International Business, 7.5 credits (723G65)

International Business, 7.5 hp

Course description

The course intends to provide skills in describing the characteristics of the global business environment in general and national and regional business environments more specifically. The aim is to develop student skills in Market/Industry/Internationalization analysis in a global context. The institutional context and economic geography of international business, internationalisation strategies, organizational challenges and cultural aspects of decision making will be covered in this course.

Main field of study

Business Administration


First cycle

Course type

Single subject course


Lars Witell

Course coordinator

Aliaksei Kazlou

Director of studies or equivalent

Svjetlana Pantic Dragisic

Available for exchange students



Aliaksei Kazlou, Course teacher

Kostas Mitrolpoulos, International Coordinator

Linnea Fors, Study Adviser

Maria Sjöqvist, Administrator

Svjetlana Pantic Dragisic, Study Director

Course offered for Semester Weeks Language Campus VOF
Single subject course (Full-time, Day-time) Autumn 2019 v201949-202003 English Linköping
Single subject course (Full-time, Day-time) Autumn 2019 v201949-202003 English Linköping

Main field of study

Business Administration

Course level

First cycle

Advancement level


Entry requirements

At least two years (120 ECTS credits) of undergraduate studies, of which a minimum of 60 ECTS credits in Business Administration (or equivalent).
Documented knowledge of English equivalent to Engelska B/Engelska 6. Exemption from Swedish 3/B.

Intended learning outcomes

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

Course content

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.

Teaching and working methods

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
Homework and independent study are a necessary complement to the course. Language of instruction: English


Examination through various assignments and an individual written exam. Detailed information about the examination can be found in the course’s study guide .

Students failing an exam covering either the entire course or part of the course twice 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.



Other information

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.


Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling


Rugman, Alan M., Collinson, Simon, International Business 6. or 7., [updated] ed. Harlow : Pearson

ISBN: 9780273760979


Aspelund, A., Moen, Ø., A generation perspective on small firm internationalization: From traditional exporters and flexible specialists to born globals Advances in International Marketing (2001, 11:197-225)
Kotabe, M., Mol, M.J., Ketkar, S., An evolutionary stage model of outsourcing and competence destruction: a triad comparison of the consumer electronics industry Management International Review (2008, 48(1):65-93)
ASSI Assignments EC 3.5 credits
EXA1 Written Examination EC 4 credits

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