Credits: 6

Schedule: 07.01.2020 - 30.01.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Eva Alfoldi
Hilla Back

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Period III 2018-2019
Period III 2019-2020, Otaniemi campus

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

In this course students learn about the major theoretical perspectives that are used to analyze the multinational corporation. The course develops the students’ abilities to critically read academic articles, uncover underlying assumptions and apply conceptual knowledge to real-life situations. It also prepares the students for writing an academic piece of work and equips them with the necessary knowledge and analytical skills for their MSc thesis as well as managerial practice.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

In this course, the students familiarize themselves with major theoretical perspectives that can be used to understand multinational corporations. This large and complex organization represents a core area of research in the field of international business. The theoretical perspectives include the design, institutional, network and the political (or critical) perspective. Students will also appreciate the role of context in doing research on multinationals. The course provides students with relevant resources and skills for their MSc thesis work.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

100% assignments

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

- contact teaching 24 h
- independent work 136 h

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Articles included in the syllabus.

Additional readings:

Mats Forsgren (2017) Theories of the multinational firm: A multidimensional creature in the global economy

Christoph Dörrenbächer and Mike Geppert (eds, 2011) Politics and power in the multinational corporation: The role of institutions, interests and identities

Substitutes for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Replaces course 26E03200 Managing in a Global Context

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

No specific prerequisites.

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

via Weboodi

Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Priority given to:

MIB/Strategy/Global Management/CEMS/CS, IDBM
MIB minor students
Other BIZ students
Aalto students


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