International Marketing (new course code: MBM435)

INB423 International Marketing (new course code: MBM435)

Autumn 2021

  • Topics

    The essence of marketing is to facilitate exchanges of money, products and/or services. Thus, international marketing requires an interaction between firms and people of different nationalities and cultures. We see a dramatic shift in the world economy: doing business is more and more a question of identifying business opportunities internationally and not only in the domestic market of companies. Hence, companies need to be able to identify attractive business opportunities in international markets, define relevant strategies and value chain structures for competing in targeted markets, and be able to implement defined strategies. As international business is done across different cultures, institutional environments and socioeconomic conditions, international marketing decision makers also need to be aware of potential ethical conflicts related to their operations.


    Global marketing and the firm

    International opportunity assessment

    Foreign market entry / Internationalization

    The "4Ps" of international marketing

    Organization and control of the global marketing programme

    Global marketing strategy

    The role of culture & ethics in a global context

  • Learning outcome

    The goal is to acquaint the students with opportunities, problems and analytical skills in the International Marketing domain.

    Knowledge - the candidate...

    • has advanced knowledge within international marketing and specialized insight in a limited area
    • has thorough knowledge of the scholarly theories and methods in international marketing
    • can apply knowledge to new areas within international marketing
    • can analyze academic problems on the basis of the history, traditions, distinctive character and place in society of international marketing

    Skills - The candidate...

    • can analyze and deal critically with various sources of information and use them to structure and formulate scholarly arguments
    • can analyze existing theories, methods and interpretations in the field and work independently on practical and theoretical problems
    • can use relevant methods for research and scholarly and /or artistic development work in an independent manner
    • can carry out an independent, limited research or development project under supervision and in accordance with applicable norms for research ethics

    Competence - The candidate...

    • can analyze relevant academic, professional and research ethical problems
    • can apply his/her knowledge and skills in new areas in order to carry out advanced assignments and projects
    • can communicate extensive independent work and masters language and terminology of the academic field
    • can communicate about academic issues, analyses and conclusions in the field, both with specialists and the general public
    • can contribute to new thinking and innovation processes

  • Teaching

    The course work will consist of lectures, case presentations, a term paper and a final exam. All teaching activities will be offered online/electronically.

  • Requirements for course approval

    Attendance and active participation in class discussions are strongly encouraged.

    Students are required to submit and present their group case assignment on the date and time allocated for their group.

  • Assessment

    Four hour individual home exam (50%) based on lectures, text and assigned articles and a written group term paper (4 students per group) (50%).

    Information on the term paper is made available at the beginning of the semester.

  • Grading Scale

    A - F

  • Computer tools


  • Literature

    * Hollensen, Svend (2020), Global Marketing (8th Edition), Pearson Education Limited [Paperback]

    * Selected cases and articles


ECTS Credits
Teaching language

new course code: MBM435

Course responsible

Professor Aksel Rokkan, Department of Strategy and Management