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KV202221 KV40 Diaspora resources, Innovation and International Business 4 ECTS
Organised by
International Business
Person in charge
Maria Elo

Learning outcomes

After the course students understand innovation in a global context, the nature of international diffusion of innovation, and how it is intertwined with global mobility and diaspora. The course focuses on diaspora resources and innovation, and how diaspora resources can be employed in managing innovation in the international business context (e.g. idea generation, funding, commercialization, diffusion, and adaptation). The students learn to question ethnocentric views and advance their critical analytical skills in approaching innovation and international business. They develop abilities to think and act beyond usual perspectives to identify beneficial diaspora resources. The students are able to analyze and compare different types of innovation, the related actors and country-settings. The students learn to analyze and reflect various situations and perspectives, to develop solutions for managing innovation, and to deliver implications. The students comprehend the differences of SME and MNE context and related strategies.
Adaptive abilities learned are combined with the learning of other IB courses (i.e. KVS54) and applied in the assignment. The course builds skills on independent reading, critical & analytical thinking, knowledge application, and synthesizing towards managerial and policy implications. The course advances the opportunity & threat identification ability.


The course is finalized with a written assignment. It is based on the reading material and an individual case that is employed as an empirical source for analysis and discussion. The reading material provides the theoretical basis and includes material for further development of the topic. This reading material is to be reviewed and additional relevant sources are considered as beneficial for the assignment quality. In addition, the student has to a) develop a specific research question under the main title, b) find a suitable media article (secondary data) that provides an empirical case to be reflected and analyzed (the language of the media article needs to be approved in advance if not English), or, c) to find a suitable empirical case (primary data) for interview (with transcription/translation in English) to be reflected and analyzed, and d) to conclude the report with a discussion incorporating managerial and policy implications (national and transnational level).

Teaching methods

No compulsory lectures, workshops organized twice a year.

Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
  • In English

Written assignment. Contact the teacher for more information.


Numeric 0-5.

Recommended year of study

1st or 2nd year

Further information

This course is available for the students in GIM Master's degree programme only.

Belongs to following study modules

Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Implementation details are unavailable.
Department of Marketing and International Business
Operations and Supply Chain Management
Economic Geography
International Business
Economic Sociology
Finnish Study Modules
Business Japanese
Business Chinese