Universität Wien FIND

040156 UK Organization of the International Firm (2021S)

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


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 60 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 09.03. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Tuesday 16.03. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Tuesday 23.03. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Tuesday 13.04. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Tuesday 20.04. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Tuesday 27.04. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Tuesday 18.05. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Tuesday 01.06. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Tuesday 08.06. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Tuesday 15.06. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Tuesday 22.06. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Tuesday 29.06. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

This course provides you with a foundation in the theory and practice of International Business. It covers core concepts of international business and how these apply to the dynamics and constraints of international business strategy. The course considers the dynamics of economic, political, and socio-cultural aspects of environment and its impact on the International Firm and individuals. The course is designed to help students develop a world-view of the global marketplace, and gain knowledge and understanding of the global environment for business functions.
By the end of this course, students should be able to:
1. Understand the role of globalisation in shaping the business environment, and recognize challenges and opportunities created by the globalisation of business practices.
2. Identify complexities introduced by globalisation and integrate concepts learned in this class with those acquired in other courses.
3. Employ critical thinking by keeping current with global events and discussing their implications.
4. Critically evaluate various components of a national environment: technological, cultural, economic, political, and legal systems, and their influence on business practices and strategies of the International Firm.
5. Consider the organisation and structure of the International Firm.
6. Understand different aspects of International Business strategy including global opportunity assessment, entry mode and market selection.

Assessment and permitted materials

- 45% Final exam (open-ended questions – closed book exam)
- 45% Midterm exam (multiple choice test – closed book exam)
- 10% Participation in class discussion

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

90 - 100: 1
80 - 89: 2
70 - 79: 3
60 - 69: 4
0 - 59: 5

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

Course Textbook:
International Business: The New Realities Cavusgil, Knight, Riesenberger, 5th Edition (2019).
Additional Readings:
Buckley, P.J., Enderwick P, and Cross, A.R., (2018), International Business, Oxford University Press.

Association in the course directory

Last modified: Fr 12.05.2023 00:12