Case studies of international management concepts and methods


International Management

7.5 credits




This course examines globalisation and international management and culture, allowing the interpretation and understanding of central aspects of recent world economic development. It is based around four case studies: Cultural Differences in an Enterprise; Strategic Alliances between Two Enterprises; IT and E-Commerce; and Ethical Aspects of Business.

This course is only open for exchange students.

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Skills that are in demand in all sectors Knowledge of Business Studies means you can work as an auditor, with marketing or with financing. You will have developed skills in how businesses can be organised, developed and renewed to survive on a competitive market. Business Studies can be combined with other subjects to broaden your competence. It is possible to work as a business administrator in almost all areas of society. Business Studies is therefore useful in all sectors and industries. After your studies, you can work in business administration for various types of companies and organisations. Business Studies provides skills that are beneficial in leadership positions. You will be able to follow and understand business developments, and be able to understand, explain and act in various organisational contexts. You will also gain innovative perspectives that will be useful in your private and professional life. What are former students doing now? Former students have different roles in multiple areas of business and public administration. Some of them run their own businesses. The ones who work in business administration are often on a career path, working their way up through an organisation. Others work in accounting, finances, budgeting and auditing, or in marketing, sales and purchasing, as well as in projects and review boards. Common workplaces include companies in services, trade and industry, or in banks, insurance companies, public authorities or organisations, or accounting and consulting agencies. Some also work for international companies and organisations. Read about research in this subject
Globalisation and international management concepts and methods This course aims to provide you with an understanding of international management concepts and methods, and familiarity with topics relating to the globalisation of the world economy. It will encourage you to take a strategic approach to the challenges of management in the global economy, and to discuss international institutions, strategic alliances, multinational e- commerce and culture. You will learn how to analyse a variety of international organizational situations and to understand how strategies can be developed to meet new challenges in the global economy, providing an advanced approach to international management and relevant research in this area. Course design The course is built up around lectures and the discussion of a case study. The case study is covered in an initial lecture, after which you are expected to participate in discussions and make both written and oral presentations in a group setting. The course is assessed through your work on the case studies and a final take-home examination.
Understand how organisations are built up, developed and renewed Business Studies is the right subject for you if you want to understand how organisations are built up, developed and renewed. The subject covers four areas: organisation and leadership, marketing, accounting and financing. You will study both private and public organisations. Businesses supply many of the goods and services we consume in our daily lives, so they have a vital role in society. Half of everything produced by Swedish companies is exported abroad, which is important for Sweden’s wealth. In a global economy, Swedish companies face competition from almost the entire world. Business Studies will give you tools to help businesses remain competitive on a global market. Companies are surrounded by a society in constant change. Business Studies covers entrepreneurship and innovation. Resourcefulness is necessary for new companies to be founded and for existing companies to survive. Entrepreneurship and innovation are therefore important areas of Business Studies. You will develop your ability to help companies survive by finding financing and making them profitable.