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School of Economics and Political Science
Course unit
EPP4064804, A.A. 2019/20

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Degree course First cycle degree in
EP2093, Degree course structure A.Y. 2014/15, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS
Department of reference Department of Economics and Management
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge FIORENZA BELUSSI SECS-P/08

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses SECS-P/08 Corporate Finance 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second trimester
Year 3rd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Start of activities 07/01/2020
End of activities 14/03/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2014 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
4 Commissione AA 2019/20 01/10/2019 30/11/2020 BELUSSI FIORENZA (Presidente)
CAINELLI GIULIO (Membro Effettivo)
SEDITA SILVIA RITA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: There are no formal prerequisites. A good knowledge of English is required and, if possible, of the fundamentals of microeconomics and business strategy and management.
Target skills and knowledge: The aim of the course is to develop new professional figures within the context of international business, able to deal with concepts, contents, and methods of management and governance of internationalization of firms.
Examination methods: Written test and presentation of student workshops
Assessment criteria: The teaching methodologies adopted (group-work , case-studies, presentations, reports), allows students to develop their own independent judgment and analysis
Course unit contents: The course is focused on the analysis of the MNEs global network. The purpose of the course is to provide a deep analysis of the organisational design of MNEs and of those SMEs which have started a process of internationalisation. The topics covered in the course include the following items: a focus on the MNE "core" activities, the consolidation of the MNE business value chains, and the entry of SMEs, localized in advanced countries, in emerging markets with high rate of growth. Some emblematic cases will be discussed like: a) those of some EU and US companies, distinguishing the processes of internationalization market-driven from the processes of internationalization labour cost-driven, and b) the entry of some American and European SMEs in emerging countries. The last issue presented is related to the advantages of in-sourcing strategies in US and in Europe. Existing research in internationalization tends to adopt a conservative view of relatively fixed country specific advantages and disadvantages. However, firms may change their internal configuration shifting them and advocating industrial policy intervention. The course using a combination a country case studies, and nested multiple firm cases, explores the phenomena of rapid SME internationalization, small born global firms in high-tech sectors, R&D relocation and reverse innovation processes. The fragmentation of the value chain is nowadays a major theme in economics and management. The "slicing up" of the whole value chain represents a major change in the new post-Fordist paradigm of production.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Frontal lectures and firms presentation
Additional notes about suggested reading: A list of scientific papers will be given at the beginnig of the course.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Charles W. L. Hill and G. Tomas M. Hult, International Business. --: McGraw-Hill Education, --. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Questioning
  • Action learning
  • Story telling
  • Problem solving
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

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