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2024/2025  KAN-CCMVV2442U  Digital technologies and the multinational firm

English Title
Digital technologies and the multinational firm

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Quarter
Start time of the course First Quarter
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for cand.merc. and GMA (CM)
Course coordinator
  • Björn Jindra - Department of International Economics, Goverment and Business (EGB)
Main academic disciplines
  • Globalisation and international business
  • Information technology
  • Strategy
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 15-02-2024

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Learning objectives
  • To develop an appreciation of technology as an integral part of the competitive firm strategy.
  • To understand issues involved in launching and offering technology services and products globally.
  • To recognise issues involved in innovation process of firms operating across countries.
  • To gain insights into how incumbent multinational firms cope with disruptive digital technologies and how younger digital firms interact with international markets.
Digital Technologies and the Multinational Firm:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Group exam
Please note the rules in the Programme Regulations about identification of individual contributions.
Number of people in the group 2
Size of written product Max. 25 pages
Note that the student can choose to write an individual project of max 15 pages.
Assignment type Written assignment
Release of assignment The Assignment is released in Digital Exam (DE) at exam start
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
If the student fails the ordinary exam the course coordinator chooses whether the student will have to hand in a revised product for the re- take or a new project.
Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

Todays’ corporate technological leaders are operating across international markets.

They not only run the highest budgets for research and development (R&D) but also orchestrate knowledge integration and innovation at an international level.
This course starts by facilitating an appreciation of technology as an integral part of the competitive firm strategy.

It explores the nature of the innovation process and its relation to markets, technology, and the firm. Thereby, it highlights opportunities and challenges involved in the innovation process of multinational firms, proceeds by discussing the impact of disruptive digital technologies such as social media, AI, blockchain, Internet-of-Things as well as platforms as organizational innovation.


Students develop insights into how incumbent multinational enterprises adjust to disruptive digital technologies as well as and how younger digital firms interact with international markets.

Description of the teaching methods
This course is taught in Harvard-style case method, which involves energetic class discussion and interaction.

A considerable share of class time is devoted to case discussion.
Case discussion is complemented by lectures that summarize and provide additional insights on the class topic. Students develop knowledge through in-class case discussions. Thus, preparation and class participation are essential for students to do well in the course.
The group examination activates students to deepen conceptual as well as factual knowledge in the context of a project of their choice within the scope of the course syllabus.
Feedback during the teaching period
Students will receive feedback from the instructor each class during case discussions.
Student workload
Class preparation 144 hours
Teaching 30 hours
Exam preparation 20 hours
Examination 12 hours
Last updated on 15-02-2024