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2012/2013  BA-PIBS  International Business Strategy

English Title
International Business Strategy

Course information

Language English
Exam ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Course period Spring
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study board
Study Board for BSc/MSc i International Business and Politics, BSc
Course coordinator
  • Larissa Rabbiosi - Center for Strategic Management and Globalization
Main Category of the Course
  • Corporate and Business Strategy
Last updated on 05-12-2012
Learning objectives
After having followed the course the students should be able to:
  • Identify and apply key theories, models and concepts of strategic management and economics to the greater understanding of international business strategy
  • Explain and give examples of alternative strategies, structures and operations of multinational corporations, appropriate in different international contexts, changing markets and political conditions
  • Analyze business case studies applying relevant concepts and theories of international business strategy
  • Formulate and justify relevant research questions relating to international business strategy applying theories and concepts from the curriculum
International Business Strategy:
Type of test Oral with Written Assignment
Marking scale 7-step scale
Second examiner Second internal examiner
Exam period May/June and August, The ordinary exam is in May/June. The re-examination is in August.
Aids Please, see the detailed regulations below
Duration Please, see the detailed regulations below
The exam consists of two parts:

(1) A written home assignment graded pass/fail by the examiner only. Students need to pass in order to take the subsequent oral examination. Each student is entitled to two attempts to pass the written assignment before signing up for the oral exam. The home assignment consists of a critical analytical discussion of a topic from an assigned case study. The assignment can be written by a group of maximum 3 students (max 1600 words, all inclusive). In the assignment, it has to be clearly indicated how each student contributed to it.

(2) An individual oral examination (20 minutes per student) based on the course curriculum and graded by the examiner and a second internal examiner on the 7-point scale.

Re-examination: When ill at the oral exam and when the ordinary examination is failed, the re-examination is an individual oral exam (20 minutes) based upon the course curriculum.
Course content
This course on International Business Strategy is intended to provide an overview of the theories and principles of international business strategy. International business strategy has considerable impact on modern enterprises operating in an increasingly global economy. The aim of the course is to provide students with an extended coverage of alternative theories and perspectives on international business, a thorough understanding of the key strategic issues confronting managers of multinational corporations, both within the firm and in the global marketplace. It is designed to familiarize students with the institutional environments that affect international businesses, showing how managers develop different strategies to succeed in this highly competitive environment. Major topics include modern theories of the internationalization processes; formulation of international strategies, from how to leverage resources and capabilities across national borders to how organizing and structuring multinationals; innovation and learning in multinationals.
Teaching methods
Lectures, group and case discussions. We expect a very high degree of student preparation and participation. Students should come to class prepared to discuss the assigned cases and the accompanying materials in depth. The instructors reserve the right to "cold-call" on students at any time during class.
Expected literature
Grazia Ietto-Gillies. Transnational Corporations and International Production: Concepts, Theories and Effects, Edward Elgar.
Please notice: The textbook is only part of the obligatory readings. The remaining literature will be available from CBSlearn or downloadable from http://www.cbs.dk/library.
Last updated on 05-12-2012