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2019/2020  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 Autumn
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
  • Globalisation and international business
  • Strategy
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 28-06-2019

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Learning objectives
The objective of this course is to provide students with the conceptual and analytical tools to help them develop their argument in a logical manner.
On successful completion of the course, students should be able to;
• Logically explain concepts and theoretical frameworks regarding the interrelationship between the formulation/​implementation of strategies and the international business environment;
• Critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of different strategic choices, and make a judgement as to a range of challenging circumstances in an international setting;
• Independently develop their analysis of real-world business situations and convey well-argued strategies and action plans; and
• Identify potential obstacles to the strategy implementation, and acknowledge the limitation/disadvantage of a strategy by considering factors that could influence on it.
Prerequisites for registering for the exam (activities during the teaching period)
Number of compulsory activities which must be approved: 1
Compulsory home assignments
In order to partcipate in the ordinary exam the student must get 1 out of the 2 assignments approved.

1. Activity – Group presentation on a scientific article chosen by the course coordinator.
2. Activity – Group presentation on a business case chosen by the course coordinator.

Both activities are group tasks and will not be individualised.

Students will not have extra opportunities to get the required number of compulsory activities approved prior to the ordinary exam. If a student has not received approval of the required number of compulsory activities or has been ill, the student cannot participate in the ordinary exam.
If a student prior to the retake is still missing approval for the required number of compulsory activities and meets the pre-conditions set out in the program regulations, an extra assignment is possible.

The extra assignment is a 10 page home assignment that will cover the required number of compulsory activities. If approved, the student will be able to attend retake.
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-point grading scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam period Winter
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, structure and pedagogical approach

The course examines the key strategic issues facing multinational enterprises (MNEs) and the push and pull factors that affect them. It focuses on the logic of strategy design, decision-making for strategy execution, and its implementation across borders. The course includes a range of strategic approaches to different business environments in an interdisciplinary manner, with special attention to foreign market entry modes.

Description of the teaching methods
Both the knowledge of theoretical/conceptual frameworks and applying them to the real business settings are essential parts of this course. Thus, teaching will be based upon a combination of lectures, case studies, in-class discussion and group presentations. Each element is equally important to develop analytical skills.
Students are expected to actively participate in class-activities to receive feedback and to facilitate constructive interactions.
Feedback during the teaching period
Feedback will be given in different forms, among others in the following ways:
- During in-class discussion and case analysis. Thus, students' participation is essential.
- Instructor's oral/written feedback on group presentation
- Peer-feedback on group presentation

Student workload
Lectures/ group presentations/ class-discussion 33 hours
Preparation for classes and exam 180 hours
Examination 4 hours
Expected literature

Readings: core readings will be downloadable from the CBS Library.

Cases: students will need to purchase cases. The link to the case pack will be provided on CBS Learn.

Last updated on 28-06-2019