Master Programme

International Management

Are you working in an international context, or planning to do so in the future? This program will provide you with tools and frameworks to better understand the international business context, make robust strategic decisions, and manage diverse human resources.


The objective of the program is to provide students with key theoretical concepts and frameworks and an ability to apply these in practice. The program emphasizes both the external cultural and institutional context as well as firm-level strategy, structure and managerial challenges. Throughout the modules, we focus on combining theoretical and experiential learning by integrating discussions of theoretical frameworks and tools with business interactions and insights from practitioners. We have structured the program around the following key issues:

  • The International Context: How do the cultural and institutional contexts influence international firms? Where and how should a firm internationalize?
  • Strategy and Organization: Are there new strategic decisions that arise when you internationalize? How can firms position and organize themselves to succeed internationally?
  • Managing the Multinational: How can firms achieve knowledge transfer? Should expatriates be used in foreign markets? How can firms integrate geographically spread organizational units?
  • Emerging Markets: Are there specific challenges when operating in emerging markets? Do firms from emerging markets differ in how they compete?

This is an inter-disciplinary program that incorporates international strategic management, international business, cultural studies, and other social sciences. There will be numerous opportunities for the sharing of practical experiences and networking. The program is particularly suited for managers and professionals in the private and public sector that work in an international context.

The program includes a study-trip to Shanghai. All classes will be conducted in English.

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 Chinese firm's Internationalization.


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.

Practical information

"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 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.

Birgitte 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

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or would like further information about our Executive Programmes.


Oslo: fall 2018/spring 2019

This programme has been suspended for fall 2018 entry. 


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

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