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2014/2015  KAN-CCMVV1654U  Global Strategy and Technology

English Title
Global Strategy and Technology

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Quarter
Course period Spring, Third Quarter
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Max. participants 70
Study board
Study Board for MSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Nicolai Pogrebnyakov - Department of International Economics and Management (INT)
Administration - Birgit Dahlgren bgd.int@cbs.dk
Main academic disciplines
  • Globalization, International Business, markets and studies
  • Management of Information and Knowledge Management
  • Corporate and Business Strategy
Last updated on 18-02-2014
Learning objectives
To be awarded the highest grade (12), the student, with no or just a few insignificant shortcomings, must fulfill the following learning objectives:
  • Present argumentation that supports a given action-oriented conclusion based on an analysis of a given case
  • Evaluate and identify strengths and weaknesses of pursuing a specific course of action in a given situation
  • Account for concepts and frameworks discussed in class
  • Formulate and persuasively discuss a position on a case situation
Individual sit-in case analysis:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Written sit-in exam
Individual or group exam Individual
Assignment type Case based assignment
Duration 4 hours
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Spring Term
Aids allowed to bring to the exam Limited aids, see the list below and the exam plan/guidelines for further information:
  • Allowed calculators
  • Allowed dictionaries
  • Books and compendia brought by the examinee
  • Notes brought by the examinee
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.
Course content and structure

This course focuses on strategic issues firms face in the use of technology and development of technology innovations in global markets. It examines two levels: the business and the customer. The business part focuses on how technology can be used to add value to the business, assist in a globalized innovation process and tap into new and unconventional sources of creativity and expertise. The customer part examines strategy in technology products and services, with the focus on the global appeal of technology and business models in the development and post-launch phases of technology products and services.

The course is targeted at students whose future career may involve a general understanding of strategic technology issues. It would also be valuable for those with an interest or background in the technology industry who want to understand strategic challenges facing companies there. That said, no technology background is required. The course emphasizes business over technology-specific issues.

Development of personal competences:

At the end of this course, students will be able to:
•    Demonstrate an understanding of the value added by technology to the international firm.
•    Identify specific mechanisms of value creation and be able to take into consideration technology-related issues when formulating company strategy.
•    Articulate and persuasively explain and defend a position on a chosen technology strategy of a firm.
•    Understand issues involved in launching and offering technology services and products globally.

Teaching methods
This course is taught in Harvard-style case method, which involves energetic class discussion and interaction. Case discussions are complemented by brief lectures that summarize and provide additional insights on the class topic. The bulk of student knowledge will develop through in-class case discussions. Thus preparation and class participation are essential if you want to do well in the course.
Expected literature

This outline is preliminary and may change before the course.

Part I.The Business: Doing Business Globally with Technology

Week 1: Global technology strategy and governance
No case assignment.
McAfee, A. (2006). “Mastering the three worlds of information technology.” Harvard Business Review.
Nolan, R. and McFarlan, W. (2005). “Information technology and the board of directors.” Harvard Business Review.
Carr, N. (2003). “IT doesn’t matter.” Harvard Business Review.
Week 2: Cross-border innovation with technology
IBM in the 21st Century: The Coming of the Globally Integrated Enterprise (HBS case 308-105
Santos, J., Doz, Y. and Williamson, P. (2004). “Is your innovation process global?” MIT Sloan Management Review.
Kao, J. (2009) “Tapping the world’s innovation hot spots.” Harvard Business Review
Week 3: Technology exchange with emerging markets
SAP: Establishing a Research Center in China (University of Hong Kong case 817)
Zachary, G.P. (2008). “Inside Nairobi, the Next Palo Alto?” TheNew York Times. http:/​/​www.nytimes.com/​2008/​07/​20/​business/​worldbusiness/​20ping.html

Week 4: Technology management in global value networks
ECCO A/S - Global Value Chain Management (Ivey case 908M14)
Myers and Cheung (2008). “Sharing global supply chain knowledge.” MIT Sloan Management Review.

Part II. The Customer: Technology Products and Service

Week 5: Global appeal of technology and global technology product strategy
Apple’s iPhone: Calling Europe or Europe Calling (IESE case IES192)
Eisenhardt, K. M. and Sull, D. N. (2001). “Strategy as simple rules.” Harvard Business Review.
Maidique, M. A. and Hayes, R. H. (1985). “The art of high-technology management.” McKinsey Quarterly

Week 6: E-business, e-commerce and online business models
LinkedIn Corp., 2008 (HBS case 709-426)
Anderson, C. (2009). “The economics of giving it away.” Wall Street Journal. http:/​/​online.wsj.com/​article/​SB123335678420235003.html

Week 7: Platforms, ecosystems and standards
Microsoft Xbox: Changing the Game? (HBS case 707-501)

Week 8: Hot trends in 2015
No case assignment.
Will be assigned before the course.
Last updated on 18-02-2014