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2017/2018  KAN-CIBSO1063U  The International Business Environment

English Title
The International Business Environment

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for MSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Florence Villeseche - Department of International Economics and Management (INT)
Contact information: https:/​/​e-campus.dk/​studium/​kontakt
Main academic disciplines
  • Globalization and international business
  • Organization
  • Economics
Last updated on 30-05-2017

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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:
  • Develop a holistic understanding of international business
  • Use theories, tools and concepts from the course to identify and explain international business environment challenges
  • Apply theories, tools and concepts in their relevant and appropriate contexts
  • Contrast and combine theories, tools and concepts related to the international business environment
  • Critically evaluate theories, tools and concepts related to the international business environment
The International Business Environment:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Size of written product Max. 15 pages
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and external examiner
Exam period Winter and Winter
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Description of the exam procedure

You will be evaluated on a seven-day take-home examination. The length of the project is 15 pages maximum. CBS standard rules apply, in particular please check current official rules about what is included/excluded from the page limit. More information about the exam will be given in class.


Note: The essay is evaluated by an internal as well as by an external examiner, which means that your grade will be based on the independent evaluation of two persons. 

Course content and structure

The aim of this introductory course to the IB program is to provide students with a holistic understanding of international business. It will focus on providing a ‘toolkit’ of frameworks, theories and concepts that will facilitate analysing and understanding the complex environment in which international business is taking place.


International Business is a programme that explicitly focuses on cross-disciplinarity. In line with this, the course takes a holistic view of the international business environment and includes attention to contextual aspects such as, trade, competition, international bodies and regulations, as well as more organizational-centred aspects such as innovation, CSR and diversity. You will learn how not only economical, but also social and political factors influence IB, and conversely how the development of IB affects institutions locally and internationally. 


The detailed course structure will be communicated in due time.


Teaching methods
The course combines sequences of lecturing, peer discussions, working with cases, and student presentations.

You are expected to read and summarize all the materials indicated in the curriculum and do your homework for each lecture BEFORE coming to class. You are also expected to participate in class discussions and to engage in group presentations. Please be reminded that the official student workload for this course is 170 hours for preparation and exam, in addition to the 36 lecture hours.

When you come to class, we will pick on you to answer questions or to demonstrate your understanding of the topic. Above all, you are expected to ASK questions! You are not in a bachelor program any longer, for the course to be fruitful there needs to be a developed two-way conversation between teachers and students as well as an intense intellectual debate among students.

It is very much recommended that you spend some time every week reading outlets such as The Economist, Financial Times or Fast Company to get an understanding of the world economy and to keep abreast of the latest developments. You are welcome to initiate a discussion about current affairs at the start of a class, which will help us train making connections between course contents and what happens IRL.
Feedback during the teaching period
During the course, students will receive feedback on:
- quality of answers during class discussions
- quality of group presentations

After the exam, students will receive group feedback during a 2-hour class feedback session

In addition, in every session there will be systematic opportunities for peer feedback (i.e. student to student) during peer discussions and after student presentations. Peer feedback is also strongly encouraged in the exam essay writing phase.
Student workload
lectures 36 hours
preparation for classes and exam 170 hours
Expected literature

The expected literature will be announced in due time. 

Last updated on 30-05-2017