The International Business Environment 6052

Learning outcome

After successfully completing the course, the candidate will have achieved the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence.

The candidate has:

- An overview of the factors that affect companies’ international business activities and their choices, in particular economic, political, legal, technological, cultural and environmental conditions

- An overview of what is being done internationally to simplify and improve conditions for international trade

- An understanding of the most important ethical issues, and is able to discuss ethical dilemmas in international business

- Knowledge developed through working with cases and discussions of how companies adapt to different conditions

- Skills that enable him/her to evaluate the factors in an international market that are most important in shaping company’s adaptations and choices in a given situation

Course Description

The course will provide an overview of the most important topics in the field. The following topics will be covered:

- Characteristics of international business activities

- Important location-related factors

- Ethics in international business activities

- Economic framework, including foreign exchange and trade policies

- Management and leadership in international business activities

Practical examples will be emphasised.

Teaching and Learning Methods

3-4 hours of lectures a week in the spring semester.

Assessment Methods

The assessment will be divided into two parts. The student must submit a written assignment during the course of the semester. The topic for the assignment may be chosen by the student or the subject teacher. The work to be submitted will be carried out in groups, but the course instructor may also approve the submission of individual work. The second part of the assessment is a 3-hour final examination without examination aids. Each part of the assessment counts for 50% of the final grade. Students must receive passing grades on both parts of the assessment in order to receive a final passing grade for the course.

Minor adjustments may occur during the academic year, subject to the decision of the Dean

Publisert av / forfatter Bergit Grivi <>,Helge Kaasin <>, last modified Ian Hector Harkness - 03/06/2013