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Central Europe

This course is worth one full-year credit and is contingent on adequate enrolment. Students are usually in class three days per week, in Brno, for two 90-minute sessions each morning; exact class times will be provided at the pre-departure orientation. Mandatory field trips are an integral part of each course, and will usually be in the form of a two- or three-day overnight trip to another city in Central Europe. Students do not have a lot of time for independent travel during the program but will have some free time on field trips to explore other cities on their own.

RSM395Y0 Special Topics: Strategy in the European Context

This course will introduce and apply strategic management concepts and frameworks to investigate how organizations leverage their position to succeed in Europe and beyond. Looking at both European success stories and global players competing in Europe, students will be introduced to the structure and regulatory frameworks governing European Union (EU) organizations, the perspective of the European manager and public policy-setter, and the cultures of the diverse EU consumer. The course is founded on managerial studies, but will draw upon a holistic set of disciplines and traditions to go “beyond strategy” and introduce students to those region-specific competencies and limitations that affect competition. Students can expect immersion into local Czech life, from the insights of local businesspeople and academics, to the stunning surroundings of the province of Moravia (eastern Czech Republic) and our beautiful host city of Brno. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: None
BR = None
RSM395Y0 – 2020 Course Outline

Field Trips: Students will participate in four extended excursions, one per week, during the course. The destinations include: Budapest (Hungary), Vienna (Austria), Krakow (Poland), and Prague. Visits will include local businesses and manufacturers, regional and historical attractions, and the UN regional headquarters. These trips will help situate the Czech Republic in the context of Central Europe and the EU markey more broadly. Transportation and shared accommodation are included. Shared accommodation will include hostels and budget hotels. Participants should expect to share rooms on these trips with multiple people. Note: this course will end in Prague after the final field trip and return transportation is not provided from Prague to Brno. The total cost of these field trips is CAD $2,000 (includes $70 to be paid onsite for some transportation and entrance fees).

Instructor: Jan Klakurka is a foresight and strategy practitioner with a professional background spanning twenty-five years in industry, professional services (strategy consulting and public accounting) and academia. As Chair of the Management & Organizational Studies program at Huron University College, Western University, and long-standing sessional Lecturer at Rotman, UTM and UTSC, Jan’s research is directed toward the intersection of strategic planning, lucid foresight and organizational governance. At Rotman, Jan founded the Real-Life Consulting Project in 2011 that to date has offered students 95+ innovative management consulting projects with industry leaders ranging from billion-dollar MNE’s to local niche players. Jan teaches a variety of strategy courses (Consulting, Strategic Management, International Strategy). At Huron, Jan has developed and teaches Canada’s first undergraduate course in Strategic Foresight & Futuring. As co-founder and Principal of Elevae Strategic Advisory, Jan advises on holistic business futures. Recent work includes a keynote covering consulting by academics, a book chapter on outcome evaluation, and judging the 2018 and 2019 Most Significant Futures Works of the Association of Professional Futurists.