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2014/2015  BA-BEUBO1009U  International Business

English Title
International Business

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 Bachelor of Arts in European Business
Course coordinator
  • Björn Jindra - Department of International Economics and Management (INT)
Main academic disciplines
  • Globalization, International Business, markets and studies
  • Economics, macro economics and managerial economics
Last updated on 15-08-2014
Learning objectives
The basic objective of this course is to familiarize students with the principles of international business. Students will acquire knowledge about core theoretical concepts that explain the existence, growth and organization of international firms. This includes also a reflection of the wider economic and social impact of international business. Students will expand their experience base by applying a variety of economic and managerial principles in the discussion of a number of theories, models and specific case studies.
International Business:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual
Size of written product Max. 10 pages
Assignment type Case based assignment
Duration 48 hours to prepare
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and external examiner
Exam period December/January
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Course content and structure
The course provides an overview of key international business theories including the internalization, market power, product life cycle and technological accumulation approaches towards understanding the existence and growth of international firms. In addition, the course introduces the concepts of global production networks and global value chains to understand the drivers of labour division, organizational innovation and value creation by internationalised firms. Finally the course sheds light on the wider economic and social impacts of international business. In this context the course also discusses the role of regulation and public policy instruments. 
Teaching methods
The teaching is based on a set of lectures and tutorials. The lectures focus on the introduction of relevant theories and models. They will offer overviews, examples, clarifications and elaborations of selected areas, as well as an opportunity to address student questions. A series of tutorials provides the opportunity to deepen the understanding of new knowledge through presentations in combination with chat group discussions, small group activities and class discussions. As part of the tutorials, students will actively work on small exercises from for which they will present and discuss their findings. The emphasis will be on a two-way dialogue between students and lecturers. Therefore, all students must be prepared to answer questions in class and participate in discussions.
Student workload
Participating 36 hours
Preparation 126 hours
Exam 48 hours
Expected literature
Large parts of the course are based on the follwoing text book:

Grazia Ietto-Gillies (2012) Transnational Corporations and International Production Concepts, 2nd edition

A more detailed reading list will be provided in the introductory lecture and during the implementation of the course.
Last updated on 15-08-2014