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2014/2015  KAN-CIMMO1067U  International Business and Strategy

English Title
International Business and Strategy

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Course period Spring
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for MSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Wolfgang Sofka - Department of Strategic Management and Globalization (SMG)
Main academic disciplines
  • Globalization, International Business, markets and studies
  • Corporate and Business Strategy
Last updated on 12-09-2014
Learning objectives
The goal of this class will be to develop a better understanding of the link between theory and practice with particular focus on corporate strategy issues such as the development and management of the firm’s resource- and capability-base and the successful deployment of these resources across different businesses and environmental contexts (i.e. international markets).

More specifically, the learning objectives are the following: After completing this course the student will have…
  • Knowledge and understanding of corporate strategies
  • The ability to recognize the complexities and opportunities that the global dimension of strategy implies
  • The ability to apply various analysis techniques
  • Extensive knowledge of industry cases and major types of strategic decisions
  • The ability to conduct a thorough strategy case analysis and to reflect upon the appropriateness of theoretical perspectives
  • Experience regarding the ability to analyze information for strategic decision-making.
  • Accordingly, the exam’s evaluation criteria are the following:
  • The thoroughness of the understanding of the relevant strategy literature and theory
  • The ability to apply theories to solve the case problem(s)
  • The quality of the case analysis in terms of clear line of reasoning, relevance of aspects and issues discussed, consistency in argumentation, link to important and relevant academic literature, integration of case data and information with analysis frameworks and theory
International Business and Strategy:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Written sit-in exam
Individual or group exam Individual
Individual 4 hour open book written exam “scenario exam”. The exam will test the student’s ability to use the knowledge gained through the course to solve particular problems related to the overall themes. As it is not about learning the texts by heart but rather understand and reflect on topics covered the exam is an open book exam. It is made to simulate a crisis situation in a company where the student has to come up with a solution to the problem(s). To reflect the focus on simulating reality the written output will consists of a 2 page executive summary and 8 PowerPoint slides rather than the usual 10 pages written material.
Cf. The Regulations for written tests at CBS.
The exam is internal and the evaluation is made by one teacher alone.

The regular exam takes place in April or May
Please use the formal requirements for academic papers, which can be found on e-campus
Assignment type Written 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:
  • Books and compendia brought by the examinee
  • Notes brought by the examinee
  • Allowed calculators
  • Allowed bodies of laws
  • Allowed dictionaries
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

The course builds on Foundations of Strategy (IM47) and presupposes a working knowledge of strategic management. The emphasis will be on:

Strategic decision making in an international context,
Strategic issue diagnosis,
Strategic analysis where external, internal, and potentially financial problems are analyzed,
Strategic action definition and implementation planning.

The approach to strategic management builds on the schools of thought already taught and discussed in IM47. However, this course on International Business Strategy will provide the students with a progression from IM47. In any given situation, a firm decision maker can use a number of different tools and models supporting the decision. With the foundation of the theoretical understanding from IM47, students will be able to reflect upon decision situations, strategic decisions, and consequences of these decisions.

Teaching methods
Lectures and case study sessions.
Expected literature

Indicative literature:
Grant, Robert M. (2010). Contemporary Strategy Analysis, 7th Edition, (Text and Cases Edition), John Wiley and Sons, UK. The book will be available in the bookshop SL books.  

Scientific and practice-oriented articles.
These additional readings can be accessed via CBSLearn.

Last updated on 12-09-2014