International Organization and Management

INB400 International Organization and Management

  • Topics

    Topics

    Topics

    In the course we will explore the various organizational structures employed by MNCs, the cultural and institutional challenges they face, the challenge of transferring HRM systems across different national settings, knowledge transfer and the ethical challenges involved in operating internationally. This will be done through lectures, cases and the writing of term papers.

    Case discussions and presentations:

    The philosophy of the course is that theory should be illustrated by rich, in-depth cases. The course makes use of a range of cases that have, for the most part, been developed especially for the course. Students are assigned to case-groups each of which has the responsibility for presenting and leading the discussion of a particular case.

    Each student will also join a term-paper group comprising at least three different nationalities. The term-paper will relate theory derived from the course to challenges confronting a particular MNC. Although the paper will be theory driven, part of the exercise is to provide solutions that might be applied by the MNC. Topics for the term paper may include:

    • organizational structures;
    • cultural challenges;
    • knowledge management;
    • ethics and corporate social responsibility
    • MNC entry strategies;

  • Learning outcome

    Learning outcome

    The focus of this course is the management challenges faced by multinational corporations (MNCs). By MNCs we mean firms that actively manage substantial foreign direct investments and which have a long-term commitment to operating internationally. Although MNCs have generally proved themselves highly robust their individual positions are always under threat because of their dispersion across different c ultures, a dministrative regimes, g eographies and e conomic environments (¿CAGE¿). Because of CAGE success for individual MNCs is far from guaranteed. They are "playing away from home" and must therefore have the organizational capabilities that enable them to leverage whatever unique strategic capabilities they possess. Increasingly these capabilities are knowledge-based. This course therefore has its aim the identification and articulation of the managerial challenges involved in creating and sustaining the organizational capability that enables the MNC to harness its knowledge resources.

    General learning outcomes :

    By the end of the course students will have acquired an overview and knowledge of the main theories within the field of International Management.

    Students will also have developed both academic and consulting skills in applying these theories to in-depth cases.

    Through case-study presentations students will develop their presentational skills.

    Because students will be actively involved in working closely - and under some pressure - with students from other countries in preparing case presentations and term papers they will develop their inter-cultural skills as well as their teamwork skills.

    Specific knowledge outcomes :

    By the end of the course the candidate will have developed:

    • advanced knowledge within International Organization and Management and specialized insight in one particular area
    • thorough knowledge of the scholarly theories and methods in International Organization and Management
    • the ability to apply knowledge to new areas within International Organization and Management
    • the ability to analyze academic problems on the basis of the distinctive character and scholarly agenda of International Organization and Management

     

    Specific skills outcomes :

    By the end of the course the candidate will be able to

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

    Specific competence outcomes :

    By the end of the course the candidate will be able to

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

  • Teaching

    Teaching

    As well as lectures, this course makes extensive use of case discussions and presentations. This is because the philosophy of the course is that theory should be illustrated by rich, in-depth cases. The course makes use of a range of cases that have, for the most part, been developed especially for the course. Students are assigned to case-groups each of which has the responsibility for presenting and leading the discussion of a particular case. In addition students will join term-paper groups comprising at least three different nationalities. The term-paper will relate theory derived from the course to challenges confronting a particular MNC. Although the paper will be theory driven, part of the exercise is to provide solutions that might be applied by the MNC. Previous student evaluations have indicated that the work-load for this course is considered to be above average.

    The course has an attendance requirement.

    Please note - for purely pedagogical and logistical reasons due to the special work modus in the course - no places for the course will be awarded after the first lecture .

  • Required prerequisites

    Required prerequisites

    Good English verbal and writing skills.

  • Requirements for course approval

    Requirements for course approval

    In addition to regular attendance (an absence from three lectures will result in having to write an essay, and an absence of four lectures in being excluded from the course) all students must be involved in one case presentation and one term paper.

  • Assessment

    Assessment

    The final grade comprises 7.5 study points which will be distributed as follows:

    Element i) Term paper - 40%

    Element ii) Written examination (3 hour) - 60 %

  • Grading Scale

    Grading Scale

    Grading scale A - F.

  • Semester

    Semester

    Autumn

  • Literature

    Literature

    Gooderham, Paul, Grogaard, Birgitte and Nordhaug, Odd (2013). International Management (Edward Elgar): available from Studia, Amazon etc.

    "This book focuses on the challenges facing MNCs who are `playing away from home¿ in different institutional frameworks and complex cultural contexts. In each chapter the authors provide a clear exposition and critique of the current literature followed by a sophisticated case study that highlights the key challenges and dilemmas faced by MNCs in dynamic environments. Through a combination of solid theory and rich cases this book provides a fresh and important contribution to the discipline and will be invaluable for academics, postgraduate students and practitioners."

    - Professor Pauline Stanton, Victoria University Melbourne, Australia

Overview

ECTS Credits
7.5
Teaching language
English
Semester
Autumn

Course responsible

Kirsten Foss, Department of Strategy and Management.