22038-V Firms and Business Environments, 6 cr
The aim of the course is to develop students’ understanding of firms and business environments from international management and political economy perspectives. The main focus of the course is on the new forms of the multinational company, and the evolution of national and regional business systems, political-economic institutions and social expectations toward firms in Europe. At the end of the course, students are expected to be able to identify key features of business environments and multinational companies, and to apply key concepts and models to critically analyze related situations and develop solutions to related problems in international business.
You have broad knowledge of central theories, concepts and models related to business environments and organization of multinational firms.
- acknowledge the political and institutional forces driving and shaping business in different environments, especially in Europe
- identify different institutional environments in which firms operate in Europe
- understand the nature and role of firms in different political economies
- describe different types of multinational firms, national business systems and political-economic institutions
- identify the value and wealth chains of multinational corporations and different ways of organizing them
The course discusses various types of multinational corporations and key differences between countries and business environments within Europe.
160 hours divided into
Scheduled contact hours: 28 h
Non-scheduled work hours: 132 h
Lectures 16 h, seminars 8 h (mandatory participation), and in-class group presentations 4 h (mandatory participation), self-study 132 h (including readings, one group assignments, and individual short essays).
Hill, C. 2011. International Business: Competing in the Global Marketplace. Boston: McGraw-Hill (8th edition or later)
Lecture slides and other literature (scientific articles) as specified by the instructor (see Moodle for details)
One group assignments (50 %) in which students analyze given business environments and multinational companies
Individual essays where students analyze case study in preparation for seminars (30 %)
Lecture and seminar attendance (20 %)
At least 50 per cent (‘pass’) is required for all the elements of the assessment in order to pass the course.
Please note that the points you receive for the sub-parts are valid only for one academic year.
Third year of Bachelor's studies
Students who have passed the earlier course International Business (8 credits, course code 1889-V) cannot take this course.
Open university quota: 3
Quota for JOO-students: 3
More detailed description of the course is available on the course page in Moodle.