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JO023044 JOS4/KVS18 International Comparative Management 6 ECTS
Organised by
Management and Organisation
Person in charge
Mike Geppert and assisting local person
Planned organizing times
Period(s) I II III IV
2014–2015 X
2015–2016 X
Preceding studies
The course is especially targeted for students who have either Management and Organisation or International Business as their main subject.

Learning outcomes

The course introduces key ideas and conceptual frameworks which are widely used in comparative international management research. The students will be provided with a stock of knowledge based on classic and new studies in the history of comparative international management.
After accomplishing the course the student is aware that there are different lenses through which one can see reality, especially when you compare management, organization and employment relations across different social and societal contexts. Moreover, the student is also aware that the research focus of comparative international management research and its outcome depends very much on the lens the researcher has chosen to use. That is, depending on the questions researchers are going to ask and the comparisons they make, certain answers and research findings will be obtained.


The course covers the effects of societal environment and economic development on business operations in the international realm. It includes a brief introduction into international comparative management and also addresses how multinational corporations (MNCs) develop their strategies, structures and resources in different industrial settings. Attention is also allocated on national institutional differences with respect to innovation systems and employment relations in Europe and worldwide. A case example on European stores of a German hard discounter is also examined.

Teaching methods

Intensive course. The course will contain a mixture of lectures and tutorials. The latter will provide room to discuss the key ideas of the lecture in more depth and also to critically reflect on the strength and limits of these ideas. The amount of lectures and tutorials is altogether 20 h.

Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Written exam
  • In English
Participation in classroom work
  • In English


Numeric 0-5.

Recommended year of study

4th or 5th year

Study materials

  1. Main text: Koen, C. I. 2005. Comparative International Management. Maidenhead, Berkshire: McGraw-Hill.
  2. Further recommended texts: Hall P. A. and Soskice D. 2001. Varieties of Capitalism: The Institutional Foundations of Comparative Advantage. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Whitley, R. 1999. Divergent Capitalisms: The Social Structuring and Change of Business Systems, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  3. Further research articles and other material will be provided for each lecture.

Belongs to following study modules

Department of Management and Entrepreneurship
Department of Management and Entrepreneurship
Valinnaiset opinnot (Management and Organisation)
Department of Management and Entrepreneurship
Department of Marketing and International Business
Department of Marketing and International Business
Valinnaiset opinnot (International Business)
Department of Management and Entrepreneurship
Valinnaiset opinnot (Management and Organisation)
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
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Department of Management and Entrepreneurship
Management and Organisation
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