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2012/2013  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
Main Category of the Course
  • Economics, macro economics and managerial economics
Last updated on 28-02-2013
Learning objectives
It is the objective of the course to facilitate learning on the issues mentioned below, along with any related to such, by providing a constructive framework for theoretical studies and open discussions among the participants.
To this end students are encouraged to share their insights and experience with fellow students. The discussions in class to a large extent will be based on case studies, where the applicability of theory can be examined in a real life context.
International Business and Strategy:
Type of test Home Assignment
Marking scale 7-step scale
Second examiner No second examiner
Exam period May/June
Aids Please, see the detailed regulations below
Duration 48 Hours
Individual exam;48-hour case (max. 5 pages per student). Make-up /re-exam takes place in June
Course content

Dynamic changes in industry structures and business environments all over the world, driven by globalisation and accelerated technology development, constitute significant challenges and opportunities for almost any company today. The course systematically deals with strategic issues at company level, related to these changes - based on an applied analytical approach.
The course addresses the challenges of formulating and implementing strategy in companies that are active in business on an international scale. As such, it incorporates important recent developments in strategy research, combined with updated knowledge on the international business environment and major globalisation issues.Conceptual frameworks for business understanding and strategy formulation will be introduced, and major strategic challenges will be dealt with from an applied theory perspective.

It is the objective of the course to significantly enhance the participants learning on complex strategic challenges and decisions in international business today. The dual aim is to provide thorough understanding of relevant theory within the field of international business and to develop the ability to make constructive use of the theory in real life situations.

At the end of the course the participant should master the following tasks:

  • Understanding the changing business scenarios in today’s increasingly open and deregulated world
  • Assessing foreign market opportunities and competitive capabilities for companies expanding internationally
  • Analysing strategic challenges and options for companies competing internationally, including cross national partnerships, alliances, and contracts
  • Prescribing viable business strategies and appropriate organizational structures for companies operating abroad
  • Dealing with ethical and corporate social responsibility issues in international business

Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the theories and methods utilised in the course as well as demonstrate an ability to use these theories and methods to analyse concrete problems and/or cases.


Teaching methods
Teaching method: A mixture of lectures, class discussions, case studies and group assignments in order to facilitate individual as well as group learning. Active student participation is essential and required.
Expected literature

Dicken, Peter (2007). Global Shift: Mapping the Changing Contours of the World Economy. New York: The Guilford Press, Fifth Edition.
Compendium by Anthony D’Costa
Additional readings from particularly journal publications

Last updated on 28-02-2013