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2017/2018  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 - SI
Main academic disciplines
  • Globalization and international business
  • Management
  • Strategy
Last updated on 22-06-2017

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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:
  • 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
  • Identify and theoretically justify how different theories and concepts from the curriculum are interrelated
International Business Strategy:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Written sit-in exam on CBS' computers
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration 4 hours
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Spring
Aids Limited aids, see the list below:
The student is allowed to bring
  • USB key for uploading of notes, books and compendiums in a non-executable format (no applications, application fragments, IT tools etc.)
  • Books (including translation dictionaries), compendiums and notes in paper format
The student will have access to
  • Access to CBSLearn
At all written sit-in exams the student has access to the basic IT application package (Microsoft Office (minus Excel), digital pen and paper, 7-zip file manager, Adobe Acrobat, Texlive, VLC player, Windows Media Player). PLEASE NOTE: Students are not allowed to communicate with others during the exam : Read more about exam aids and IT application packages here
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.
It is at the discretion of the Study Board to change the exam form from a 4-hour written sit-in exam to a 20 min oral exam with no preparation.
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. The case discussion class will be divided into streams.
Feedback during the teaching period
For the period of teaching, individual feedback is offered during ‘office hours’ provided by faculty staff members teaching in the course (see day and time on Learn). We also encourage you to ask questions or make comments in class and form self-study groups to secure peer feedback on your work.
Student workload
Preparation time (readings, group work etc.) 105 hours
Lectures / class exercises / “homework cafés” / workshops etc. 30 hours
Exam (incl. preparation for the exam and actual exam period) 71 hours
Expected literature

Academic articles. The literature will be available from CBSlearn or downloadable from http:/​/​www.cbs.dk/​library.



Last updated on 22-06-2017