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2023/2024  KAN-CCMVI2097U  International Strategic Management

English Title
International Strategic Management

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration Summer
Start time of the course Summer
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Min. participants 30
Max. participants 60
Study board
Study Board for cand.merc. and GMA (CM)
Course coordinator
  • Michael Mueller - Department of International Economics, Goverment and Business (EGB)
For academic questions related to the course, please contact course coordinator Michael Mueller (mm.egb@cbs.dk).
Main academic disciplines
  • Globalisation and international business
  • Management
  • Strategy
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 22-11-2023

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Learning objectives
To achieve the grade 12, students should meet the following learning objectives with no or only minor mistakes or errors:
  • Identify key concepts, frameworks and theories behind international strategic management practices discussed during the course.
  • Use relevant theories and frameworks to analyze challenges and problems associated with implementation of international management practices.
  • Understand and assess the dilemmas and challenges facing the international manager in different contexts and different phases of the business cycle.
  • Discuss how recent developments in international business challenge conventional strategic management practices.
  • Apply and critically assess international strategic management theories and frameworks to real cases.
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 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 Summer
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
The 1st is a 72-hour, maximum 10-pages home assignment.
If the number of registered candidates for the make-up examination/re-take examination warrants that it may most appropriately be held as an oral examination, the programme office will inform the students that the make-up examination/re-take examination will be held as an oral examination instead.
Description of the exam procedure

Home assignment written in paralle with the course.

Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

Internationalization is reshaping our world, and it will continue to do so. International firms manufacture, sell, service, and employ people in markets with different cultures, beliefs, laws, and socio-economic development in comparison to their home market. The reawakening of nationalism and protectionism, and recent high-impact events further reveal the multi-faceted challenges firms face when doing business across borders. Political changes, such as Brexit, can limit the ability to hire labor from abroad and push firms to seek other markets and relocate production facilities. A global pandemic can slow down expansion plans and halt business travel altogether. International armed conflicts can redefine market portfolios. Even a single container ship blocking the Suez Canal can break the supply chains of entire industries. 


Only those firms that can identify and overcome these challenges and that turn cross-national differences into opportunities will be able to compete successfully at the international stage. In International Strategic Management, we are going to explore which strategic decisions make international expansion successful. Building on a rich body of research at the intersection of international business and strategy, this course introduces students to a coherent, research-based collection of concepts, frameworks, and tools to enable (future) managers to craft and implement successful international strategies.


This course is designed to stimulate discussions concerning managerial decision-making and reflections on contemporary international strategic management topics. Students will learn to identify key concepts, frameworks, and theories behind international strategic management practices; and to creatively apply knowledge from different approaches to the problems facing today’s international firms.

Description of the teaching methods
This course builds on a combination of readings, lectures, podcasts, videos, and cases. Cases and real-life examples – which cover a variety of industries and national contexts – are used as vehicles to explore and sensitize students to a range of common issues in the formulation and implementation of international strategic management. Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of core concepts in in-class quizzes and are expected to share their insights and experience with the class to help create a constructive learning environment.
Feedback during the teaching period
Exam style case with individual feedback
Student workload
Preliminary assignment 5 hours
Classroom attendance 30 hours
Preparation 134 hours
Feedback activity 7 hours
Exam paper 30 hours
Further Information
3-week course that cannot be combined with any other course.
Preliminary Assignment: The course coordinator uploads Preliminary Assignment on Canvas at the end of May. It is expected that students participate as it will be included in the final exam, but the assignment is without independent assessment and grading.




Last updated on 22-11-2023