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2018/2019  BA-BINBO1321U  International Business Environment

English Title
International Business Environment

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Quarter
Start time of the course First Quarter, Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BSc in International Business
Course coordinator
  • Aradhna Aggarwal - Department of International Economics, Governance and Business (EGB)
Main academic disciplines
  • Globalization and international business
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 12-12-2018

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Learning objectives
After having followed the course the students should be able to:
  • • Explain how and why there are differences in national or regional business environments
  • • Present a thorough review of the economics and politics of the international trade and investment environment.
  • Analyze the strategies and structures of international businesses.
  • Assess the functions of an international business.
  • • Highlight the adjustments needed in the transition from domestic to international business, and the adjustments needed to operate successfully in specific foreign markets
  • Synthesize the above into a detailed and comprehensive analysis of internationalization at the firm level.
International Business Environment:
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 Written assignment
Duration 48 hours to prepare
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and external examiner
Exam period Autumn and Winter
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Description of the exam procedure

48 hour individual home assignment of max. 10 standard pages. The precise exam date, i.e. turn in of home assignment will be posted on DE.


The aim of the home assignment is to assess the knowledge students have accumulated during the course. The take-home project should integrate and synthesize all the main blocks of the curriculum (as presented below), to demonstrate the students’ skills in the practical application of theory to the chosen case.


No restrictions regarding literature and other aids. However, assignments should include proper references to background literature and information sources.


Course content and structure


Course Content

The aim of the course is to provide an integrated understanding of the complexity of the international business environment and the challenges it poses for firms engaged in cross-border activities. Emphasis is put on highlighting the differences among countries in terms of their national business environments, and how these differences are linked to the various strategic choices firms adopt in order to compete internationally. By the end of the course students should have developed their ability to explain, interpret, and synthesize international business practices in a multidisciplinary discourse. Both theory and empirical cases are included in the curriculum; much of the empirical material will be drawn from the current research work of the course coordinator and guest lecturers, to strengthen the role of research-based teaching.

The main blocks of the curriculum are:

  • Selected cross-country differences with a potential impact on business operations, including historical, institutional, geographical, cultural, and political structures

( Teacher: Aradhna Aggarwal)

  • Global trade, foreign direct investment and global value chains, including the regulatory systems for international trade, investment, and monetary transactions ( Teacher: Aradhna Aggarwal)
  • Strategy and International Business ( Teachers: Larissa Rabbiosi, Marcus Møller Larsen)
Description of the teaching methods
The course is based on a lecture series covering 42 lecture hours. The time will be used to cover the textbook materials through traditional lectures and discussions in class, but will also include some in-depth treatment of chosen topics (guest lectures).
Feedback during the teaching period
The student should actively seek feedback from the professor/teacher.
Student workload
Exam 48 hours
Classes 42 hours
Preparation 123 hours
Expected literature

Hill, Charles W.L.: International Business; Competing in the Global Marketplace, Global edition, 2012. McGraw-Hill
Additional reading material to be distributed during the course

Last updated on 12-12-2018