|Course code: 72941||Subject title: International Business|
|Credits: 3||Type of subject: Mandatory||Year: 1||Period: 2º S|
|Department: Business Administration|
|LIZARRAGA DALLO, FERMÍN||MARTIN MARTIN, OSCAR (Resp)|
Strategy and External Performance.
International business; international business environment; international business strategy; multinational companies (MNC); international accountancy and finance.
Besides the basic competences (CB6, CB7, CB8, CB9 and CB10), the general competences are the following:
CG07 - Ability to search for and analyze information.
CG08 - Decision making skills.
CG09 - Teamwork skills.
CG11 - Work in an international environment.
CG12 - Interpersonal relationship skills.
CG13 - Commitment to ethical business.
CG15 - Ability to adapt to new situations.
CG16 - Creativity.
CE09 - Ability to identify, develop, and evaluate marketing strategies based on knowledge of established objectives and market characteristics.
CE11 - Ability to retrieve and analyze information and write reports about the activities of the firm or department.
CE13 - Ability to elaborate improvement plans and corrective actions.
CE14 - Ability to understand, select and assess information and use it in decision-making processes.
CE15 - Ability to communicate effectively in business situations.
At the completion of this course students should be able to:
1. Identify major forces and analyze challenges of the global business environment.
2. Understand, measure and analyze differences in the cultural and institutional international business environment.
3. Apply tools and critical thinking skills to analyze foreign market opportunities.
4. Recognize alternative entry modes and design and evaluate market entry strategies.
5. Discuss different perspectives on the existence of multinational enterprises and the difficulties in the relationship between headquarters and subsidiaries.
6. Understand the role of innovation development and transfer in shaping and fostering the competitive advantage of multinational firms.
7. Identify international business situations that present potential complications due to ethical issues in accounting and tax.
8. Discuss relevant international accountancy and finances issues affecting multinationals.
9. Understand the effects of political, macroeconomic and regulatory aspects on the financial statements of multinational groups.
10. Actively reading financial press and looking for relationships to the material covered in the course.
11. Understand how business strategies and valuation are analyzed using the financial statements of multinational groups.
12. Understand and locate international business research.
|Learning outcome||Content (Chapter #)||Activity||Evaluation|
|R1 - Identify major forces and analyze challenges of the global business environment||1||A1, A2, A3. A4||E2, E4|
|R2 - Understand, measure and analyze differences in the cultural and institutional international business environment||2||A1, A2, A3, A4||E3, E4|
|R3 - Apply tools and critical thinking skills to analyze foreign market opportunities||1, 2, 3||A1, A2, A3, A4||E2, E4|
|R4 - Recognize alternative entry modes and design and evaluate market entry strategies||4||A1, A2, A3, A4||E3, E4|
|R5 - Discuss different perspectives on the existence of multinational enterprises and the difficulties in the relationship between headquarters and subsidiaries||5||A1, A2, A3, A4||E2, E4|
|R6 - Understand the role of innovation development and transfer in shaping and fostering the competitive advantage of multinational firms||6||A1, A2, A3, A4||E3, E4|
|R7 - Identify international business situations that present potential complications due to ethical issues in accounting and tax||10||A1, A2, A3, A4||E2, E3, E4|
|R8 - Understand the effects of political, macroeconomic and regulatory aspects on the financial statements of multinational groups||7, 8||A1, A2, A3, A4||E2, E3, E4|
|R9 - Actively reading financial press and looking for relationships to the material covered in the course||7, 8, 9, 10||A1, A2, A3, A4||E2, E3, E4|
|R10 - Understand how business strategies and valuation are analyzed using the financial statements of multinational groups.||9||A1, A2, A3, A4||E2, E3, E4|
|R11 - Understand and locate international business research||1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6||A1, A3, A6||E2, E3|
|Methodology - Activity||In class||Outside of the classroom|
|A2 Practical sessions (cases, etc.)||12|
|A3 Assignments (individual and in group)||24|
|A4 Independent and private study||21|
|CB6, CG15, CG16, CE15||A1 Lectures|
|CB7, CB8, CB9, CG07, CG08, CG09, CG11, CG12, CG13, CG15, CG16, CE09, CE11, CE13, CE14, CE15||A2 Practical sessions (cases, etc.)|
|CB7, CG07, CG08, CE09, CE11, CE13, CE14||A3 Assignments (individual and in group)|
|CB6, CB10, CG15, CE11, CE14||A4 Independent and private study, A5 examinations|
|CB10, CE15||A6 Tutorials|
|Learning outcome||Evaluation||Weight (%)||Re-examination|
|R1, R2, R3, R4, R5, R6,R7, R8, R9, R10||E1 - In-class participation in the lectures and practical sessions (discussions of the main topics and concepts)||10%||No|
|R1, R3, R5, R11||E2 - In-group assignments (application of the subject matter to specific situations)||20%||No|
|R2, R4, R6, R11||E3 - Individual assignments (implications of the main concepts in particular settings)||10%||No|
|R1, R2, R3, R4, R5, R6, R7, R8, R9, R10||E4 - Written examinations on the subject matter (Knowledge, understanding and use of the subject matter)||60% (minimum grade for passing: 5/10)||Yes (written examination)|
Course content summary
This International Business course focuses on current and relevant issues affecting firms operating abroad. The course is divided in two sections. In the first section of the course, we start by identifying and discussing the determinants and consequences of the globalization process and examine the most enduring and salient differences across countries, including a review of cultural, psychic and institutional distance. We study later the two most critical international strategic decisions for firms operating abroad: market selection and entry modes. The fifth theme contains a reflection on the existence of multinational firms and outlines the ongoing debate on the contribution to value creation of headquarters and subsidiaries in the multinational company. The sixth topic deals with the relevance of innovation development and transfer in multinational firms. In the second section of the course we focus on the annual accounts of multinational groups to discuss topics such as accounting standards harmonization, foreign currency effects and country risk and the role of financial statements for profitability-risk analysis and valuation.
1. Globalization and differences across markets
1.1. The globalization process
1.2. Differences across markets
2. Cultural and institutional international business environment
2.1. Cultural and psychic distance and their measurement
2.2. Institutional distance and its measurement
3. International market and customer selection
3.1. Selection approaches
3.2. Selection methods
4. Entry modes in international markets
4.1. Non-equity entry modes
4.2. Equity entry modes
5. Managing the multinational firm
5.1. Theories of the multinational firm
5.2. Headquarters-subsidiary relationships in the MNC
6. Development and transfer of innovations in multinational firms
6.1. Innovation development
6.2. Innovation transfer
7. Financial statements in a mutinational annual report
7.1. Parent-only vs. Consolidated statements
7.2. Segmented reporting
8. International accounting: main topics
8.1. Foreign currency accounting
8.2. Other topics in international accounting
9. Financial statement and ratio analysis
9.1. Profitability analysis
9.2. Risk analysis
10. Ethical issues in multinational accounting and tax
10.1. Accounting scandals from an international perspective
10.2. Tax-based strategies from an international perspective
A week by week schedule will be available in MiAulario.
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