Course Textbook: Elements of Multinational Strategy by Keith Head, Springer: 2008. This book is available in print (e.g., from the UBC Bookstore) or online via SpringerLink for UBC students (click on the above link for the PDF file). The material covered in this course follows chapters 1-6 in Professor Head's book closely. To access the online version, make sure that you are connecting from a UBC domain or through the UBC virtual private network (myVPN.ubc.ca).
The two textbooks below explore topics in much greater depth than is possible in the course. For those who are interested in legal and logistical aspects of international trade, the textbooks below provide excellent introductions.
- Ray August, Don Mayer, and Michael Bixby: International Business Law: Text, Cases, and Readings, 6th edition, Pearson, 2013.
- Pierre David: International Logistics: The Management of International Trade Operations, 4th edition, Cicero Books, 2013.
Newspaper Articles: You are required to read and prepare assigned articles and cases in advance of the class in which the articles are discussed. Most URLs on this web page provide direct links to the resources as some newspapers and magazines offer limited but free access. Other URLs involve authentication through UBC's EZproxy. If you encounter problems accessing an article, please contact the instructor. Alternative access is available through ProQuest for The Economist magazine and the The New York Times newspaper.Globalization
- A troubling trajectory,
The Economist, December 13, 2014.
- Elisabeth Malkin: Manufacturing Jobs are Exiting Mexico,
The New York Times, November 5, 2002.
- Pete Engardio: Can the U.S. Bring Jobs Back Home?,
Businesweek, June 19, 2008.
- Charles Duhigg and Keith Bradsher: How the US Lost Out on iPhone Work,
The New York Times, January 21, 2012.
- Jean Michel Laurin: Canada's Global Trade Agenda: Opportunities for SMEs,
The Globe and Mail, Issue Brief, 2013.
- The big-box game: The largest container lines are bulking up to try to withstand a fresh downturn,
The Economist, October 31, 2015.
- The Big Mac index: Global exchange rates, to go,
The Economist, July 1, 2013.
- Eric Sylvers: Ikea Index Indicates the Euro Is Not a Price Equalizer Yet,
The New York Times, October 23, 2003.
- Life after Doha,
The Economist, December 14, 2013.
- The Canada-EU trade deal: Signed, not sealed,
The Economist, September 28, 2014.
- NAFTA at 20: Ready to take off again?,
The Economist, January 4, 2014.
- Protectionism: The hidden persuaders,
The Economist, October 12, 2013.
- Dan Levin: Lurching Start for Tesla in China,
The New York Times, February 10, 2015.
- Colum Murphy: Tesla Runs Out of Charge in China,
Wall Street Journal, March 9, 2015.
- EVolution—Electric vehicles in Europe: gearing up for a new phase,
Amsterdam Roundtables Foundation and McKinsey&Company, March 2014.
- Sven Grundberg and Niclas Rolander: Tesla Sedan Roars Ahead in Norway,
Wall Street Journal, October 2, 2013.
- Tesla's high-stakes gamble,
The Economist, September 22, 2014.
- Nick Gibbs: Tesla could open factory in Europe, Musk sasys,
Automotive News, June 12, 2014.
- John Voelcker: Electric-Car Fast-Charging Networks: Competition Heats Up,
Green Car Reports, January 23, 2015.
- Neil Winton: Tesla Should Turn Off Subsidies, Wall Street Journal Europe Says,
Forbes Magazine, February 16, 2015.
- Jad Mouawad: Tesla Delivers Model X, Its First Sport Utility Vehicle,
The New York Times, September 30, 2015.
- Aaron M. Kessler: Tesla Adds High-Speed Autonomous Driving to Its Bag of Tricks,
The New York Times, October 15, 2015.
- Tom Randall: How Tesla's Model 3 Could Conquer Low-End Luxury,
Bloomberg News, March 22, 2016.
Case Studies: We will discuss Eric Van den Steen's Tesla Motors – HBS Case Study in class. I have purchased this case for all students enrolled in this module. The PDF file with the HBS case is available for downloading—free of charge—after logging in to the course management system (click on the "Login" tab above). Please note that the course package is for your personal use only and is not to be shared or distributed in any form.
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