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2011/2012  KAN-CMO_3PCI  Professional Competition in the International Political Economy

English Title
Professional Competition in the International Political Economy

Course Information

Language English
Point 7,5 ECTS (225 SAT)
Type Elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Course Period Autumn . Spring
Changes in course schedule may occur Thursday 12.35-15.10, week 6-13,15,16
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study Board
Study Board for BSc in Service Management
Course Coordinator
  • Leonard Seabrooke - Department for Business and Politics
Secretary Mette Grue Nielsen - mgn.dbp@cbs.dk
Main Category of the Course
  • Globalization, International Business, markets and studies
  • Political leadership, public management and international politics
  • Economic and organizational sociology
Last updated on 29 maj 2012
Learning Objectives
The course’s development of personal competences:
1. Evaluate and discuss a broad range of theoretical material and empirical studies concerning professions and professional competition in the international political economy.
2. Develop research skills through individual and group project work. With assistance, you will develop research questions for your written assignments and undertake an independent research project, which you will present to the class.
3. Develop advanced qualitative skills in the examination of case material, and basic quantitative skills used in network analysis.

1. To examine the changing environment for private and public sector professionals in the international political economy.
2. To engage critically with the key approaches of International Political Economy and Organizational Sociology in explaining professional competition, networking and lobbying in the international political economy.
3. To develop a critical understanding of the emerging international business agenda in which professionals operate.
Oral exam based on synopsis
Oral exam based on synopsis:
Assessment Oral with Written Assignment
Marking Scale 7-step scale
Censorship Internal examiners
Exam Period Spring Term
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Course Content

Who writes the rules for the governance of the world economy? In answering this question our minds may immediately turn towards international organizations, multinational corporations, non-governmental organizations and lobbying interests at the national, regional, and international levels. This course suggests that while all these answers to who should claim authorship over global economic governance are correct, they are only partial answers that hide more complex phenomena: professional competition. Professionals of various types fight over how to define problems in business and in government, they compete for prestige over who should regulate, and they network with their peers to maintain control and increase their market share. This course focuses on how professionals in the public and private sectors compete, network, and lobby to shape business and regulatory environments in the international political economy. The course applies both qualitative and quantitative analytic techniques and explores a range of theories. The course also provides a range of case studies, including studies of professional competition over financial reform, environmental regulation, the internet, wealth management, risk management, and international business practices.

Teaching Methods

Recommended literature:

Abbott, Andrew (1988) The System of Professions, Chicago: Chicago University Press.

Braithwaite, John and Peter Drahos (2000), Global Business Regulation, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Djelic, Marie-Laure and Kerstin Sahlin-Andersson (2006), Transnational Governance: Institutional Dynamics of Regulation, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Mattli, Walter and Ngaire Woods (eds) (2009) The Politics of Global Regulation, Princeton: Princeton University Press.


Fourcade, Marion (2009) Economists and Societies, Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Simmons, Beth A., Frank Dobbins, and Geoffrey Garrett (eds) (2008) The Global Diffusion of Markets and Democracy, Cambridge, MA: Cambridge University Press.