Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


The key objectives of the course are: to introduce the frameworks and tools to analyse global business environment, to introduce various modes of doing business across borders, and to familiarize with the planning, implementation and management of business activities globally. The learning outcomes include:

-        the enhanced awareness of differences in global business environment, including political, regulation and cultural aspects,

-        understanding of the dynamics and suitability of various ways to conduct business in different global business environments, including the adaptation issues,

-     understanding of the related ethical and social responsibility issues,

-        ability to analyse and plan global business activities,

-     problem-solving skills based on real-life cases.

Credits: 6

Schedule: 14.09.2021 - 21.10.2021

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Hannu Seristö, Henrietta Sykäri

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

For practical or technical matters related to the course, please contact the Teaching Assistant Henrietta Sykäri (

For other matters, such as questions relating to course content, please contact Professor Hannu Seristö (

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The course provides a theoretically grounded overview of key issues, opportunities and challenges in global business. We shall assess globalization and the consequent changes in firms operating environment and analyze the needs to adjust firms strategies and operations due to these changes. The course covers key concepts and principles of conducting business in the international dimension, including issues in various functions, such as HR and marketing. The role of politics and regulation are covered, including world trade and regional economic blocs. The premises that various countries provide for companies in terms of competitiveness are analyzed.  Ethical issues as well as social and environmental responsibility are addressed. The purpose of the course is to a) present the most important forces affecting international business today, b) introduce various international strategies, and c) present the ways to organize, coordinate and control international activities

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Based on assignments and participation.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Contact teaching    30h
    Independent work    130h
    Total    160h (6 ECTS)


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    As indicated in the syllabus.

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption

    13 Climate Action


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The course is restricted to 60 students..
    Students are admitted to the course in the following priority order: 1) management bachelor's students / JOO students / Open University students, 2) Other BIZ bachelor s students / exchange students, 3) Other Aalto students.

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Autumn I, Spring IV

    2021-2022 Autumn I, Spring IV

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: In the academic year 2021-2022, registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( instead of WebOodi.