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2017/2018  BA-BEUBO1009U  International Business

English Title
International Business

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course 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 - EGB
Main academic disciplines
  • Globalization and international business
  • Economics
Last updated on 26-09-2017

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Learning objectives
To achieve the grade 12, students should meet the following learning objectives with no or only minor mistakes or errors: 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 and global value chains. 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 exam
Size of written product Max. 10 pages
Assignment type Case based assignment
Duration 48 hours to prepare
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Winter
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 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 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 effect 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 concepts of international business. 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 conceptional knowledge. Students are going to actively work in groups on specific exercises. From the results they are going to prepare a in-class presentation. The tutorials develop competences to link theory with empirical observations, analytical rigour and the ability to participate in a scientific discourse. The tutorials prepare the students for the final examination.
Feedback during the teaching period
Students receive two short assignments. The first is a group presentation in one of the exercise classes. For the group presentation students are going to receive oral feedback from students (peers) as well as the teacher. Taking this feedback into account students prepare a short written report. The teacher is going to provide feedback to the entire class, with good examples and typical mistakes highlighted for the entire set of written reports on nine different topics. This is part of the session dealing with the examination preparation. Finally, students can make appointments for meetings during the teachers’ regular office hours for individual feedback.
Student workload
Participating 36 hours
Preparation 126 hours
Exam 48 hours
Expected literature

This list provides an overview of the key sources for the course.


Ietto-Gillies, G.  (2012) TNCs and International Production – Concepts, Theories and Effects, 2nd edition, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

World Investment Report (2013) Chapter IV: Global Value Chains: Investment and Trade for Development.


Further literature is going to be provided in the detailed course outline at the start of the semester.

Last updated on 26-09-2017