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2018/2019  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 - Department of Finance (FI)
Main academic disciplines
  • Globalization and international business
  • Management
  • Strategy
Teaching methods
  • Blended learning
Last updated on 27-06-2018

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Learning objectives
  • 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 Summer
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
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 firms' internationalization, a thorough understanding of the key strategic and organizational issues confronting managers of multinational corporations, and theoretical concepts on foreign subsidiaries and headquarter-subsidiary relationships. It is designed to familiarize students with the institutional, cultural, and economic environments that affect international businesses, showing how managers develop different responses to external pressures. It consists of a combination of face-to-face and online teaching (blended learning).

Description of the teaching methods
Part of the teaching takes place online through videos and quizzes. Lectures are interactive and aimed to provide more in-depth coverage of course topics through discussion of specific assignments and case studies. We expect a very high degree of student preparation and participation. Students should come to class prepared to discuss the assigned material. The instructors reserve the right to "cold-call" on students at any time during class.
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). In-class discussion will provide extensive opportunities to assess lines of argument developed in relation to the given assignments and study questions. We also encourage you to ask questions in class and form self-study groups to secure peer feedback on your work.
Student workload
Preparation time (readings, group work etc.) 100 hours
Lectures / class exercises / “homework cafés” / workshops etc. 35 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 27-06-2018