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2021/2022  BA-BIBAO3010U  Asian Economic Organisation & Competitiveness

English Title
Asian Economic Organisation & Competitiveness

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
  • Kjeld Erik Brødsgaard - Department of International Economics, Goverment and Business (EGB)
Main academic disciplines
  • Corporate governance
  • Globalisation and international business
  • International political economy
Teaching methods
  • Blended learning
Last updated on 17-05-2021

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Learning objectives
At the end of the course the students should be able to:
  • Identify the “China Challenge” in terms of economic growth, foreign trade, foreign direct investment and role in global international business.
  • Evaluate the importance of politics in the Chinese development trajectory.
  • Discuss competing theories on national and global competitiveness, such as Porter’s Diamond and Nolan’s Big Business Revolution, in the context of contemporary Asian society with particular reference to China.
  • Discuss the political and institutional context of business networks and organizations in China.
Asian Economic Organisation & Competitiveness:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Size of written product Max. 10 pages
Assignment type Project
Duration Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Autumn
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Description of the exam procedure

The examination is a term paper based on a topic that the instructor must approve. The term paper must apply relevant material from the compendium and the obligatory literature, showing a clear delimitation of the research question, and demonstrating an ability to apply standard rules for quoting and referencing the applied literature and sources.



The exam must be handed in through Digital Exam

Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

By focusing on the economic and political context of Chinese business organizations, the overall aim of the course is to provide a solid understanding of the shift of economic power that is currently changing the world and global international business.


The course will start with an overview of China’s role in the global economy, followed by a series of lectures on the nature and characteristics of Chinese economic organizations. In addition the competitiveness of the Chinese economy will be discussed in overall terms as well as from the perspective of selected industries and branches. Against this background the course then explores issues related to China’s approach to market economy and examines in detail Chinese business networks, the form and structure Chinese of firms and the institutional, economic and political environment.

Description of the teaching methods
There will be a series of pre-recorded on-line lectures. In class the main issues and insights from these lectures will be discussed and put into perspective. This will be based on short summaries by the lecturer combined with student group presentations and discussion. Individual groups will be supervise on-line on a regular basis.
Feedback during the teaching period
Students will receive feedback in relation to class discussion. They will be divided into groups which will make presentations in class and receive oral feedback from peers and the course coordinator.In selecting and deciding a topic of their choice for the term paper, students will receive oral and written guidance and feedback from the course coordinator.

Please take advantage of the "office hours" offered by full-time staff members, although these can never be a substitute for participation in lectures and classes.
Student workload
Classes (i.e., hours spent at classes) 38 hours
Preparation (i.e. hours spent for reading, group work, etc.) 71 hours
Exam (i.e., hours spent on exam preparation and the actual exam) 100 hours
Further Information

Please note that this course is offered under a new course code and will be offered for the first time in autumn 2020 in the new IBA structure following the IBA programme reform. The course is based on a previously offered IBA course.

Expected literature


Last updated on 17-05-2021