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2015/2016  BA-BPOLO1278U  International Business Strategy

English Title
International Business Strategy

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Spring
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BSc/MSc i International Business and Politics, BSc
Course coordinator
  • Larissa Rabbiosi - Department of International Economics and Management (INT)
Main academic disciplines
  • Strategy
Last updated on 13-08-2015
Learning objectives
To achieve the grade 12, students should meet the following learning objectives with no or only minor mistakes or errors: After having followed the course the students should be able to:
  • Identify and apply key theories, models and concepts of strategic management and economics to the greater understanding of international business strategy
  • Explain and give examples of alternative strategies, structures and operations of multinational corporations, appropriate in different international contexts, changing markets and political conditions
  • Analyze business case studies applying relevant concepts and theories of international business strategy
  • Formulate and justify relevant research questions relating to international business strategy applying theories and concepts from the curriculum
Prerequisites for registering for the exam
Number of mandatory activities: 1
Compulsory assignments (assessed approved/not approved)
Students need to pass the written assignment in order to take the subsequent oral examination. Each student is entitled to two attempts to pass the written assignment before signing up for the oral exam. The home assignment consists of a critical analytical discussion of a topic from an assigned case study. The assignment can be written by a group of maximum 3 students. In the assignment, it has to be clearly indicated how each student contributed to it (i.e., the contribution should be individualized).
International Business Strategy:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Oral Exam
Individual or group exam Individual
Duration 20 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam period Spring
Aids allowed to bring to the exam Closed Book
Make-up exam/re-exam
Another examination form
When ill at the oral exam and when the ordinary examination is failed, the re-examination is an individual oral exam (20 minutes) based upon the course curriculum.
Course content and structure

This course on International Business Strategy is intended to provide an overview of the theories and principles of international business strategy. International business strategy has considerable impact on modern enterprises operating in an increasingly global economy. The aim of the course is to provide students with an extended coverage of alternative theories and perspectives on international business, a thorough understanding of the key strategic issues confronting managers of multinational corporations, both within the firm and in the global marketplace. It is designed to familiarize students with the institutional environments that affect international businesses, showing how managers develop different strategies to succeed in this highly competitive environment. Major topics include modern theories of the internationalization processes; formulation of international strategies, from how to leverage resources and capabilities across national borders to how organizing and structuring multinationals; innovation and learning in multinationals.

Teaching methods
Lectures, group and case discussions. We expect a very high degree of student preparation and participation. Students should come to class prepared to discuss the assigned cases and the accompanying materials in depth. The instructors reserve the right to "cold-call" on students at any time during class. To assist the students, we will run tutorial sessions. The class will be divided into streams and there will be tutors to lead discussion within the streams. The schedule for tutorial sessions and the lists of streams will be placed at the CBSlearn.
Expected literature

Grazia Ietto-Gillies. Transnational Corporations and International Production: Concepts, Theories and Effects, Edward Elgar.
Please notice: The textbook is only part of the obligatory readings. The remaining literature will be available from CBSlearn or downloadable from http://www.cbs.dk/library.

Last updated on 13-08-2015