Public University of Navarre



Academic year: 2017/2018 | Previous academic years:  2016/2017  |  2015/2016  |  2014/2015 
Master’s degree in Business Management
Course code: 72941 Subject title: International Business
Credits: 3 Type of subject: Mandatory Year: 1 Period: 2º S
Department: Business Administration
Lecturers
LIZARRAGA DALLO, FERMÍN MARTIN MARTIN, OSCAR (Resp)

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Module/Subject matter

Strategy and External Performance.

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Descriptors

International business; international business environment; international business strategy; multinational companies (MNC); international accountancy and finance.

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General proficiencies

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.

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Specific proficiencies

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.

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Learning outcomes

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

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Methodology

Methodology - Activity In class Outside of the classroom
A1 Lectures 12  
A2 Practical sessions (cases, etc.) 12  
A3 Assignments (individual and in group)   24
A4 Independent and private study   21
A5 Examinations   04
A6 Tutorials   02
Total 24 51

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Relationship between formative activities and proficiencies

Competence Formative activity
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

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Languages

English.

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Evaluation

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)

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Contents

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.

 

Course content 

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

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Agenda

A week by week schedule will be available in MiAulario.

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Bibliography

Acceda a la bibliografía que su profesor ha solicitado a la Biblioteca.


- Cavusgil, S. T., Knight, G. and Riesenberger, J. R. (2014). International Business: The New Realities. 3rd edition. Pearson.

- Forsgren, Mats (2013). Theories of the multinational firm: A multidimensional creature in the global economy. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham.

- Hollensen, Svend (2013). Global Marketing - A Decision-oriented Approach. 6th edition. Pearson.

- Weil, R.L., Shipper, K, and Francis, J. (2014): Financial Accounting. An introduction to concepts, methods and uses. South Western. Cengage Learning

- Kieso, E., Weygandt, Jerry J. and T.D. Warfield (2014). Intermediate Accounting. IFRS 2nd Edition. Wiley.

- Wild, J. J. and Wild, K. L. (2014). International Business: The Challenges of Globalization. 7th edition. Pearson. 

- Choi, F.D.S. and Meek, G.K. (2013). International Accounting, international edition, Pearson

 

 

Additional bibliography:

- Bond, C. & O'Byrne, D. (2014), "Challenges and conceptions of globalization: An investigation into models of global change and their relationship with business practice", Cross Cultural Management, Vol. 21 No. 1, pp. 23-38.

- Martín Martín, O. & Drogendijk, R. (2014), "Country Distance (COD): Development and Validation of a New Objective Measure", Journal of Small Business Management, Vol. 52 No. 1, pp. 102-125.

- Papadopoulos, N. & Martín Martín, O. (2011), "International Market Selection and Segmentation: Perspectives and Challenges", International Marketing Review, Vol. 28 No. 2, pp. 132-149.

- Roman L. Weil, Katherine Schipper, Jennifer Francis (2013) Financial Accounting: An Introduction to Concepts, Methods and Uses, 14th Edition. Cengage Learning

- Palepu, K.G., Healy, P.M., Bernard, V.L. and Peek, E. (2013) Business analysis and valuation. IFRS edition. Thomson

- Estados contables: elaboración, análisis e interpretación (cuarta edición) Archel, Pablo; Lizarraga, Fermín, Sánchez, Santiago y Cano, Manuel

Editorial Pirámide (2012)

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