Faculty and Courses offered

Courses in summary

Faculty Home institution Course number Course title
Dr. Christie Burton Clayton State SOSC 4800/TECH 4800 Organizational Behavior
    INTL 2800 / SUPR 1103 Teamwork & Leadership
Dr. Grace O Georgia State Econ 4990 Special Topic: Economic Growth and Development: Case study of South Korea
    Econ 4990 Special Topic: International Finance: Case study of South Korea
Dr. DK Kim Dalton State BUSA 2106 Environment of Business

Course descritpions`

ECON 4990 Special topics in economics: Economic Growth and Development: Case study of South Korea
The subject matter of international finance consists of issues raised by the special problems of economic interaction between sovereign states. This course will introduce the main concepts and theories of international finance and illustrates them with applications drawn from the real world. This course will address a wide range of issues, including the balance of payments, exchange rate determination, international policy coordination, the international capital market, the role of common currency. It also includes the recent international financial crisis in Greece, Argentina, and elsewhere; especially focusing on South Korea’s case with global perspectives. Studying aspects of the South Korean economy will take place with discussions with central bank officials, financial institute bankers and public officials the state, visits of its main industry, and major commercial districts. This course can be used an upper level of electives of economics course.

ECON 4990 Special topics in economics: International Finance: Case study of South Korea
This course is designed to give students a broad understanding of the workings of the South Korea’s economy, infrastructure, and governance. Through a series of lectures, discussions with industry and public officials, and site visits, students will examine the foundation of economic growth and South Korea’s development plan, and understanding of its case study. The site visits include state department, central bank, commercial bank, and tour of major industries; such as POSCO steel company at Pohang, Samsung cellphone, Hyundai car factory, pop culture industry sites; movies, TV stations and K-Pop (Korea M-net) as well as its school system public and private. This course can be used an upper level of electives of economics course.

SOSC 4800/TECH 4800 Organizational Behavior
Organizational behavior is the scientific study of the behavioral processes that occur in work settings. Concepts and methods from sociology, psychology, anthropology and management science will be used to explore and analyze the individual and group processes essential for high performing organizations. Students will gain an awareness and knowledge of contemporary organizational issues including group dynamics, motivation, leadership, organizational structure, morale, power, labor-management behavior and organizational change and development. Case studies of leading multinational South Korean companies such as Hyundai, LG, Samsung and Kia will be examined for their implications and applications of lessons learned. The instructor plans an in-depth video interview (to be used in a series of class discussion) with Kia’s U.S. facility in Georgia, the VP of Human Resources and Administration for KMMG, discussing the recent training of 160 workers in Korea as well as other topics that reveal the issues of transplanting a Korean management model to the U.S. The customer service and retail models of Itaweon’s successful tailor-made versus mass marketed ready-to-wear products will also be studied.

INTL 2800/SUPR 1103 Teamwork & Leadership
This course will familiarize students with methods of sound leadership and teamwork. Topics include basic leadership principles and how to use them to solicit cooperation, use of leadership to develop the best possible senior-subordinate relationships, the various decision-making processes, the ability to make sound and timely decision, leadership within the framework of the major functions of management, delegation of authority and responsibility and self-assessment of personal leadership skills. Organizational and national culture will be explored in the context of participating in and learning cross-cultural teams. A field trip Cheonan’s Independence Hall museum will explore South Korea’s historical and contemporary culture. Students will build a personal leadership portfolio, using self assessments, skill-building exercises, debates and reflective journaling. Hofstede’s national culture dimensions will be used as a lens for analysis and discussion, including reflection of the impact of Japanese occupation.

BUSA 2106 Environment of Business
Introduces the political, social, legal, ethical, environmental, and technological issues that affect or are affected by business decisions. Topics include stakeholder analysis, social responsibility, ethics, globalization, business-government relations, and fair trade.

Participating faculty contact information

Dr. Christie Burton                            
Department of Social Sciences           
Clayton State University                    Phone: 678-466-4636
2000 Clayton State Blvd.                    Fax:   678-466-4669
Morrow, GA 30260                            email:

Dr. Grace O
Andrew Young School of Policy School
Georgia State University                    Phone: 404-413-0048
14 Marietta St. NW                          Fax:   404-413-0145
Atlanta GA, 30303                           email:

Dr. DK Kim
School of Business                          Phone: 706-272-2041
650 College Drive                           Fax:
Dalton, GA 30720                            email: