Excerpt from course description

International Business Environment


The international business environment course will help students understand how to conduct business internationally. The course will in particular focus on the political, legal and technological environment which shapes international business. Students will acquire knowledge about international and multinational organizations that drive and facilitate processes of global economic integration. Such organizations comprise the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the World Trade Organizations as well as regional agreements such as the EU and the revised NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement). In addition, students will engage with and critically discuss how current technological developments (such as AI, Algorithms and an increasingly networked public sphere) create new opportunities for and constraints on doing international business. Finally, the course will discuss various emerging challenges to the current 'world order' and its power dynamics. This perspective will include a study of the changing nature of organizations in an increasingly digital economy as well as challenges linked to globalization.

Course content

The course relies on theoretical concepts, empirical evidence, and a broad understanding of international institutional environments. Case studies will illustrate and advance theoretical concepts developed in the lectures.

  • Understanding institutions
  • The regulation of international trade
  • Key international organizations
  • Regional dynamics, emerging economies
  • Global challenges (Digitalization, labor standards, poverty and environment)


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