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2019/2020  BA-BIBAO1010U  Introduction to International Business in Asia

English Title
Introduction to International Business in Asia

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BSc in Business, Asian Language and Culture
Course coordinator
  • Björn Jindra - Department of International Economics, Governance and Business (EGB)
The course is taught jointly by Aradhna Aggarwal, Nis Høyrup Christensen and Björn Jindra
Main academic disciplines
  • Globalisation and international business
Teaching methods
  • Blended learning
Last updated on 25-06-2019

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Learning objectives
At the exam the student should demonstrate that s/he can live up to the following learning objectives:
  • Understand and apply micro perspectives on international business and global value chains GVCs as well as macro perspective on trade and investment
  • Describe and interpret empirical trends and case studies of trade, foreign direct investment and GVCs in the Asian region
  • Explain how trade and investment patterns in the Asian region are shaped by the international political economy
Introduction to International Business in Asia:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Size of written product Max. 5 pages
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration 48 hours to prepare
Grading scale Pass / Fail
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Winter
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

This is a foundation course that introducing micro and macro perspectives on international business with particular reference to the Asian region. Thereby the course introduces fundamental theoretical concepts and use empirical insights. The course offers content in three focus areas:


  • In the first part, we introduce the micro perspective on international business explaining key concepts related to multinational firms, foreign direct investment (FDI) and global value chains (GVCs). We provide an overview of theoretical approaches to explain firms’ choices related to trade vs. FDI, location and mode of entry. We draw upon secondary statistics and cases of Western firms entering Asia as well as Asian firms entering Western markets.


  • The second part, introduces the macro perspective on trade and investment in the Asian region. It introduces basic empirical insights on the emerging trends. Attention is paid to trade corridors, supply chains, and implications of WTO and regional free trade agreements.


  • Finally in the third part, an international political economy perspective is offered on trade dynamics in the Asian region. Economic diplomacy, the role of international organizations, and the integrative effects of the numerous international agreements (regimes) will be discussed with emphasis on the effects on regional integration.
Description of the teaching methods
The teaching is based on a combination of lectures and exercises. The lectures focus on the introduction of relevant terminology, concepts and theories. They will offer overviews, examples, clarifications and elaborations of selected areas, as well as an opportunity to address student questions. A series of exercises provides the opportunity to deepen the understanding of new conceptual knowledge. Students actively work in groups on specific assignment. The exercises develop competences to link theory with empirical observations, analytical rigour and the ability to participate in a scientific discourse. The tutorials prepare the students for the final examination.
The course will also make use of online elements. In particular, this refers to the use of the online platform Peergrade for peer-to-peer feedback.
Feedback during the teaching period
Students receive feedback in the exercises on their assignments by the teachers. In addition, we practise feedback from peers through direct responses to other students’ work either during the exercises or by using the online platform Peergrade. Teachers offer further feedback in response to questions by groups of students or individual students. Please take advantage of the ‘office hours’ offered by the course coordinator, although these are not intended to be a substitute for participation in lectures and classes.
Student workload
Lectures 24 hours
Exercises 12 hours
Preparation 120 hours
Examination 50 hours
Expected literature

Hill, Charles W.L., & G. Thomas M. Hult, 2017, International Business: Competing in the Global Marketplace, McGraw Hill, (selected chapters)


Please note: these reading materials are only tentative and changes may occur. Final literature lists will be uploaded on Canvas before the begining of the course.

Last updated on 25-06-2019