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International Business, 7,5 ECTS Credits
COURSE CATEGORY   Single Subject Course
MAIN FIELD OF STUDY   Business administration - FÖA
  COURSE CODE   723G10
After completion of the course, the students should be able to:
- describe the characteristics of the global business environment in general and national and regional business environments more specifically
- search for, obtain, and apply knowledge and understanding of specialized topics
- communicate existing research results to a broad audience
- handle dynamics that arise as a result of working in international project groups
- engage in critical reflection of existing opinions and arguments, develop and communicate their own arguments and opinions
- summarize existing knowledge, critically reflect upon research contributions, to develop synthesis skills and use newly gained knowledge to create new interesting insights
- undertake an industry or market entry analysis by investigating a company’s entrance into an international market context, in the process establishing the governing market conditions and influences which specifically relate to cross-border exchange
- assess the cultural aspects of decision making and to understand the meaning of cultural dimension in terms of strengths and weaknesses of culturally related behaviour and its consequences when applied into a business context
This course intends to provide the students with skills that they can apply within the international business context.

The course consists of two parts: 1) teacher led education in the form of lectures and seminars, and 2) students own work; individually and in group

1) The first part includes a presentation of a framework on a macro, meso, and micro level for doing business internationally, i.e. the institutional context and economic geography of international business. Focus will be on theories about the nature of international business and why it exists, including aspects of internationalization and the international business environment. The aim is to provide an insight into the traditional and dominating theoretical paradigms, as well as the environment of international business operations. The focus is extended to the process of internationalization, market entry modes, business strategies and organizational aspects. This first part also looks into other analytical issues unique to international business.

2) The second part is aimed at the application of theories and knowledge. Focus is on developing skills to read, summarize and reflect upon existing research within the international business field and develop team-working skills. The aim is to deepen the discussion on the course literature perspectives, theories and models by obtaining specialized knowledge and understanding of a topic and communicating this. Further, focus is on application and use of theoretical concepts in an empirical context.
The aim of the course is fulfilled through the use of different pedagogical forms:
- Lectures
- Seminars
- Individual assignments
- Group Assignment
- Group Project Work
- Presentation, discussion and assessment of assignment results
- Case work (tentative)
Examination will be based on 1) individual performance and contributions, and 2) group related performance and contribution. Graded moments within this course include Individual assignments, group assignments, and a written examination.

Students failing an exam covering either the entire course or part of the course two times are entitled to have a new examiner appointed for the reexamination.

Students who have passed an examination may not retake it in order to improve their grades.

At least two years of full-time undergraduate studies, one of which must be in a discipline relevant to the course. The teaching language is English and students are expected to possess the language skills required to be an active part of this course.Documented knowledge of English equivalent to "Engelska B"; i.e. English as native language or an internationally recognized test, e.g. TOEFL (minimum scores: Paperbased 575 + TWE-score 4.5, internetbased 90 TWE-score 20), IELTS, academic (minimum score: Overall band 6.5 and no band under 5.5), or equivalent.
The course is graded according to the ECTS grading scale A-F
Course certificate is issued by the Faculty Board on request. The Department provides a special form which should be submitted to the Student Affairs Division.
The course literature is decided upon by the department in question.
Planning and implementation of a course must take its starting point in the wording of the syllabus. The course evaluation included in each course must therefore take up the question how well the course agrees with the syllabus.

The course is carried out in such a way that both men´s and women´s experience and knowledge is made visible and developed.
International Business
International Business
Department responsible
for the course or equivalent:
IEI - Department of Management and Engineering
Registrar No: 2009-00139   Course Code: 723G10      
    Exam codes: see Local Computer System      
Subject/Subject Area : Business administration - FÖA          
Level   Education level     Subject Area Code   Field of Education  
G2X   Basic level     FÖA   SA  
The syllabus was approved by the Board of Faculty of Arts and Science 2009-12-10
Latest revision 2011-03-23