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KV203030 KVS4 International Mergers and Acquisitions 6 op
Organised by
International Business
Person in charge
Mélanie Hassett
Planned organizing times
Period(s) I II III IV
2014–2015 X
2015–2016 X
Preceding studies
Recommended previous studies: KVY Kansainvälisen liiketoiminnan perusteet KV1 International Business Management KVK Bachelor Thesis KV6 Multinational Corporations and Foreign Direct Investment

General description

After the course the students understand the different types and strategies of international mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and the challenges related to the management of the post-acquisition integration and value creation.

Learning outcomes

Based on the learning objectives the students obtain a deeper understanding of the reasons behind this phenomenon and learn to apply critically various M&A approaches, evaluate the motives and strategies, as well as the specific needs related to the integration process on real-life cases both during the lecture and in their written assignment. In addition, the students acquire the capability to independently recommend and design an M&A strategy for managers. This course aims also at improving students' ability to debate during classes and writing in an academic manner.


International mergers and acquisitions (M&A) represent an important strategy for growth, internationalization and acquiring new capabilities, resources or knowledge. This course tackles international M&As from both the macro-economic and micro-economic perspective. On one hand, this course focuses on the reasons behind this phenomenon and the M&A strategies from the international business perspective. On the other hand, this course has a special emphasis on the managerial and socio-cultural aspects of the post-acquisition integration phase.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Lectures 12 h 0 h

Intensive course; three four hour lectures (Hassett)

Modes of study

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

The final grade of the course consists of an exam and a written assignment (50 %) and exam (50 %), altogether 6 ECTS cr.


Numeric 0-5.

Recommended year of study

4th or 5th year. It is recommended that students have completed their Bachelor Thesis before attending this course.

Study materials

1. Global acquisitions: strategic integration and the human factor.  Houndmills, Palgrave Macmillan, Lees, Stan (2003), 0-333-77629-1.

2. Hassett, M. – Räikkönen, M. – Rantala, T.(eds.) (2011) M&As as a strategic option – from opportunities to new business creation. The Federation of Finnish Technology Industries, Teknologiainfo Teknova Oy.

3. A collection of articles.

Further information

Restricted attendance! In case of excess demand, TSE students majoring in international business have priority over others.
Attendance at the first lecture is obligatory.

Belongs to following study modules

Turun kauppakorkeakoulu
Turun kauppakorkeakoulu
Markkinoinnin ja kansainvälisen liiketoiminnan laitos
International business, courses lectured in English (Kansainvälinen liiketoiminta)
Markkinoinnin ja kansainvälisen liiketoiminnan laitos
Markkinoinnin ja kansainvälisen liiketoiminnan laitos
Valinnaiset opinnot (Kansainvälinen liiketoiminta)
Markkinoinnin ja kansainvälisen liiketoiminnan laitos
Advanced studies (Kansainvälinen liiketoiminta)
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Implementation details are unavailable.
Markkinoinnin ja kansainvälisen liiketoiminnan laitos