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Business Behaviors

Behavioral differences due to complex interaction between biology, psychology, social environment. Consequences of “biopsychosocial” differences (risk preferences, emotions, cooperative behavior, intelligence, educational attainment, economic success, civic engagement, leadership skills), for economic/business behaviors examined. Impact of knowledge of gene-environment interplay. One course.

Markets and Marketing

Markets as systems of social exchange: their organization and development with special reference to the role of technological change in market evolution in various parts of the industrialized world. Sociological analysis of contemporary marketing including cross-national comparisons and the role of internet technologies; researching and preparing a marketing plan. Coverage of marketing includes attention to issues of values and ethics. One course.

Organizations and Management in Global Capital Markets: an Ethical Perspective

Analysis of financial, political and social consequences of business decisions made by financial institutions. How managers and corporations assess, envision and manage interactions with general, local, internal and natural environments within the current organizational structures of business, with focus on ethical perspectives. Examples and case studies of current decisions made by financial institutions will enhance critical thinking and reasoning to evaluate the process and consequences of these decisions. Offered only in the Duke in New York spring semester program. One course.

Organizations and Management

Dimensions and aspects of modern organizations and concepts and tools for analyzing them. Special attention to the impact of changing social and technological environments on the evolution of organizational structures and strategies and on issues related to business ethics. The structure and operation of organizations; how organizations are managed by analyzing processes of organizational decision making; business case studies as illustrative of the concepts and the analytical tools. One course.

Getting Rich: Financial Markets, Household Finance, and Wealth

The functioning of financial markets and their effect on personal wealth and well-being. Comparison of sociological and economic approaches to markets for housing, stocks and bonds, credit, and related instruments. Major topics: market performance, wealth accumulation, social and economic stratification, personal finance, consumption and luxury fever, business cycles, economic booms and crises, and public policy related to financial markets. One course.

Technology and Organizational Environments

How organizations (governments, private corporations, and non-profit organizations) are affected by the social, technological, and cultural environments in which they operate. Emphasis on how United States and Japanese cultures generate different modes of organization and differing environmental facilitators and obstacles. Competitive strategies (for example, mergers and takeovers) and the impact of technology on organizational structures (for example, the rapid diffusion of information technology). Research paper required, using either quantitative evidence or a case study approach.

Organizations and Global Competitiveness

Competition among national economies as understood in the context of social factors such as ethnicity, kinship, gender, and education, with a special emphasis on how technological change is reshaping the social, political, and economic bases of international competitiveness. Global industries in various regions of the world. Two research papers required, at least one of which involves the analysis of international trade data. One course.

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