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040328 UK Organization of the International Firm (2021S)

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

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


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 02.03. 13:15 - 15:15 Digital
Tuesday 09.03. 13:15 - 15:15 Digital
Tuesday 16.03. 13:15 - 15:15 Digital
Tuesday 23.03. 13:15 - 15:15 Digital
Monday 19.04. 13:15 - 16:30 Digital
Tuesday 20.04. 13:15 - 16:30 Digital
Wednesday 21.04. 13:15 - 16:30 Digital
Thursday 22.04. 13:15 - 16:30 Digital
Tuesday 11.05. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Monday 28.06. 13:15 - 17:15 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

Course Description
This course is concerned with the evolution of the multinational firm and the formation of the network structure of the MNC. The objective of this course is to familiarize students with a broad range of theoretical and practical perspectives on the strategy and organization of multinational firms. The course will consist of lectures, presentations and case analysis. The student is expected to develop skills in evaluating international competitive strategies in multicultural environments, in designing alternative organizational forms for multinational firms, in the use of international licensing, strategic alliances, merger & acquisitions, consortia, franchising and clusters, in identifying appropriate forms of market entry, and in developing network strategies to create competitive advantage of nations, regions and cities

Topics of Discussion
1. Strategic Management of Global Business
2. Forms of the International organisation
3. Governance of the International Firm
4. Strategic (Supply Chain) Networks
5. Organisation Lifecycle & the Strategy/Structure Permutations
6. The impact of digitalisation on the global business organisation

The course will be organised digitally, through Blackboard Ultra, following a lecture format characterising interactive discussions on the various aspects of the organisation of the international firms. Students are expected to come prepared with the course material to be supplied through Moodle at beginning of the course. Students will write group assignment(s)/case studies that may also have to be presented on the prescribed dates.

Assessment and permitted materials

The course assessment would consist of three important segments;

1. Written Examination, would be organised digitally on the prescribed date and would cover all the materials discussed in the class. It would be a structured exam. with MCQs and True/False question types.
2. Case Study: Students in groups (max. 4) would undertake a case study. They would chose an important domain of OIF discussion and then would write a case about a chosen international firm in adomestic/international context elaborating on any problem encountered and responded by the firm. The problem may pertain to any of the issues pertaining to this particular domain of OIF. Students would first write the case study and then would subsequently present it in the prescribed dates.
3. Participation: An effective participation during the course meetings and the public lectures would also be duly credited.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The final scores shall be calculated as follows;

Written Exam. 40% (to be conducted digitally)
Group Assignment 50% (Case study writing & presentation)
Quizzes/Class participation 10%
Minimum Requirements: For successful completion of the course, a student must secure at least 50% score in the written examination.

Examination topics

This module will consist of lectures, case presentations and the final exam. Final exam. would include all the materials covered during the course meetings.

Reading list

Recommended text books:
1. Peng M.W. (2017) Global Business. 4th edition. South-Western, Cengage Learning
2. Hill C.W.L. International Business: Competing in the Global Marketplace. 9th edition. McGraw- Hill/Irwin
3. Wheelen, T.I. and Hunger, D (2015). Strategic Management and Business Policy (14th edition). NJ: Pearson.
3. Daft, R.L. (2015) Organisation Theory and Design, 12th edition. South-Western College Pub.

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