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2011/2012  BA-HA_E156  Organisation, Globalisation and International Business

English Title
Organisation, Globalisation and International Business

Course Information

Language English
Point 7,5 ECTS (225 SAT)
Type Elective
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Course Period Autumn . Spring
This course will be offered in Spring 2012 Changes in course schedule may occur Tuesday 11.40-14.15, week 5-6, 11-12 Wednesday 8.00-10.35, week 5-6, 9-12
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study Board
Study Board for BSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course Coordinator
  • Jens Vestgaard - Department of Organization
Secretary Ane Lindgren Hassing - alh.ioa@cbs.dk
Main Category of the Course
  • Globalization, International Business, markets and studies
  • Organization
  • Corporate and Business Strategy
Last updated on 29 maj 2012
Learning Objectives
Objectives: At the end of the course the student should be able to:
• Identify and assess the factors leading to increasing globalization, intensifying competition and the considerable social and technological changes that are on our present agenda,
• Understand and appreciate the differences that make global business management and leadership the challenge it is,
• Have a broad comprehension of concepts, theories, models and frameworks necessary to analyse the relations between national business systems, international markets, organising international business and the evolution of multinational corporations and SMEs,
• Assess the degree of geographic interdependence that characterizes an industry as well as the evolution in the factors that determine such global interdependence so as to prescribe action and not just reaction,
• Analyse the different ways multinational companies are managed and the strategic consequences of these different managerial models.
Help define and put in place structural and human resource systems:
• That fit the strategic imperative and market entry modes of global operations while retaining the necessary flexibility for dealing with diversity and change, and
Basic knowledge of strategic management, business strategy, marketing and organisation is advantageous, but no absolute requirement.
4 hour open book exam
4 hour open book exam:
Assessment Written Exam
Marking Scale 7-step scale
Censorship No censorship
Exam Period Autumn Term and Spring Term
Aids Open Book, Written and Electronic Aid is permitted
Duration 4 Hours

The exam is a 4 hour written, open book exam. The exam is PC-based with no internet access. It is also possible to write in hand.
Course Content

The course aims at introducing the students to the knowledge, insight and behavioral skills necessary to act as a manager and / or employee in tomorrow’s global business community.

The focus of the course will be on the decision-making dilemmas faced by managers of multinational as well as medium and smaller sized companies who strategically strive to manage and organise resources and opportunities under the dynamic influence of the rapid changes and growing importance and complexity of globalisation and international business in general.

The course applies a practical, company and case specific approach to analysis. The course will, in an analytical way, introduce the students to strategic and organisational theories and tools supplemented by a number of practical problems and experiences.

The topics to be included in the discussions will include:

A: Globalisation – the driving forces behind:

· Information technology, digitalisation, visualisation,

· Standardisation, automatisation,

· Transport, and

· Political and economic integration, WTO etc.

B: Disaggregation of the value chain:

· Optimising efficiency and innovation,

· Sorting out core competencies,

· Supply chains, and

· Risk analysis.

C: New Business Models:

· Outsourcing and insourcing, based on an analysis of value chains,

· Offshoring, and

· Global sourcing.

D: Organising for Global Business:

· How to organise in the global market place?

· Corporate organisational structures and processes,

· Inter-organisational cooperation and competition,

· Intra-organisational cooperation and competition,

· Organisational consequences of selected international strategies,

· Options for organising international ventures,

· Organising for market penetration, and

· Sustainable international business organisations.

E: Dimensions of Intern. Business Management and Leadership:

· Leadership and management in an international company,

· From national to global business management and leadership, and

Development of international competencies by organisations, business groups / units and individuals.

Teaching Methods
The classes will comprise a mixture of pedagogical methods and learning techniques making the students able to critically analyze the materials presented as well as to form their own ideas and develop their own arguments on globalization and international business organisations.
The overall approach to teaching and learning is based on active student participation, involvement and responsibility for own learning.

The overall approach to teaching and learning is based on active student participation, involvement and responsibility for own learning:

• Teacher presentations – lectures, power-points and other materials
• Critical discussions at class of the materials presented
• Discussion at class of specific issues and dilemmas – based on cases
• Student work – collaborative and individual studies
• Discussions at class of case studies
• The students are expected to use the cases for collaborative exercises in groups.
• Student group mandatory presentations at class (4 to 6 pages or powerpoints, topics to be chosen from a list prepared by the teacher – own suggestions will be welcome). The presentations are to be uploaded on Sitescape.
Further Information

Intended forstudents who seek:

· A career in multinationals, international agencies or in companies whose strategy includes the internationalisation of its operations or sales (the extended enterprise).

· A career in the global arena in finance, sales and marketing or operations coupled with a clear idea of achieving and creating a competitive advantage in international environments.


· Marios I. Katsioloudes, Spyros Hadjidakis: International business: a global perspective; Butterworth-Heinemann, 2007 - 705 sider

· Jacob Pyndt and Torben Pedersen: Managing Global Offshoring Strategies: A Case Approach.