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2022/2023  KAN-CICOO1005U  International Strategic Management

English Title
International Strategic Management

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory (also offered as elective)
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 Master of Arts (MA) in International Business Communication in English
Course coordinator
  • Alex Klinge - Department of Management, Society and Communication (MSC)
  • Thomas Feldborg Lohse - Department of Organization (IOA)
Main academic disciplines
  • Communication
  • Management
  • Strategy
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 23-06-2022

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Learning objectives
  • explain how the different theories of strategy form an organisation’s view of the world and limit its choices
  • Analyse a company’s possibilities of action within a school of strategy
  • Evaluate strategic choices, benefits and drawbacks, from the perspective of different schools of strategy
  • Recommend actions vis-a-vis business cases and discuss the limitations of those recommendations
International Strategic Management:
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 Case based assignment
Duration 24 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 purpose of this course is to give students an understanding of the different theoretical views of strategy, as well as giving them an understanding of the practical application of the different approaches when designing international business strategy.


First, the course addresses the theoretical and managerial consequences of different schools of strategy and examine the advantages, disadvantages and blind spots of each theoretical framework. These theories will give an insight into descriptive theories of strategy and the analytical processes of formulating prescriptive strategies, in order to show how strategy is used in business analysis and planning.


The second part of the course focuses on international business strategy, including how the industry structure influences an organisation’s choice of position in the global marketplace, how the company’s resources determine the competitive advantage, and the role on the institutional environment. This latter perspective will examine how formal and informal institutions reduce uncertainty, how and why isomorphism constrains an organisation’s space of action, and how path dependency influences, and limits, future possibilities of strategy decisions.


Business cases are used throughout the course in order to train students to identify and evaluate different strategies and problem solving methods. The cases touch on concrete, strategic choices faced by managers and organisations and cover international strategy from different, geographical directions. They will address the strategic choices which confront Western MNEs, and how enterprises from the developing world engage in the mature markets for products and services in the West.


Students’ ability to engage in qualified discussions on the basis of the above is developed through business cases and group presentations throughout the course.


Feedback will be given in connection to groupwork and group presentations as well as individually when discussing the cases during exercise classes.


Indicative literature:


Mintzberg et al.: Strategy Safari. The free Press. 

Description of the teaching methods
To be announced
Feedback during the teaching period
Student workload
Preparation for lectures 76 hours
Preparation for classes 105 hours
Preparation fro the exam 25 hours
Last updated on 23-06-2022