International Business Environment 7.5 credits

Internationell affärsmiljö
First cycle, M0022N
Course syllabus valid: Spring 2020 Sp 4 - Present
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Syllabus established
by 28 Feb 2007

Last revised
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Daniel Örtqvist, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences 19 May 2020

Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
U G VG *
Business Administration
Subject group (SCB)
Business Administration
Main field of study
Business Administration

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language and Basic business administration 30 credits (M0015N Principles of Marketing, O0017N Management of business, R0008N Introductory Course Accounting and Control and R0009N Models for Management Control) or equivalent. Good knowledge in English, equivalent to English 6.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 1-165 credits.

Course Aim

The goal of the course is for the student to be able to develop knowledge and abilities in the area of the international business environment and how business organizations act in this environment.

After passing the course the student shall be able to:

  • understand and appreciate the forces of globalization facing organizations today
  • describe the different components of international business environments and how they influence business organizations active in international markets.
  • describe strategic considerations for business organizations active in the international market
  • analyze an international business opportunity based on these environmental forces.
  • design and carry out a written report where a problem in the international business environment is considered and relevant conclusions/recommendations are developed
  • work both individually and in groups to develop written and oral communication skills
  • work in teams to develop teamwork/management skills

The course considers introductions to:
  • globalization and the issues organizations face in dealing with it
  • international business activities in theory and practice
  • the international business environment and its institutions

Lectures/lessons, seminars, team assignments and individual work. The course contains project work in contact with business sector, and guest lectures from the business sector.

A written (midterm) exam is used in order to evaluate students’ ability to understand the components involved in international business environments that are introduced in the course.  Quizzes on reading material (textbook) and/or other participation exercises and assignments are completed at various times throughout the course in order to evaluate students’ to ability to discuss and defend international business decisions and demonstrate their understanding of the material presented in the course. A final team project evaluates their ability to work as a team to analyze and develop a written, international business report that utilizes these environmental factors and allows them to discuss strategic considerations for an actual company/brand.

Students must register for the courses themselves, or contact ETS educational administration, not later than three days after the quarter commences. Failure to do so can result in the place being lost. This rule also applies to students with a guaranteed place. Due to similar content, the course can not be included in a degree together with the course M0007N or other courses with similar content.

Maria Ek Styvén

Transition terms
The course M0022N is equal to IEM506

Literature. Valid from Spring 2013 Sp 4 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Wild & Wild; International Business, latest edition, Prentice Hall
Literature might be added.

Course offered by
Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleHPStatusFrom periodTitle
0002Compulsory tests and assignmentsU G VG *7.50MandatoryA08

Study guidance
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