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2013/2014  KAN-IBS_IB40  International Business and Strategy

English Title
International Business and Strategy

Course information

Language English
Exam ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Course period Spring
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study board
Study Board for MSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Lars Håkanson - Department of International Economics and Management (INT)
Main academic disciplines
  • Economics, macro economics and managerial economics
Last updated on 06-08-2013
Learning objectives
The objective is to provide students with the conceptual and analytical tools – a language - for the analysis of complex international business situations, for articulating appropriate managerial action plans and for developing well-founded recommendations as to their efficient implementation.

On completion of the course, students should be able to
• describe and explain current concepts and models regarding the interrelationship between the international business environment, the formulation of corporate and business strategies in internationally active firms, and the organizational and managerial challenges associated with the implementation of such strategies;
• critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of these models and concepts, and display judgment as to the range of circumstances where they can be effectively applied;
• independently analyze real-world business situations and formulate well-argued strategies and action plans;
• identify and diagnose problems likely to obstruct the implementation of such strategies and action plans, and
• be able to propose appropriate managerial responses to help overcome such problems.
IB40 International Business and Strategy:
Examination form Written sit-in exam
Individual or group exam Individual
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration 4 hours
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period May/June
Aids allowed to bring to the exam Closed Book: no aids
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
If the number of registered candidates for the make-up examination/re-take examination warrants that it may most appropriately be held as an oral examination, the programme office will inform the students that the make-up examination/re-take examination will be held as an oral examination instead.
Course content and structure

The course focuses on the design of organizational structures, systems and procedures for the implementation of international strategy in complex business environments and on common managerial challenges associated with such implementation. The issues discussed range from international entrepreneurship in small start-up companies to the design of organizational structures in multinational organizations. The course analyzes the drivers behind the globalization process and examines its strategic and managerial consequences in areas including e-commerce, outsourcing, internationalization of research and development and international mergers and acquisitions.

Teaching methods
Case studies and real life examples are used as vehicles to explore and sensitize students to a range of common issues in the formulation and implementation of international strategies. Assigned readings and lecture-discussions provide theoretical and conceptual perspectives on such issues, the application of which is exercised in class-room case discussions. Students are encouraged to share their insights and experience with the class and to help create a constructive learning environment. Class discussion and interaction are expected, and preparation and class participation are essential for learning outcomes.
Expected literature

Text book

Bartlett, C. A. & Beamish, P. W. (2011) Transnational Management. Text, Cases and Readings in Cross-Border Management. 6th edition. McGraw-Hill. (ISBN 978-007-126743-4.)

A copy of this book is on reserve at CBS library.


All readings are downloadable from the CBS Library.


Cases are included in the text book or posted on CBSLearn.

Last updated on 06-08-2013