The programme provides you with knowledge and insights that are specifically relevant to the organisation and management of global activities. Global firms transcend national boundaries in the labour market as well as in product and factor markets, and this creates managerial challenges. For example, global firms hire from an international pool of talents and must meet the challenge of managing a nationally and culturally diverse work force. Global firms also source their input from suppliers around the globe and must deal with the cultural, logistic and institutional challenges involved in managing a global supply chain. The programme provides you with insights into and understandings of all of these issues that are core areas for managers in global firms.
Understanding the global business environment is equally important. International organisations such as the WTO, and global and regional trade and integration agreements, such as the EU, shape the global market place and the business models and strategies of global firms. Furthermore, international financial markets play a key role for such firms. The programme gives you thorough insights into and understanding of the global business environment facing any firm or organisation operating internationally.
To an increasing extent, firms are held responsible for their policies toward employees, the environment and consumers across national boundaries. Managers in global firms need to know how to identify and deal with the challenges, and to ensure that the firm as well as its complete supply chain acts responsibly and in accordance with high international standards.
The programme gives you a solid foundation for responsible leadership in an international context.
Candidates who have completed their specialisation in International Business will have acquired the following at the end of the program:
- advanced professional insights into the global environment and the strategic and managerial challenges facing global firms
- up-to-date knowledge of relevant theories and a profound understanding of the multi-disciplinary nature of international business
- solid competencies in empirical method applicable to international business as well as of ethics in an international business context
- apply methodological and interdisciplinary skills to identify challenges and opportunities arising in international organisations.
- use information and theoretical insights to propose and evaluate solutions to international challenges.
- use the insights and theoretical foundation in international business as basis for acquiring new information and knowledge needed to handle international challenges.
- communicate with both specialists and non-specialists about challenges and opportunities in international business.
- reflect upon and take into consideration ethical issues and social responsibility, being aware of the added challenges that may arise in an international setting.
- contribute with new insights and perspectives that further business development from an international perspective.
Students will be equipped with the right mix of analytical and practical skills for a career in multinational companies, international organisations or smaller firms whose activities involve a substantial degree of international business.