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KEBU 2075A - International Business

Type d'enseignement : Lecture alone

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 12

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

This course is about how firms build and sustain competitive advantage through global operations. It involves understanding globalization and its impact on the firm; the selection of specific strategies for foreign market entry while retaining the strongest aspects of the firm's business model; the development of organizational competencies in ways that leverage advantage through a commitment to worldwide customers; selective partnership and alliances; creative use of sourcing and supply chains; and the restructuring of an organizational culture by way of responsive structures, processes. In summary, this course is about how to design and implement global strategies that are both successful and ethical.


SAFFORD, Sean (Associate Professor, Sciences Po)

Pedagogical format

This class is structured in a lecture-discussion format. I put an emphasis on using case analysis as a way of developing conceptual, analytical, decision-making, and evaluative skills.

Course validation

Participation 25%; Final Exam 55%; Individual Case Reports 20% Exam The exam will cover class lectures, discussions, reading assignments, and case study analyses. Individual Case Report You will be assigned to summarize two cases. You are expected to write an analysis based on the posted case discussion questions. Each case analysis report should be at least 750 words. The analysis is expected to be submitted before the deadline (6pm on the day we discuss the case). Assessment of the case reports are based on the effort and understanding of the topic, rather than accuracy of the answers.


6 lectures of 2 hours each (12 hours).