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2023/2024  BA-BIBAO3010U  Asian Economic Organisation & Competitiveness

English Title
Asian Economic Organisation & Competitiveness

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory (also offered as elective)
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 03-07-2023

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Learning objectives
At the end of the course the students should be able to:
  • Identify the “East Asian Challenge” in terms of economic growth, foreign trade, foreign direct investment and role in global international business.
  • 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 and Japan.
  • Compare business networks and/or corporate governance models in China and Japan and evaluate the importance of recent reform.
  • Define similarities and differences in enterprise organisation and management in China and Japan.
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
Release of assignment An assigned subject is released in class
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.In the beginning of the course, the instructor will present a list of possible topic for the students to choose from. 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.

Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

By focusing on the economic and political context of Chinese and Japanese 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 and Japan's role in the global economy, followed by a series of lectures on the nature and characteristics of Chinese/Japanese economic organizations. In addition the competitiveness of the two countries 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/Japan's approach to market economy and examines in detail Chinese/Japanese business networks, the form and structure of the Chinese/Japanese firm, the institutional, economic and political environment as well as the deelopment of "alliance/network" capitalism.

Description of the teaching methods
Classes are lecture/discussion format. Students are expected to form study groups and to prepare short presentations in class. During lectures and discussion sessions, instructors reserve the right to "cold-call" on students. Individual groups will be supervised 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.

The course will be evaluated by students twice during the semester: mid-semester and at the end of the semester.

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 38 hours
Preparation 68 hours
Exam and exam preparation 100 hours
Expected literature

Final literature lists will be uploaded on Canvas before the beginning of the course.

Last updated on 03-07-2023