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2015/2016  KAN-CCMVV1414U  Crime - Corruption - Capital: Political Risk Management and Global Business

English Title
Crime - Corruption - Capital: Political Risk Management and Global Business

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Autumn, Second Quarter
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for MSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Christina Lubinski - MPP
Kontaktinformation: https:/​/​e-campus.dk/​studium/​kontakt eller Contact information: https:/​/​e-campus.dk/​studium/​kontakt
Main academic disciplines
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Globalization and international business
  • Management
Last updated on 11-08-2015
Learning objectives
To achieve the grade 12, students should meet the following learning objectives with no or only minor mistakes or errors: The learning objectives of this course include understanding different types of political risks, assessing risk environments and arguing for or against investments in foreign markets, based on evidence and, if applicable, analyzed with theory.
After having attended the course, students should:
  • be able to distinguish between different forms of political risks and their relative importance at different points in time
  • have the ability to generate management-relevant insights into how theories can help assess risk environment but also critically reflect on their limitations
  • be able to discuss strategies of risk avoidance
  • understand political risk management as a response to problems arising in specific national settings and reflect on strategies to manage political risks
Course prerequisites
English proficiency. The course requires a general knowledge of basic theories from economics and business studies.
Crime - Corruption - Capital: Political Risk Management and Global Business:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Written sit-in exam
Individual or group exam Individual
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration 4 hours
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Winter
Aids allowed to bring to the exam Open book: all written and electronic aids, including internet access
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.
Description of the exam procedure

PC exam on CBS computers.

Course content and structure

Since the banking crisis of 2008 the global economy seems riskier than before. Global business battles with -- and sometimes engages in -- crime, corruption and capital restrictions. Strategies to deal with political risks are vital for the survival and success of international business. This course examines political risks and asks what impact they have on international business. It explores strategies that entrepreneurs can employ to manage political risk.


Working with Harvard Business School case studies, students discuss political risks from revolutions, wars and expropriations to corruption, dictatorships and civil activists. The course is internationally comparative with case studies from North America, Germany, UK, China and India.

Teaching methods
Case discussions and lectures
Expected literature

Compendium and Harvard Business School case studies (to be downloaded).


Jones, Geoffrey. Multinationals and Global Capitalism: From the Nineteenth to the Twenty-First Century. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.


Casson, Mark, and Teresa da Silva Lopes. "Foreign Direct Investment in High-Risk Environments: An Historical Perspective." Business History 55, no. 3 (2013): 375-404.

Last updated on 11-08-2015