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2018/2019  KAN-CIBSO1058U  International Business and Strategy

English Title
International Business and Strategy

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Spring
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for MSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Faith Hatani - Department of International Economics, Governance and Business (EGB)
Main academic disciplines
  • Economics
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 17-12-2018

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Learning objectives
The objective is to provide students with the conceptual and analytical tools – a language - for the analysis of complex international business situations, for articulating appropriate managerial action plans and for developing well-founded recommendations as to their efficient implementation.

On completion of the course, students should be able to
• describe and explain current concepts and models regarding the interrelationship between the international business environment, the formulation of corporate and business strategies in internationally active firms, and the organizational and managerial challenges associated with the implementation of such strategies;
• critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of these models and concepts, and display judgment as to the range of circumstances where they can be effectively applied;
• independently analyze real-world business situations and formulate well-argued strategies and action plans;
• identify and diagnose problems likely to obstruct the implementation of such strategies and action plans, and
• be able to propose appropriate managerial responses to help overcome such problems.
International Business and 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 and Summer
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.
Course content and structure

The course focuses on the design of organizational structures, systems and procedures for the implementation of international strategy in complex business environments and on common managerial challenges associated with such implementation. The issues discussed range from international entrepreneurship in small start-up companies to the design of organizational structures in multinational organizations. The course analyzes the drivers behind the globalization process and examines its strategic and managerial consequences in areas including e-commerce, outsourcing, internationalization of research and development and international mergers and acquisitions.

Description of the teaching methods
Case studies and real life examples are used as vehicles to explore and sensitize students to a range of common issues in the formulation and implementation of international strategies. Assigned readings and lecture-discussions provide theoretical and conceptual perspectives on such issues, the application of which is exercised in class-room case discussions. Students are encouraged to share their insights and experience with the class and to help create a constructive learning environment. Class discussion and interaction are expected, and preparation and class participation are essential for learning outcomes.
Feedback during the teaching period
Feedback will be given in different forms, among others in the following ways:

1) Individual feedback on course-related content during office hours.

2) Peer-level feedback during presentations.

3) Grade on written closed book exam.
Student workload
lectures 33 hours
preparation for classes and exam 170 hours
Expected literature


All readings are downloadable from the CBS Library.


Cases are included in the text book or posted on CBSLearn.

Last updated on 17-12-2018