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KV203001 KVS1 International Business Strategy 6 ECTS
Organised by
International Business
Person in charge
Peter Zettinig (2016-2017), Peter Zettinig and Danijela Majdenic (2017-2018)
Planned organizing times
Period(s) I II III IV
2016–2017 X X
2017–2018 X X

Learning outcomes

The course has the objective to form students' strategic mindsets and cognitive capacities in regard to the question: What determines success and failure of the internationally operating firm? Upon completion the student shall be able to apply strategic thinking and frameworks and analyze different contexts; in addition the course designs strives to help students develop capabilities of evaluation in regard to strategies and strategic action and to become a creative force in the generation of such. Besides that the course is designed to train students inter- and intrapersonal capabilities in multinational teams, which is important for a meaningful career.


The course builds on four fundamental views on strategy: (1) the resource-based view of the firm; (2) industrial organization; (3) transaction cost economics; and (4) institutional theory. These levels of analysis are applied to the internationalization of the firm in general and how Multinational Corporations emerge and sustain. Subsequently students are required to synthesize these conceptual ideas to generate explanations and possible courses of action for the international development of firms, in specific (i.e. multinational corporations, small and medium-sized, early internationalizing firms, non-profit organizations).
The course has the objective to take students' understanding of core IB concepts to a higher level, focusing on application and analysis and striving to develop capabilities for developing own knowledge on the subject. In addition this course is designed to also substantially contribute to other learning objectives associated with successful organization, management and leadership facilitating transferable skill development that will aid the students' intra- and inter-personal abilities needed for a fruitful career in business and organizational life.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Lectures 20 h 0 h
Seminar 12 h 0 h

Interactive learning during lecture times, including work in collaborative learning groups, presentations and discussions 20 h, Active work and responsibilities shared in seminars 12 h.
Lectures: I period, 20 h (4 h/week, Zettinig)
Seminars: II period, 12 h (2 h/week, nn)

Modes of study

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

Mandatory Requirements:
1. Attendance at lectures (exam questions will be based on syntheses derived during lectures);
2. Case research projects and presentations: Group work based on specific challenges or problem settings assigned during the first part (Period I) of the course (weight 50%);
3. Reflective essays: Individual reflective essay (weight 30%).
4. Final examination (weight 20%). It is mandatory to pass the exam to receive an overall passing grade for KVS1.


Numeric 0-5.

Recommended year of study

3rd year; GIM 1st year

Study materials

1. Peng, Mike W., Global strategy. Mason, Thomson/South-Western 2006.
2. A collection of articles. The case research project gives you an opportunity to develop your information literacy by developing your own pool of supplementary materials (especially via Ebrary).

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
Pakolliset 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
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