[ 572IMGTINBK18 ] KS International Business

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4 ECTS B2 - Bachelor's programme 2. year Business Administration Erna Szabo 2 hpw Johannes Kepler University Linz
Detailed information
Pre-requisites (*)KS Einführung in die Betriebswirtschaftslehre, KS Einführung in die Volkswirtschaftslehre, KS Kostenrechnung, KS Buchhaltung, KS Strategie, KS Personal- und Unternehmensführung und IK Personal- und Unternehmensführung
Original study plan Bachelor's programme Business and Economics 2021W
Objectives -To prepare students for working in an international, complex and dynamic business environment.

-To grasp the foundations of international business by looking at international trade, trade theories and foreign direct investment.

-To understand which interdependent factors influence decision making in an international context by including the economic, political/legal, cultural, institutional and monetary/fiscal environments.

-To learn how multinational corporations organize their international operations.

-To explore the ambiguity of corporate social responsibility, sustainability and business ethics.

-To develop skills and make use of introduced analysis tools needed to deal with complex problems and decisions in international business and management.

-To bridge the theory-practice divide through gaining practical insights and sharing experiences of guest speakers operating in the international arena.

Subject -Introduction to International Business & Globalization

-International Trade, Trade Theories & Foreign Direct Investment

-The International Environment

-The Multinational Corporation

-Stakeholder Analysis and Corporate Social Responsibility

Criteria for evaluation The assessment of this course is based on the individual and the group level.

GroupCase Study Analysis (3 case studies)40 %
IndividualParticipation (In-class reviews)20 %
IndividualFinal Exam40 %
Maximum: 100 %

For a passing grade you need 50% of the points from each assessment element and in total at least 60% of the points. The final grade is calculated as follows:

100 - 90 (1); 89,5 - 80 (2); 79,5 - 70 (3); 69,5 - 60 (4); 0-59,5 (5)

Methods The course is comprised of five sessions (four academic hours each), followed by a sixth session where the final exam takes place.

Throughout the course, a combination of lectures and applied discussions of case studies and / or current events in international business are used to introduce students to the international business environment with its challenges, risks and opportunities. As learning occurs through class discussions, students are expected to attend all the classes for their whole duration. Active in-class participation in the discussions and group exercises is essential for students to get the full value from the class.

Language English
Study material We offer a reading package containing all preparatory readings and the case studies for this course. Students are expected to read the texts for each session in advance. The reading package can be purchased at the department secretary’s office.
Changing subject? No
Further information Group Assignments: Case Study - For each case study you will have to answer several questions which relate to the case. Please give structured answers and try to analyze the case rather than simply summarizing what you have read. Have a look at the slides on “How to do a case study” again before you start with your analysis. Your answers should not be longer than 4 pages (Times New Romans, 12pt) which is approximately 2000 words.

Individual Assignments:
Short tests (multiple choice) at the beginning of class covering the current session’s as well as the last sessions contents.

Final Exam
The final exam covers all the readings, the case studies, the contents of the individual sessions and the slides as well as talks by guest lecturers.

On-site course
Maximum number of participants 200
Assignment procedure Assignment according to priority