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2021/2022  BA-BINBO1143U  International Business Thesis

English Title
International Business Thesis

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 15 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Quarter
Start time of the course Fourth Quarter, Summer
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BSc in International Business
Course coordinator
  • Bersant Hobdari - Department of International Economics, Goverment and Business (EGB)
Main academic disciplines
  • Globalisation and international business
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 29-06-2021

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Learning objectives
  • • The project must be written within the field of international business, which involves a cross-border, cross-cultural or comparative perspective.
  • • The research question(s) must be rooted in the programme curriculum to date.
  • • Students must display the ability to formulate and explain research questions
  • • Students must select, combine, and apply relevant concepts and theories in relation to specified research questions, and be prepared to justify the choices made.
  • • Students must adopt and use relevant methods to answer such research questions and be prepared to justify the choices made
  • • Students must display the ability to coherently formulate and present (in writing and orally) well-argued arguments about development of and answers to the research question(s) posed, making use of the chosen theories, methodology and data.
  • • Students must critically reflect on all the choices made as well as the quality of the answers produced.
International Business Thesis:
Exam ECTS 15
Examination form Oral exam based on written product

In order to participate in the oral exam, the written product must be handed in before the oral exam; by the set deadline. The grade is based on an overall assessment of the written product and the individual oral performance, see also the rules about examination forms in the programme regulations.
Individual or group exam Oral group exam based on written group product
Number of people in the group 2-3
Size of written product Max. 80 pages
1 student = 40 pages, 2 students = 60 pages and 3 students = 80 pages.
Assignment type Bachelor project
Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
30 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Grading scale 7-point grading scale

The student’s spelling and writing skills are taken into consideration in the overall assessment of the examination performance, but the academic content is given the highest weight.
Regulations regarding the summary The summary must be written in English.
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and external examiner
Exam period Summer, The exam lasts 30 minutes for an individual student, 45 minutes for a group of 2 students and 60 minutes for a group of 3 students. These times include the examiners' discussion of the grade and provision of feedback about exam performance and the grade to the student(s).
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Make-up examinations and Retake examinations take place in accordance with the same rules as the regular examination. However, the following supplementary rules apply:

If a failing grade (-3 or, 00) is earned by all individual members of the group, the overall project is deemed unacceptable, and the individual members of the group will not graduate from the BSc IB Programme in June. The individual members of the group must retake the exam at the earliest during the retake period in August. Before the retake examination the project must be revised and improved. To provide guidance in this respect, the examiner and the external examiner will submit a brief written critique of the project within eight working days of the individual oral examination.

If a failing grade (-3, or 00) is earned by one or some of the group members, the student(s) will not graduate from the BSc IB Programme in June. The student(s) must retake the exam at the earliest during the retake period in August. The student(s) who fail the oral defence have the option of writing an individual bachelor project based on a new topic subject to approval by the BSc IB Programme Study Board unless the advisor approves the current project and indicates that adequate changes can be made to pass the exam. To provide guidance in this respect, the examiner and the external examiner will, within eight working days of the individual oral examination, submit a written critique of the respective student(s) performance and specify the supplementary material needed.
Description of the exam procedure

Each group is to prepare a project proposal of maximum of 3 pages. The proposal generally includes the following sections: Introduction, Research Question, Literature Review, Methodology, and a Reference list. The project proposal must be approved by the thesis advisor. Once approved by the thesis advisor, the proposal is submitted, by a specified deadline, for approval by the course coordinator of the Bachelor thesis writing course. Upon the latter approval, the students can commence work towards completion of the thesis.

The maximum length of the bachelor project depends on the number of students in the group. The page count does not include front page, declaration of authorship, executive summary or abstract, table of contents, bibliography, and appendices. 

1 group member:  maximum 40 pages 
2 group members: maximum 60 pages 
3 group members: maximum 80 pages 

Declaration of Authorship must be included in the group project.

Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

See teaching methods

Description of the teaching methods
The role of the thesis advisor is to participate in a critical dialogue with students about the project drafts. The initiative always lies on the students’ shoulders. Thesis advising is always guided by the students’ questions. Based upon these facts, the role of the advisor is as follows:

1. The advisor involves her/him self in discussions concerning issue formulation and choice of methodology and theory.

2. The advisor involves her/him self in discussions about the project as it progresses: s/he shall read and question drafts of the issue formulation, as well as may read and discuss drafts of some individual sections of the project and discuss these with the group. The advisor will not read the entire project at any point in the supervision process.

3. The advisor is not to be viewed as an encyclopaedia, dictionary, or editor.

4. The advisor supports teamwork and cooperation in the group.

5. The advisor may not tell the group the name of the external examiner before the oral exam.

6. An advisor may never grant an exemption from any thesis deadlines.

7. At the oral exam, the advisor’s role changes from that of advisor to that of examiner. The advisor will evaluate and grade the thesis.

Each group is entitled to a pre-determined number of supervision hours, listed below, dependent upon the number of students in the group. These are the total numbers of hours available per group. The below-mentioned hours include all time used with the advisor, including actual consultation, email reading/writing, preparation for meetings, proposal reading, etc.

Number of students / Advising Hours:

1 student 7 advising hours
2 students 12 advising hours
3 students 16 advising hours

To benefit most from these limited hours, plan very strategically how you expect to best utilize your supervision time. As well, always arrive well prepared for your meetings with your advisor!
Feedback during the teaching period
The student will get feedback after the oral exam. For further feedback the student should contact the advisor.
Student workload
Exam 0,5 hours
Preparation 450 hours
Last updated on 29-06-2021