Master Programme

International Management

Are you planning to work abroad or in an international company? In this programme, you are introduced to the latest research on international management, and you will strengthen your leadership skills in a global context. One of the modules will take place in Shanghai.


The International Management programme focuses on two main topics: Firstly, the international cultural and institutional context in which firms operate, and secondly, international strategy and organization. The programme combines perspectives from strategic management, human resource management, general social sciences and cultural studies. All lectures are held in English.

During the programme, you will acquire in depth knowledge about key theories and concepts relating to international management and strategy, and multinational enterprises. You will gain insight into globalization with a particular focus on the role of emerging economies, and understand the place of human resource management, communication, negotiation and knowledge transfer in international operations.

You will further acquire the skills needed to apply core models and concepts related to international management theory, and be able to efficiently manage international teams. Lastly, you will develop the ability to reflect on the meaning of culture and understand its impact on your own management practice, as well as see how international challenges can create new business opportunities.

Fourth module in Shanghai

This programme provides first-hand experience of different cultures and utilizes these in a comparative analysis of relevant issues within international management. It focuses both on the European business culture as well as cultures in emerging economies, like China.

In module four we visit Shanghai, where we meet executives from international companies in combination with lectures from Chinese Professors from Fudan University. Examples on earlier topics are Chinese economy - an overview, trends and challenges of Ghinese firm's Internationalization.

Course content

  • Introducing International Management Models: Context, culture and strategy
  • Organization of international operations and networks between firms
  • People in international organizations: International Human Resource Management and Negotiations
  • International management in an Asian context: Business life and management in China. Study trip to Shanghai.
  • International Management: Combining theory and practice


The programme is ideal for managers, project leaders and professionals in the private and public sector who have, or wish to have, international assignments and responsibilities. The programme actively stimulates network building through experience sharing among students.

"Having graduated from good universities in the past, I was keen to find one that has strong world ranking and international accreditations in business. I looked at other universities in other countries too but this programme fits the bill of what I was looking for. "

Mylene Freieres

Advanced Nurse Practitioner at Guy's and St. Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust


Rolv Petter Amdam

Amdam has been Visiting Fellow at Harvard Business School and other universities. He is researching the internationalization of Norwegian firms as well as the international development of top executive education.

Associate Professor

Birgitte Grøgaard

Grøgaard conducts research on topics related to multinational enterprises such as market entry strategies and headquarter-subsidiary relations. She also has experience from the oil and gas industry and management consulting.

Contact us

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Practical information

Start dates

Oslo: 10 October 2017


Oslo 2017/2018

Module 1: 10.10 - 13.10
Module 2: 20.11 - 23.11 
Module 3: 30.01 - 02.02
Module 4: 11.03 - 15.03 * Shanghai, China
Module 5: 02.05 - 04.05

The programme is taught over the course of one year and consists of five modules. The modules are three-five days each. The fourth module takes place in Shanghai. The remaining four module are taught at BI's facilities.


Each programme runs over one year and is completed with two examinations; project paper and a written exam. You receive a diploma for each accomplished Master of Management programs (30 ECTS). Completion of three Master of Management programs rewards candidates with an Executive Master of Management degree diploma, disclosing three chosen programs with a total of 90 ECTS.


With all of our master programmes, you will have a direct contact person who will be available from the time of appliaction until the final exam.


See Tuition Fees at BI Norwegian Buisness School for complete overview.

Admission requirements

Read the admission requirements for this programme.


We will send out literature lists to all students well before the course starts. If you want an overview of the literature before you decide, you can order it here.

When can I apply?