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2013/2014  KAN-IBS_IB46  Analysis of International Industries and Competition

English Title
Analysis of International Industries and Competition

Course information

Language English
Exam ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Course period Autumn
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study board
Study Board for MSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Carina Antonia Hallin - Department of International Economics and Management (INT)
Main academic disciplines
  • Economics, macro economics and managerial economics
Last updated on 02-07-2013
Learning objectives
Learning objectives: To be awarded the highest mark (12) at the exam in Analysis of International Industries and Competition, the student, with no or just a few insignificant shortcomings, must fulfill the following learning objectives:
• The student should be able to account for selected theories.
• The student should be able to discuss the strength and weakness in those theories.
• The student should be able to apply the correct theory on a given case question and issue.
• The student should be able to present arguments that support a given action oriented
conclusion based on an analysis of a given case.
• The student should be able to reflect on the consequences of applying different theories on a given issue.
• The student should be able to build hypotheses and theories from the consequences of applying different theories on a given issue.
Analysis of International Industries and Competition:
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 December/January and February
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.
Description of the exam procedure
Individual exam, 4-hour written exam (no written or technical aids are allowed). The regular exam takes place in December. Make-up/ re-exam takes place in January/February.
Course content and structure

This course starts with the premise that a strategic analysis requires an understanding of both internal and external environmental factors that affect strategic decision making.  In particular, strategic analysis involves assessing the firm’s internal strengths and weaknesses which includes understanding of implications of the firm’s industry structure and its competitive landscape for firm performance. In this context, a strategic analysis—the analysis that supports the development of a strategy—requires prediction analysis of own firm performance, the nature of changes in industries in general together with an understanding of the specific competitive context faced by a given firm. That is, to understand the strengths and weaknesses of its’ existing and potential rivals.
This course will introduce tools, concepts, and frameworks used to analyze the nature of industries and competition to develop competitive strategies. Ideally, such an analytical toolbox allows to pursue firms’ objectives and the key choices it is making to achieve those objectives in the face of competition from other firms (for example, how it will predict markets, what market position it will occupy and how it will allocate its scarce resources); in other words, how it will achieve a competitive advantage.

Teaching methods
Most of the three-hour slots will normally be divided between lecture, class discussion and testing of the material in form of clicker sessions. We will often move back and forth between lecture, case discussion and clicker sessions within the slot. The sessions have been designed to facilitate as much active class participation as possible using classroom clickers, and the proportion of time allocated to lecture and discussion will vary somewhat week by week.
Expected literature

There is not a single text for the course. Instead, the lectures will be based on material from published papers, downloadable from CBS Library databases or to be made available on Learn.

Last updated on 02-07-2013