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2010/2011  BA-CREI  Corporate Response to European Integration

English Title
Corporate Response to European Integration

Course Information

Language English
Point 7,5 ECTS (225 SAT)
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Quarter
Course Period Second Quarter
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study Board
Study Board for BSc in International Business
Course Coordinator
Martin Jes Iversen
Main Category of the Course
  • International Politics
  • Management
Last updated on 29 maj 2012
Learning Objectives
After having completed the course the students should be able to:
Describe the content of the most important European Constitutions, Acts and Directives
Understand the dynamic relationship between European integration and corporate growth strategies within various business sectors
Analyze European economic integration through economic integration theories as presented by Jacques Pelkmans
Integrate the dynamics of economic integration and corporate growth strategies by the use of Richard Whittingting and Michaels Mayers concepts of a Strategy, Structure, Ownership and Performance (SSOP) analysis.
Synthezise the development of six economic key sectors (aviation, banking, energy, railways, shipping and telecommunication) seen in relation to European integration
Corporate Response to European Integration
Assessment Oral with Written Assignment
Marking Scale 7-step scale
Censorship Internal examiners
Exam Period December/January
20 min. individual oral exam based on group assignments with 3-5 students and a length of 8 pages per student
Prerequisites for Attending the Exam
Course Content

This course aims to investigate the impact of European political-economic integration on business strategies, structures, ownership and performance (SSOP). The course is focused on the relationship between national and international institutional frameworks and the corporate changes among European enterprises. We will particularly focus on corporate responses to institutional changes within six internationalised key sectors: aviation, banking, energy, railways, shipping and telecommunication.
The course will be divided in three themes. The first theme covers a general introduction to the theories of institutional change and to the European institutions in terms of the relevant legal frameworks and the political decision-taking processes. The second theme concerns particular industries in relation to European integration. The third theme concerns an in-depth study of a company in relation to European integration. The students will work in groups and choose a Danish or North European company within one of the three focus sectors.

Practical Application of Theory
The point of departure of this course is the traditional theoretic framework of economic integration studies combined with Neil Fligsteins economic-sociological approach to the formation of markets over time.

Relation to International Business or an Institutional Setting
The core of the course is the analysis of the relation between economic integration policies in Europe and the changing corporate growth strategies with in various sectors including utilities, services and finance. This perspective includes an in depth, empirical and theoretically based understanding of the influence that public regulation has on the development of strategies in European companies.

Research Based Teaching
The course is partly based on research made by the lecturer on corporate responses to European integration in Denmark and the lectures six months visit to Neil Fligstein in 2009.

Teaching Methods
The course is based on a combination of lectures, case based guest lectures, written assignments and student presentations.

Neil Fligstein: Euro-Clash, Oxford University Press (2008) and Compendium