To broaden and/or deepen the global perspective beyond one's primary business focus through exposure to intercultural concepts that support working in a global environment.

One course is required from the following group, exclusive to Requirement A or C courses. This list is not all inclusive, please consult with concentration contact for additional course approvals:

  • Language studies at the advanced level - 4610 (level 2); 4620 (level 3); 4630 (level 4); 4640 (level 5); 4645 (level 6) 
  • ARB 4640 Arabic Cinema & Culture
  • COM 3504 Communicating in Global Virtual Teams (formerly MOB 3504 Communicating in Global Virtual Teams) 
  • CVA 2002 African American Historical Foodways 
  • CVA 2004 India: World Religion 
  • ECN 3615 Money, Banking, and the Economy
  • ECN 3625 The EU Today: Economic and Political Integration (formerly Economic and Political Integration in the European Union)
  • ECN 3645 Business and Economic Policy in Developing Countries
  • ECN 3660 International Trade Theory and Policy
  • ECN 3662 Political Economy of Latin American Development and Underdevelopment
  • ECN 3665 International Finance
  • ECN 3677 Regional Economies - Prospects and Tensions in Latin America's Southern Cone
  • ENV 4605 Global Environmental Activism
  • EPS 3508 Entrepreneurship and New Ventures in China
  • EPS 3524 Made in Japan: Culture and Opportunities
  • EPS 3532 International Entrepreneurship
  • EPS 4534 Living Family Business
  • FIN 4570 Global Financial Management
  • FLM 4505 Culture through Film in Middle East
  • FRN 4640 Advanced French: Cinema, Culture, and Conversation
  • GDR 4605 Global Gender Politics
  • HIS 3608 Social Responsibility in Malaysia
  • HIS 4610 Social Responsibility in Malaysia & Thailand (formerly Laos)
  • HIS 4612 Drugs and Intoxicants in World History
  • HIS 4619 Crossroads Manhattan
  • HSS 2004 Megacities: Globalization and the many spaces of Delhi
  • HSS 2006 South Asian History
  • HSS 2008 Global Politics
  • HSS 2013 China Today
  • HSS 2028 Global Politics
  • HUM 4611 Current Issues in Latin American Fiction and Film
  • HUM 4615 The City as Text: Mapping Cultural Histories in Barcelona and Madrid
  • HUM 4614 Postmodernism: Future Culture
  • LAW 3560 International Law for Business
  • LAW 3601 Public International Law
  • LIB 3603 Encounters with BRIC: Comparative Analysis in Cross Cultural Context
  • LIT 4693 Play, Performance, Politics: The London Stage 
  • LIT 4694 European Theater in Theory and Practice: London, Stratford, and Dublin
  • LVA 2006 Russia in Modernity: History, Politics, and Culture
  • LVA 2013 Global Cinema
  • MKT 4505 Strategic Marketing 
  • MKT 4560 Global Marketing Management 
  • MOB 3540 Israel Start-up Strategy
  • MOB 3546 Contemporary Strategic Issues in Chile
  • MOB 3555 Paris Start-up Strategy
  • MOB 3560 Global Strategic Management
  • MOB 3582 Global Management Communication (not currently offered) 
  • MOB 3583 The Business Environment in Russia
  • SPN 4615 Advanced Spanish Communications 
  • SPN 4645 Spanish for the Global Markets

Requirement C

Objective: To put into practice the coursework and skills learned in Requirement A & B by engaging in a global experience.

One experience (minimum of 4 credits) is required from the following experiential options*:

  • EPS 4515 Affordable Design for Entrepreneurship 
  • Semester Abroad, BRIC, or Summer Abroad 
  • Babson Electives Abroad
  • International Consulting Experience
  • Honors International Program in London
  • Management Consulting Field Experience (MCFE) with an international company/international content
    • Approval of a MCFE project for this concentration is required during the MCFE application process 
  • International Project/Independent Study
    • An Independent Project/Study with a sponsoring Babson faculty must be approved by the concentration contact for this concentration
  • Glavin Global Fellows (GGF) or Babson Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy (BELA)
    • These experiences are non-credit bearing. In lieu of credit a student must take an additional (4 credit) course listed in Requirement A or B

*Students can be waived from this requirement by demonstrating that he/she/they has achieved the stated objective through previous experience. If a waiver is approved, the student must replace the experience requirement with an additional (4 credit) course listed in Requirement A or B.

General Information

  • Students who take courses during an Education Abroad experience must receive course approval from the concentration contact to fulfill a requirement. No more than two (2) courses taken abroad may be approved for this concentration. 
  • Babson Electives Abroad and International Consulting Experiences are offered through the Glavin Office of International Education.
  • Management Consulting Field Experience (MCFE) is offered through Babson's Center for Career Development (CCD). 

Curriculum Mapping for Education Abroad​

The curriculum map below is intended to be a guide, providing a sample framework to complete the requirements for a concentration and spend a semester abroad on an approved Education Abroad Program through the Glavin Office. Students can utilize the curriculum map as a starting point for creating an academic plan that is specific to their personal, career, and academic goals.

Global Business Management Concentration Curriculum Map »​​