6 ECTS credits
168 u studietijd

Aanbieding 4 met studiegidsnummer 4023118FNW voor werkstudenten in het 2e semester met een gespecialiseerd master niveau.

2e semester
Inschrijving onder examencontract
Niet mogelijk
Beoordeling (0 tot 20)
2e zittijd mogelijk
Faculteit Sociale Wetensch & SolvayBusinessSchool
Verantwoordelijke vakgroep
Fiona Maureen Courtens
Alain Verbeke (titularis)
Onderdelen en contacturen
12 contacturen Hoorcollege
12 contacturen Werkcolleges, practica en oefeningen
144 contacturen Zelfstudie en externe werkvormen

The structure of the course is as follows.
In the first part, the main building blocks of a unifying framework are introduced. This framework should allow students to grasp the essence, in strategy terms, of what happens in a complex international business setting. The framework also suggests the way forward, so as to improve MNE performance in terms of value creation and satisfying stakeholder goals across borders. 
In the second part, we revisit the best international business articles published in prestigious publications such as the Harvard Business Review, the Sloan Management Review and California Management Review since the 1980’s. During the lectures in the second part, up to 30 case studies are discussed to confront students with practical applications. Also, findings from the relevant academic literature are introduced to ensure that students are exposed to a broad spectrum of strategic management insights, from highly theoretical to highly practical.

Handboek (Vereist) : International Business Strategy, Rethinking the Foundations of Global Corporate Success, Alain Verbeke - Lee, 3de, Cambridge University Press, 9781108738378, 2021
Bijkomende info

The actual class sessions aim to provide a conceptual synthesis of the course materials, with presentations by the instructor and his teaching associates, followed by class discussions. The instructor and his teaching associates will go systematically beyond the required readings and present materials criticizing or augmenting the substance of the required readings.
Lectures will be given after regular working hours to increase the accessibility of the course for working professionals.

Alain Verbeke, International Business Strategy: Foundations of Global Corporate Success (2nd edition)

Interested students seeking additional information might be interested in the following, non-compulsory materials:

  • Alan M. Rugman and Alain Verbeke, Analysis of Multinational Strategic Management, Cheltenham: E.Elgar, 2005 
  • Chris Bartlett and Sumantra Ghoshal, Managing Across Borders: The Transnational Solution, Harvard Business School Press, 1989 (Provides a good description of various MNE types and their historical development path over time.)
  • John Dunning, Multinational Enterprises and the Global Economy, Addison-Wesley, 1992 (This book provides an impressive overview of the entire economics and economic policy-based literature on the MNE, including its wide variety of impacts on home and host country stakeholders.)
  • Julian Birkinshaw, Entrepreneurship in the Global Firm, Sage, 2000 (Provides a superb subsidiary perspective on the challenges and opportunities facing managers in the international environment.)
  • Geoffrey Jones, Multinationals and Global Capitalism, Oxford University Press, 2005 (Provides a rich, historical perspective on the evolution of the multinational enterprise.)

Teaching Methods

  • Lecture: collective contact-dependent moments during which the lecturer engages with learning materials
  • Seminar, Exercises or Practicals (Practical): collective or individual contact-dependent moments during which the students are guided to actively engage with learning materials
  • Independent or External Form of Study (Self): independent study

This description of the teaching methods is indicative, in order to assess the expected study load.


Lecture: 12 hours

Practical: 12 hours

  • interactive classical discussions of different cases

Self: 144 hours

  • preparation lecture, amounting to 3 hours per chapter: 51 hours (17 x 3 hours)
  • preparation cases before the classical discussions, amounting 1,5 hours per case: 45 hours (30 x 1,5 hours)
  • individually preparation of actuality (critical monitoring of the international business activities): 8 hours
  • preparation exam: 40 hours (5 days of 8 hours)
    • theory: 32 hours
    • additional undiscussed cases: 8 hours


Videos of all formal lectures are available for working students, and teaching assistance is also available to them when needed.


Algemene competenties

The purpose of this course is not to add an incremental ‘international dimension’ to the discussion of a set of conventional strategy problems.  Rather, the goal is to explain what is at the heart of a successful international business strategy, thereby outlining the foundations of global corporate success.


De beoordeling bestaat uit volgende opdrachtcategorieën:
Examen Schriftelijk bepaalt 100% van het eindcijfer

Binnen de categorie Examen Schriftelijk dient men volgende opdrachten af te werken:

  • Schriftelijk Examen met een wegingsfactor 100 en aldus 100% van het totale eindcijfer.

Aanvullende info mbt evaluatie

Examination will take place through a written exam which consists of three parts:

  • open questions
  • 1 case study with open questions related to the case and the theory, and
  • multiple choice questions. The questions will typically address the main content of the chapters of the book
Toegestane onvoldoende
Kijk in het aanvullend OER van je faculteit na of een toegestane onvoldoende mogelijk is voor dit opleidingsonderdeel.

Academische context

Deze aanbieding maakt deel uit van de volgende studieplannen:
Master handelsingenieur: Standaard traject
Master in de toegepaste economische wetenschappen: Standaard traject
Master of International Business: Standaard traject (enkel aangeboden in het Engels)
Master of Business Engineering: Business and Technology: Standaard traject (enkel aangeboden in het Engels)
Educatieve master in de economie: standaard traject (90 ECTS, Etterbeek)