This course focuses on the major theoretical approaches in international business literature. Students work in cohorts on alternative means of thinking about international business, taking recent research developments into account. Topics include the role of location in international business, the strategy and organisation of multinational corporations, cross-border alliances, international mergers and acquisitions, born globals, emerging market multinationals, internationalisation of professional services and international entrepreneurship.
Each year, this seminar on current and classical topics in International Business will have up to three changing lead themes (topic clusters), e.g. emerging markets multinationals in year t, born global firms in year t+1, and internationalization of professional services in year t+2. Within such lead themes, various sub-topics will be provided by the lecturer/s which serve as focus areas. Within these focus areas students will need to familiarize themselves with the current state of knowledge (introductory lecture and provided core readings support this) in order to then specify their research question and design, write a research report and, based on it, a presentation during "seminar conference sessions".
The typical structure of this course is as follow:
- Introductory lecture on the overarching topic and sub-topics at the beginning of the semester.
- A period in which students explore the literature on their sub-topic, identify their research question and engage in additional research, structuring and finally, writing. Students receive guidance from the lecturer(s) and/or other students.
- A seminar conference day is held, during which students present and discuss the results of their work. Students serve as paper discussants for each other’s papers. The lecturer(s) summarise the key findings on each of the sub-topics. Class discussion plays a central role.
(Note: there is a maximum of 25 students for this course)