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040156 UK Organization of the International Firm (2020S)

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 4 - Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Continuous assessment of course work

Summary

1 Galak , Moodle
2 Hajdini , Moodle

Registration/Deregistration

Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).
Registration information is available for each group.

Groups

Group 1

service email address: opim.bda@univie.ac.at

max. 60 participants
Language: English
LMS: Moodle

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

FINAL ONLINE EXAM 23.06.2020

Tuesday 10.03. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 8 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Tuesday 17.03. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 8 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Friday 20.03. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 14 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Tuesday 24.03. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 14 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Tuesday 24.03. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 8 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Tuesday 31.03. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 14 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Tuesday 31.03. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 8 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Tuesday 21.04. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 8 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Tuesday 28.04. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 8 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Tuesday 05.05. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 8 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Tuesday 05.05. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 17 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Tuesday 12.05. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 8 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Tuesday 12.05. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 17 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Tuesday 19.05. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 8 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Tuesday 19.05. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 17 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Tuesday 26.05. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 8 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Tuesday 26.05. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 17 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Tuesday 09.06. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 8 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Tuesday 09.06. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 17 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Tuesday 16.06. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 8 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Tuesday 16.06. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 17 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Tuesday 23.06. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 8 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Tuesday 23.06. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 17 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Tuesday 30.06. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 4 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Hörsaal 8 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Tuesday 30.06. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 17 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock

Aims, contents and method of the course

The objective of this course is to familiarize students with a range of theoretical perspectives on the strategy and organization of international firms and practice their application to the real-life cases of the global companies originating in Austria and beyond. In particular, the course provides the participants with an overview of three theoretical approaches – Industrial organization, Resource-based and Institutional theory – and consequently uses these perspectives for analyzing the strategic decisions faced by the multinational enterprises (MNEs).
The main topics focus on the analysis of the business-level and corporate-level strategies of the MNEs and their organizational structures. Together with the initial overview of the global environment and final lecture devoted to the issues of corporate social responsibility (SCR) the structure of this course allows to build a comprehensive picture of a modern MNE, seen through the theoretical prisms of leading theories in the field.
The course is organized primarily in form of ONLINE lectures, accompanied by several assignments and ONLINE presentation of the case studies.
Participants are strongly encouraged to share their opinions during ONLINE lectures and discussions, with participation being an important part of evaluation.
Most of the assignments are expected to be completed in teams, which are formed in the beginning of the course.
The ONLINE exam is conducted at the end of the course and consists of three to four open-end questions, covering the main topics learned in the course.

Assessment and permitted materials

The course compound grading system has been adjusted towards the online learning structure of the current semester.

The lectures are conducted via the BBCollaborate webinar function.

The original grading components have been adjusted and given the new weights:
• Online participation in the lectures and online assignments - 20% (before 15%)
• Case Study assignment (writing and presenting the case) - 40% (before 35%)
• Final ONLINE Exam - 40% (before 50%).

The ONLINE exam will be organised in form of the digital exams with open questions for download. This is an online exam with open-end questions, answering which requires analytical skills, ability to synthesise the knowledge of different topics and apply this knowledge to the analysis of real-life business situations. That's an ONLINE written exam with mandatory participation.
The LECTURES are organised via webinars always at the times scheduled for the regular classes. The attendance and participation in the webinars are mandatory.

Technical problems can be taken into account, but only if they are timely communicated to the instructor and if all effort is exerted on the side of the student to resolve the issue.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The distribution of grades will be based on the following:
0%-50%: failed the course (5)
51%-62%: enough to pass (4)
63%-74%: satisfactory (3)
75%-87%: good (2)
88%-100%: very good (1)

Examination topics

The exam questions cover such topics as:
• Globalization and the role of international firm
• Business-level strategy of international firms
• Corporate level strategy of international firms
• Organizational structure of international firms
• Corporate Social Responsibility in international firms

By the time of completion of the course the participants are expected to be able to discuss the topics outlined above, through the prism of the main theoretical concepts introduced within the course. They also should be able to demonstrate the ability to apply the theoretical knowledge to the analysis of the real-life situations.
The exam questions include direct requests to illustrate the discussion of specific theoretical concepts with the examples learned through the preparation of the assigned case study and participation in the presentations of the colleagues.

Reading list

Recommended text books:
PENG, M. W. (2014). Global strategic management. Third edition, International edition. South-Western Cengage Learning.

Additional readings:
CAVUSGIL, S. T., KNIGHT, G., & RIESENBERGER, J. R. (2014). International business: The new realities. Harlow, Pearson Education Limited.
DAFT, R. L. (2016). Organization theory & design. Boston, MA Cengage Learning
Other relevant sources will be provided in the lecture slides.

Group 2

service email address: opim.bda@univie.ac.at

max. 60 participants
Language: English
LMS: Moodle

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 03.03. 16:45 - 20:00 Hörsaal 17 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Wednesday 04.03. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 16 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Wednesday 04.03. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal 15 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Thursday 05.03. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 17 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Thursday 05.03. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 17 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Friday 06.03. 13:15 - 16:30 Hörsaal 15 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Monday 09.03. 16:45 - 20:00 Hörsaal 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Wednesday 11.03. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 1 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Friday 13.03. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 4 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Friday 13.03. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 4 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß

Aims, contents and method of the course

The objective of this course is to familiarize students with a broad range of theoretical and practical perspectives on the strategy and organization of international firms. It gives an overview of the theoretical approaches to facilitate the understanding of political, economical and cross-cultural impacts in managing international firms globally. The emphases are raised in 1) cross culture variables effecting negotiations and communications, 2) strategic market entry modes such as, direct and indirect export, licensing, strategic alliances (non-equity and equity arrangements), greenfield investments and mergers & acquisitions etc., 3) organizational structures and control systems fitting to different strategic stages, 4) global human resource management practices and, 5) corporate governance practical and theoretical underpinnings.

Assessment and permitted materials

The course will be given primarily through lecture and class presentation of different cases. Each student is strongly encouraged to participate in class discussions. Classroom participation is an important part of evaluation. Generally, an analysis of the readings will be used to guide our discussion, but the format will be free-flowing and may vary considerably. A suggestion to read the assigned material from the reference books and articles, and to express opinions, comments, and insights relative to the discussion topic is to be made.

Participation in public lectures is an integral part of this course. In these lectures, experts from the relevant field of study hold discussion on the various topics/aspects relating to the global business. The participation/attendance during these lectures is mandatory for the completion of the course and constitutes 10% of the course evaluation. Students are advised to check, from time to time, the latest announcements on these lectures at https://im.univie.ac.at/windsperger/im-public-lectures/?no_cache=1

Presentation of Cases 20%
Attendance of Public Lectures 10%
Class Attendance 10% (fail the course <10 times)
Final Exam 60% (fail the course <50%)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The distribution of grades will be based on the following:
0%-49%: nicht genügend 5
0%-62%: genügend
63%-74%: befriedigend
75%-87%: gut
88%-100%: sehr gut

Examination topics

This module will consist of lectures, case presentations and the final exam.

Reading list

Recommended text books:
1. Peng, M. 2014. Global Strategic Management. 3ed ed. South-Western College Pub.

Additional readings:
2. Deresky, H. 2014. International Management: Managing Across Borders and Cultures, Text and Cases. 8th ed. England: Pearson Education
3. Daft, R. 2015. Organization Theory and Design, 12th ed.

Association in the course directory

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