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2022/2023  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
  • Michael Mueller - Department of International Economics, Goverment and Business (EGB)
Main academic disciplines
  • Globalisation and international business
  • Strategy
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 27-06-2022

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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 in challenging international settings;
  • Independently analyse real-world business situations, and articulate and convey well-argued strategies and action plans;
  • Identify potential obstacles to strategy implementation, and propose actions through which these can be overcome.
Prerequisites for registering for the exam (activities during the teaching period)
Number of compulsory activities which must be approved (see section 13 of the Programme Regulations): 1
Compulsory home assignments
Students must pass 1 out of 2 assignments (max. 5 pages) in order to attend the ordinary exam. Both assignments will be based on the cases we discuss in class and are designed as group tasks for up to five students. More information on the assignments will be discussed in class.

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 the retake.
International Business and Strategy:
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 Written assignment
Duration 48 hours to prepare
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
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

The course examines the push and pull factors that affect internationalisation of firms and key issues facing multinational enterprises (MNEs). It pays attention to not only strategy formulation and implementation in MNEs, but also to the positive and negative impacts that MNEs might have on host countries. The course considers these topics in the context of complex global value chains and the role of international business in economic development. The course examines business environments through different angles, with special attention to modes of entry into foreign markets.

Description of the teaching methods
The essential parts of this course consist of the knowledge of theoretical/conceptual frameworks and application of the academic frameworks to the real business settings. Teaching will be based on a combination of lectures, examples/case studies. Each element is equally important to develop analytical skills.
Feedback during the teaching period
Feedback will be given in different forms, for example:
- Individual feedback during office hours.
- Individual feedback during in-class discussion.
- Feedback/comments to enquiries Discussion Forum in Canvas.
Students are expected to actively participate in class-discussion and course activities to facilitate constructive interactions and receive feedback.
Student workload
Lectures/ group presentations/ class-discussion 33 hours
Preparation for classes and exam 170 hours
Expected literature
  • Core readings: The list of readings will be provided in Canvas. Readings will be downloadable from the CBS Library.
  • Case studies: students are required to purchase cases. The link to the case pack will be provided in Canvas.
Last updated on 27-06-2022