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KV203030 KVS4 International Mergers and Acquisitions 6 ECTS
Organised by
International Business
Person in charge
Mélanie Hassett (
Planned organizing times
Period(s) I II III IV
2016–2017 X
2017–2018 X

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 case 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. It is recommended that students have completed their Bachelor Thesis before attending this course.


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 from the international business perspective. On the other hand, this course has a special emphasis on the socio-cultural aspects of the post-acquisition integration phase.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Lectures 12 h 0 h

Intensive course.

The course consists of 12 hours of lectures, a written assignment, an exam and in addition the phenomenon is analysed using real and topical mini cases.

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

Written exam (50%), three essay questions based on course literature (one based on each book and one based on the article reading).
Written assignment (50%)
Optional mini case study assignment

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

Numeric 0-5.
The assessment is based on an exam (50%) and written assignment (50%).

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. Lees, Stan, Global acquisitions: strategic integration and the human factor. Houndmills, Palgrave Macmillan 2003 (ebook).
  2. M&As as a strategic option –from opportunities to new business creation. The Federation of Finnish Technology Industries, Teknologiainfo Teknova Oy. Eds. Mélanie Hassett, Minna Räikkönen and Tuija Rantala 2011.
  3. Article collection.

Belongs to following study modules

Turku School of Economics
Department of Marketing and International Business
Department of Marketing and International Business
Department of Marketing and International Business
Valinnaiset opinnot (International Business)
Department of Marketing and International Business
Advanced studies (International Business)
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
Business Japanese
Business Chinese
Finnish Study Modules
Multilingual Business Communication