[ 572IMGTISSS15 ] SE Current Issues in International Management

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3 ECTS B2 - Bachelor's programme 2. year Business Administration Erna Szabo 2 hpw Johannes Kepler University Linz
Detailed information
Pre-requisites (*)KS International Business
Original study plan Bachelor's programme Business and Economics 2018W
Objectives At the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Know theories and design options related to the organization and management of multinational corporations (MNCs).
  • They are able to judge the advantages and disadvantages of organizational structures, systems, and procedures that have historically evolved in response to the managerial challenges facing large MNCs.
  • They are able to critically reflect on the theories discussed and apply them to the analysis of case studies.
Subject Content: Organizational structure, matrix organization, coordinating mechanisms, configurations, trust and control, post merger integration; strategic alliances; knowledge creation and transfer, headquarter– subsidiary relationships, micro-social aspects.
Criteria for evaluation
IndividualMid Term Exam30
GroupCase Studies20
GroupSeminar Paper20
IndividualFinal exam30

For a passing grade you need more than 50% in each one of the categories (>15 points mid-term, >15 points final exam, >10 points cases,>10 points compendium) in each one of the categories. For a final passing grade you need to earn at least 60 per cent of the total points. The final grade will be calculated according to the following formula: 0-59 (5); 60-69 (4); 70-79 (3); 80-89 (2); 90-100 (1).

Methods Pedagogical Approach

  • Mix: theory input lectures, small group discussions, plenary discussions, case studies, text reflections, compendium creation, workshop
  • Learning Groups: At the beginning of the semester we will establish learning groups . These teams will act as discussion groups during class time, as discussion leaders during the workshop, prepare case studies for class discussion, and contribute to the creation of a compendium
  • Exams: There will be two exams in this course – a mid-term-, and a final exam. The mid-term exam will be after the theory input sessions and will refer to the texts in the reading package. The final exam will be at the “diploma exam level” and will refer to the discussion of “broader topics”. For the mid-term exam you can earn a maximum of 30 points as well as for the final exam.
  • Case Studies: During the course you will prepare case studies outside class hours. For two of the case studies you will hand in a written analysis, which will be graded (maximum 10 points per case; total: 20 points).
  • Seminar Paper: After the input sessions and the case studies you will work on a seminar paper “Management Challenges in Global Companies”. The orientation of the seminar paper is “applied to practical management problems and deeply grounded in theory”. In addition to the reading package the theory will refer to literature which needs to be searched and investigated on your own.
Language English
Study material The readings are available as a reading package at the department’s secretary’s office (HF 224).
Changing subject? No
Earlier variants They also cover the requirements of the curriculum (from - to)
2IMGTCIIM: SE Current Issues in International Management (2010W-2015S)
On-site course
Maximum number of participants 25
Assignment procedure Assignment according to priority