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2018/2019  KAN-CCMVI2076U  International Business and Globalization

English Title
International Business and Globalization

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration Summer
Start time of the course Summer
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Max. participants 60
Study board
Study Board for MSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Dr. Daniel J. Ostergaard, Clinical Associate Professor of International Business, Darla Moore School of Business @ University of South Carolina, dos.acc@cbs.dk
    Daniel J. Ostergaard - Department of Accounting (AA)
For academic questions related to the course, please contact the course instructor.

Other academic questions: contact academic director Sven Bislev at sb.msc@cbs.dk
Main academic disciplines
  • Globalization and international business
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 29-05-2019

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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:
  • demonstrate a multi-disciplinary understanding of how multinational enterprises interact with political, socio-cultural and economic environments worldwide;
  • demonstrate a strong understanding of the global dimensions of business;
  • demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of international business theory and international business strategy;
  • demonstrate a thorough understanding of fair trade, free trade and sustainable competitive advantage;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the impact of culture on MNCs.
Course prerequisites
Bachelor in Social Science
International Business and Globalization:
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, Ordinary exam: 4 hour written exam in the period of 30 July - 2 August 2019
Retake exam: 4 hour written exams in the period of 1-7 October 2019
3rd attempt (2nd retake) exam: 72-hour home assignment- 25-28 November 2019 – for all ISUP courses simultaneously

Exam schedules available on https:/​/​www.cbs.dk/​uddannelse/​international-summer-university-programme-isup/​courses-and-exams
Aids Closed book: no aids
However, 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), and the student is allowed to bring simple writing and drawing utensils (non-digital). PLEASE NOTE: Students are not allowed to communicate with others during the exam.
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.
Retake exam: 4 hour written sit-in exam, new exam question
Exam form for 3rd attempt (2nd retake): 72-hour home project assignment, max. 10 pages.
Course content and structure

In the first part of the course, we examine contemporary issues and debates over the political, social and economic consequences of the globalization of markets and industries.  Studying the historical antecedents to today’s issues, we will draw lessons (both success and failure) from key case studies. We will discuss the theoretical foundations of International Business and then analyze the responses of multinational corporations (MNCs) to the challenges of globalization.  We focus on global strategic management, introducing students to frameworks regarding industry globalization potential, national competitive advantage, strategy and structure of the firm, entry modes, sequential expansion abroad and integrated non-market strategies. 


Preliminary assignment 
Class 1: Semi-Globalization:  An Interconnected Economy
Class 2:  Semi-Globalization:  The Role of National Identity 
Class 3:  Free Trade vs Fair Trade vs TBD
Class 4:  Sustainable Competitive Advantage
Class 5: Multinational Competitive Strategies:  One Size Does Not Fit All
Class 6: Multinational Competitive Strategies: Balancing Global Integration and National Differentiation
Feedback activity:  Take home mock exam
Class 7: Multinational Competitive Strategies:  Organization and Governance
Class 8:  Corporate Social Responsibility
Class 9:  MNC Ethics and Business Practices in a Globalized World
Class 10:  Emerging Markets: Bottom of the Pyramid?
Class 11:  Integrative Case:  The Price of Life?

Description of the teaching methods
Feedback during the teaching period
A mock take-home exam will be given at the end of Class 6.
Student workload
Preliminary assignment 20 hours
Classroom attendance 33 hours
Preparation 126 hours
Feedback activity 7 hours
Examination 20 hours
Further Information

Preliminary Assignment: To help students get maximum value from ISUP courses, instructors provide a reading or a small number of readings or video clips to be read or viewed before the start of classes with a related task scheduled for class 1 in order to 'jump-start' the learning process.


Course timetable is available on https://www.cbs.dk/uddannelse/international-summer-university-programme-isup/courses-and-exams


We reserve the right to cancel the course if we do not get enough applications. This will be communicated on https://www.cbs.dk/uddannelse/international-summer-university-programme-isup/courses-and-exams end February 2019 at the latest.


Expected literature

Mandatory readings:


Harvard Business Publishing Coursepack ($29.75 USD; Purchase Online: https:/​/​hbsp.harvard.edu/​import/​583181)

Last updated on 29-05-2019