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INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

A.Y. Credits
2020/2021 8
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Fabio Musso Friday from 13.00 to 14.00
Teaching in foreign languages
Course entirely taught in a foreign language English
This course is entirely taught in a foreign language and the final exam can be taken in the foreign language.

Assigned to the Degree Course

Economics and Management (L-18)
Curriculum: ECONOMIA E MANAGEMENT
Date Time Classroom / Location
Date Time Classroom / Location

Learning Objectives

Note: THIS COURSE IS RESERVED FOR STUDENTS OF THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC STUDIES (EES) PROGRAM FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF BAMBERG

  • The course aims to provide basic knowledge about the internationalization of companies, analyzing criteria and methodologies of decision-making processes. Particular attention is paid to marketing tools and the way in which they should be used in order to the achieve a competitive advantage. The principal issues of the operational management of international activities are also analyzed.

Program

Part I –  Core concepts

1 Conceptual foundations of international business strategy

2 The critical role of firm-specific advantages

3 The nature of home country location advantages

4 The problem with host country location advantages

5 Combining firm-specific advantages and location advantages in a multinational network

Part II –  Functional issues

6 International innovation

7 International sourcing and production

8 International finance

9 International marketing

10 Managing managers in the multinational enterprise

Part III – Dynamics of global strategy

11 Entry mode dynamics 1: Foreign distributors

12 Entry mode dynamics 2: Strategic alliance partners

13 Entry mode dynamics 3: Mergers and acquisitions

14 The role of emerging economies

15 Emerging economy multinational enterprises

16A International strategies of corporate social responsibility

16B International strategies of corporate environmental sustainability

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

  • Knowledge and understanding: at the end of the course students should have acquired knowledge and understanding of the main dynamics that characterize the global economy and international trade - particularly with reference to international trade flows by sector and geographical areas, investment flows and the role that Italian enterprises play on the international scene - and how these dynamics have an impact on the strategic choices of companies. They must also have acquired skills of analysis of the foreign market management processes. They must also have a basic knowledge of the internationalization strategies and marketing strategies.
  • Knowledge and applied understanding : Students must be able to appropriately and flexibly apply their knowledge to analyze, understand and resolve situations and problems related to the management of internationalization strategies. They must also have knowledge applied in the management of planning the marketing mix at the international level.
  • Making judgments: students must have the ability to connect integrated and unitary patterns the knowledge acquired during the course and to confront complex problems independently and with its own judgment.
  • Communication skills: Students should acquire a clear and effective communication skills, thanks to a good control of the vocabulary related to the topics covered during the course. The methods of educational work in which these results will be achieved will consist of: lectures, testimonies, analysis and business case discussions, group work and seminars, project works.
  • Learning skills: Students must have developed good learning skills that enable them to deepen the knowledge acquired during the course in future courses on internationalization, and to acquire new knowledge, skills and abilities through work experience and working.

Teaching Material

The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Supporting Activities

Teaching materials and specific disclosure of the teacher is available, along with other support activities, within the Moodle platform (blended.uniurb.it)


Didactics, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment

Didactics
  • Lectures;
  • testimonies by entrepreneurs;
  • group works and drafting of papers on case studies;
  • classroom discussions.
Attendance

Mandatory for attendind students, not mandatory for non-attending students

Course books
  • Verbeke, Alain. International business strategy. Cambridge University Press, 2013.
Assessment

The assessment will be an interview consisting of questions on the topics covered during the course. The average time for the examination of each student takes about twenty minutes. For attending students who have carried out individual or group work on materials provided by the teacher or analysis of business cases, the first question concerns a reminder of the topic as part of the work. The other questions will be chosen by the teacher. For attending students who have not done individual or group work all the questions will be chosen by the teacher. The final evaluation depends on the student's ability to answer questions articulately and in-depth, in order to demonstrate: a) that he/she has acquired full mastery of the theoretical and operational concepts covered during the course; b) be able to apply this knowledge for understanding, critical evaluation and solution of situations and problems related to the application of the management principles of the internationalization process; c) to be able to present their arguments in a strict and limited in time, using appropriate language and identifying the essential elements for the discussion.

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students

Attendance

No

Course books
  • Verbeke, Alain. International business strategy. Cambridge University Press, 2013.
Assessment

The assessment will be an interview consisting of questions on the topics covered during the course. The average time for the examination of each student takes about twenty minutes. All the questions will be chosen by the teacher. The final evaluation depends on the student's ability to answer questions articulately and in-depth, in order to demonstrate: a) that he/she has acquired full mastery of the theoretical and operational concepts covered during the course; b) be able to apply this knowledge for understanding, critical evaluation and solution of situations and problems related to the application of the management principles of the internationalization process; c) to be able to present their arguments in a strict and limited in time, using appropriate language and identifying the essential elements for the discussion.

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