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2014/2015  BA-BASPO1002U  Asian Economic Organisation & Competitiveness

English Title
Asian Economic Organisation & Competitiveness

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Course period Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for Asian Study Programme
Course coordinator
  • Kjeld Erik Brødsgaard - Department of International Economics and Management (INT)
Main academic disciplines
  • Globalization, International Business, markets and studies
Last updated on 17-08-2014
Learning objectives
At the end of the course the students should be able to:
  • Identify the “East Asian Challenge” in terms of economic growth, foreign trade, foreign direct investment and role in global production chains.
  • Discuss competing theories on national and global competitiveness, such as Porter’s Diamond and Nolan’s Big Business Revolution, in the context of contemporary Asian society with particular reference to China or Japan.
  • Compare business networks and/or corporate governance models in China and Japan and evaluate the importance of recent reform.
  • Define similarities and differences in the industrial structures and in enterprise management practices in China and Japan.
  • Write a social science term paper that applies relevant material from the literature, showing a clear delimitation of the research question, and demonstrating an ability to apply standard rules for quoting and referencing.
Asian Economic Organisation & Competitiveness:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual
Size of written product Max. 10 pages
Assignment type Project
Duration Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam period December/January
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Description of the exam procedure
Individual paper based on a topic approved by the teacher. Max. 10 standard pages.
Course content and structure

The overall aim of the course is to provide a comprehensive outline of the social organization and competitiveness of Japanese and Chinese business organizations, in the context of contemporary Asian society, the international environment and the global production networks.

The course will start with an overview of Japan’s and China’s role in the global economy, followed by a series of lectures on the nature of Japanese/Chinese economic organizations. In addition the competitiveness of the two countries will be discussed in overall terms as well as from the perspective of selected industries and branches. Against this background the course then explores issues related to Japan’s/China’s approach to market economy and examines in detail Japanese/Chinese business networks, the form and structure of the Japanese/Chinese firm, the institutional, economic and political environment as well as the development of “alliance/network” capitalism.

Teaching methods
Classes are lecture/discussion format. There will also be student presentations.
Further Information

This course is part of the overall Year 2 theme, "Economic and Cultural Context of Business Enterprises and Organisations". The course is intended for students of Asian language and economy and serves as an essential intellectual preparation for the 3rd year.

Expected literature


Last updated on 17-08-2014