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Entry requirements: The equivalent of English B and 60 credits in Business Administration

Selection: On the basis of previous university credits. Max. 165 credits may be taken into account.

This course is only open for exchange students.

Information about application for exchange students

  • SS18 week 08-12, fulltime100%, day. Only for exchange students.

International Management

Course 7.5 credits

International management is about succeeding in international operations. Much has been written about the need for companies to think globally, i.e. to have a global vision and strategy, and the ability to implement worldwide processes. This course, which is based on seminar discussions, is recommended only for those with a high level of spoken and written English. It focuses on the challenges of developing strategies and managing organisations and companies with activities that cross national borders. There is particular emphasis on the ways in which multinational corporations differ from domestic companies, as well as the practical problems and challenges of managing multinational corporations in the twenty-first century. The goal is to equip students, i.e. the business leaders of tomorrow, with the necessary skills for formulating strategies and developing businesses in a multinational context, in addition to dealing with country management, coordination of local subsidiaries, the management of international partnerships and, most importantly, developing a personal view of global business. On completion of the course, students are able to understand the functionality of the value chain and the pros and cons of the ‘business ideal’ concept, and to judge when these complement each other or not. Secondly, students are able to understand the role of scarce and needed resources, as well as the formation of companies and teams. This is known as ‘partnering’, i.e. acquiring assets and capabilities and aligning infrastructure (subsidiaries, agents and distributors etc.) to global strategies and ambitions. Finally, students are able to understand how changes happen, i.e. different situations require different ‘change paths’ and successful change takes place on a path that is appropriate to a specific situation. Course assessment includes a short essay, two case studies and a final written examination.

The information below comes from the syllabus and is valid from: spring semester 2013

Course design

The course consists of lectures and case study discussions. The topic of the case study is covered in a lecture prior to work commencing. Students are expected to pepare for class by reading the required literature, and be prepared to take part in discussions and ask and answer questions relating to the assigned text. During the course, each student is required to make both written and oral presentations in a group setting. Students are expected to work full time, read and comprehend the course text, as well as other sources, and to complete the written assignments.

Learning outcomes

After the course the students should have

Knowledge and understanding

  • an understanding of international management concepts and methods;
  • a familiarity with topics relating to the globalization of the world economy;
  • an ability to interpret and understand central elements of recent world economic development;
Skills and abilities
  • a strategic approach to the challenges that management meets in the global economy;
  • an ability to discuss international institutions, strategic alliances, multinational e-commerce and culture;
  • an ability to explore issues of diversity and social responsibility;
Judgement and approach
  • an ability to analyze a variety of international organizational situations and an understanding of how strategies can be devloped to meet new challenges in the global economy;
  • an advanced approach to international management and relevant research in this area.


The course consists of four written case studies and a take-home examination.
Each of the four written case studies accounts for 10% of the grade.
The final take-home examination accounts for the remaining 60% of the grade.

Grading criteria will be distributed at course/module start.

Syllabus valid from spring semester 2013

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