Credits: 6

Schedule: 29.10.2019 - 03.12.2019

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Alexei Koveshnikov
Valentina Arrieta

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Period II (2018-2019), Töölö campus
Period II (2019-2020), Otaniemi campus

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The main learning outcomes of the course are to gain an understanding of specific strategies and key challenges for foreign firms in entering and organizing their activities in Russia and to develop competence in applying managerial tools relevant for operating in the Russian cultural context.
On completion of this course, the students are prepared:
•    to analyze opportunities and risks of business operations in Russia as a potential target market or a geographical location for business operations;
•    justify a choice of competitive strategies for Russian operations in different industries;
•    manage cultural differences and analyze Russian business practices and suitability of Western business practices in Russia; and
•    apply problem solving skills in Russian business context.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course covers the historical background of Russian economic transition and its consequences for business development, key aspects of knowledge management, human resource management, leadership, marketing, and internationalization strategy in Russia. The current stage of national entrepreneurship system development with a specific focus on high growth technology entrepreneurship in Russia is discussed. Throughout the course, the impact of culture on organizations, managerial processes, and behaviors is highlighted. The experience of foreign companies’ operations in Russia is introduced through interactive work on instructive business cases and presentations of guest speakers.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

100% assignments

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Contact teaching 30h
Independent work 130h
Total 160h (ECTS)

Students must attend the first lecture to ensure their place in the course.
Compulsory participation in the lectures: 80 %

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

A set of course readings provided by the lecturer.

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

It is strongly recommended that students have completed the course International Strategy (26E03101).
Please note that the course is mainly offered to MSc level students.

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Registration via WebOodi.

Students must attend the first lecture to ensure their place in the course.

Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Maximum 50 students.

Participants are selected based on their program status, according to the following priority order:

1. MIB/Strategy/Global Management/CEMS
2. VIE-expert students (through JOO)
3. Other BIZ students
4. Other Aalto students



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