MSc Business Administration – Strategy and Management in International Organisations, 120 credits

Business Administration - Strategy and Management in International Organisations

In the two-year master’s program in Business Administration - Strategy and Management in International Organizations (SMIO) we aim to educate future leaders with good judgment, who can analyze complex problems and make well-balanced decisions.

Business Administration - Strategy and Management in International Organisations, Master's Programme

Autumn 2019, Full time 100%, Linköping

The learning pillars of the programme are research-based knowledge grounded in rich empirical examples, a focus on critical and in-depth analysis, and communication of results. The programme combines the depth of a research master with the rich practical examples and casework-intensity of a more practical master. The programme courses therefore each lay a solid research foundation in the form of articles and books by both classic and contemporary great thinkers. On top of that, each course provides insights into the workings of a number of international organisations (ranging from Starbucks and Apple to The Red Cross) and empirical phenomena (from CSR and outsourcing trends to business development in East Africa). Students then use their research-based foundation to draw connections, define problems and analyse through for example casework and projects. Each course also practices the students’ communication skills in one or more areas, through the writing of argumentative essays, oral presentations, feedback-sessions, debates and café seminars.

The programme seeks to simulate the future work environment of the students, and hence learning processes are centered in teamwork, leadership and organisation, and set in an environment where the study tempo and expectations are high and the diversity of people great. Over the past years we have received students from more than 60 different countries, ranging from Argentina to Zambia. A typical SMIO class consists of some 20 different nationalities, which brings interesting perspectives to discussions as well as insights into the different markets of the world. The cultural mix enables us to use the class itself as a teaching tool, where the development of cross-cultural competences becomes a positive side effect of for example team projects.

From day one, we actively work with team processes where taken-for-granted ideas are challenged and the students’ abilities are stretched, step-by-step. Our SMIO students are typically highly committed and hard-working, used to assuming responsibility, and working under pressure in a multicultural environment where a variety of perspectives have to be turned into workable solutions. Challenging assignments and tight deadlines hone the students’ bonds and SMIO students therefore generally get to know each other well, forming an international network for the future.

Upon successful completion of the programme, students will have acquired analytical skills, problem-solving skills, and a solid strategic foundation. They will also be seasoned team workers with an international outlook, who are used to embracing complexity.

Building strong ties

The programme has been designed to ease socialisation, and makes students quickly form ties across cultural boundaries. Initially, courses work actively with socialisation through teambuilding as well as leadership and organisation exercises. Furthermore, the SMIO Big Brothers and Sisters, a group of six to eight handpicked senior students, support our new students from the moment they are admitted and act as mentors and role models as well as organise activities ranging from BBQs to company visits.

We know who you are

We deliberately aim to keep the programme small (about 40 students per intake). This means that as a SMIO student you are a familiar face to your teachers and most of them will know you by name. Student-teacher interaction is quite informal, and teachers are generally approachable and interested.

Learning environment

Teaching philosophy

The learning pillars of the program are research-based knowledge grounded in rich empirical examples, a focus on critical and in-depth analysis, and communication of results.

Knowledge Analysis CommunicationThe program combines the depth of a research master with the rich practical examples and casework-intensity of a more practical master. The program courses therefore each lay a solid research foundation in the form of articles by both classic and contemporary great thinkers. On top of that, each course provides insights into the workings of a number of international organizations (ranging from Starbucks and Apple to The Red Cross) and empirical phenomena (from CSR and outsourcing trends to business development in East Africa). Students then use their research-based foundation to draw connections, define problems and analyze through for example casework and projects. Each course also practices the students’ communication skills in one or more areas, through the writing of argumentative essays, oral presentations, feedback-sessions, debates and café seminars.

A challenging environment

The program seeks to simulate the future work environment of the students, and hence learning processes are centered in teamwork, leadership and organization, and set in an environment where the study tempo and expectations are high. From day one, we actively work with team processes where taken-for-granted ideas are challenged and the students’ abilities are stretched, step-by-step. Our SMIO students are typically highly committed and hard-working, used to assuming responsibility, and working in a multicultural environment where a variety of perspectives have to be turned into workable solutions.

The world in one classroom

Over the past years we have received students from more than 60 different countries, ranging from Argentina to Zambia. A typical SMIO class consists of some 20 different nationalities, which brings interesting perspectives to discussions as well as insights into the different markets of the world. The cultural mix also enables us to use the class itself as a teaching tool, where the development of cross-cultural competences becomes a positive side effect of for example team projects.

Building strong ties

The program has been designed to ease socialization, and makes students quickly form ties across cultural boundaries. Initially, courses work actively with socialization through teambuilding as well as leadership and organization exercises. Furthermore, the SMIO Big Brothers and Sisters, a group of six to eight handpicked senior students, support our new students from the moment they are admitted and act as mentors and role models as well as organize activities ranging from BBQs to company visits. Challenging assignments and tight deadlines further hone the students’ bonds and SMIO students therefore generally get to know each other well, forming an international network for the future.

We know who you are

We deliberately aim to keep the program small (about 40 students per intake). This means that as a SMIO student you are a familiar face to your teachers and most of them will know you by name. Student-teacher interaction is quite informal, and teachers are generally approachable and interested.

Syllabus and course details

A detailed syllabus, curriculum, and information on the courses you may take can be found in our study information database via the link below.
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Career opportunities

Upon completion of the Business Administration master’s programme, students will be competent analysts and competitive candidates for employment in international organisations in general. Students who specialise in Innovation and Project Management will be ready to work within high-tech companies, and be equipped with a special understanding of highly innovative settings and project-based organizing. Students who specialise in Marketing will instead have a good foundation for understanding customer behaviour, new market research methods and brands. Among our alumni we find, for example, consultants, business analysts, innovation strategists, marketing and brand executives, HR managers and project managers. Some alumni have started their own businesses, while others have chosen to pursue an academic career through doctoral studies.

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