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International Business 2017/2018

  • 5 ECTS
  • Taught in Portuguese
  • Continuous Assessment


At the end of UC the student should be able to:
i) explain the theories of Internationalization
ii) explain and interpret the different International Business Models or Strategies, differentiating their applicability according to the particular situation of each company.
iii) It should also identify the different opportunities and constraints that are presented to companies that wish to internationalize their operations

Recommended Prerequisites


Teaching Metodology

The classes include theoretical sessions and practical sessions. The theoretical sessions consist of the exposition of contents. The practical sessions will consist of applying the knowledge transmitted in the theoretical sessions through the discussion of practical cases and texts distributed by the teacher. Also during these classes will be realized the presentations of the works realized by the students. There will also be seminars with guests on themes and cases relevant to the subject.
The evaluation consists of:
- seminar reports 10%
- group work on internationalization: 60% (40% work - 20% oral presentation)
- final test: 30%

Body of Work

I) Theories and Models of Internationalization
II) Internationalization methods
III) Internationalization as Strategic Behavior
IV) Factors Inducing Internationalization ("New Theories of Internationalization")
V) Opportunities and Constraints

Recommended Bibliography

Ball, D. A., Geringer, J. M., McNett, J. M. and Minor, M. S. (2013), International Business – The Challenge of Global Competition, 13th Edition, McGraw-Hill.

Bartlett, C. A., and Beamish. P. W. (2011), Transnational Management: Text Cases and Readings in Cross Border Management. 6th Edition, McGraw-Hill/Irwin.

Cullen, John B. and Parboteeah, K. Praveen (2010), International business : strategy and the multinational
company, Routledge: New York.

Hill, Charles W. L. (2013), International Business: Competing in the Global Marketplace, 9th Edition, McGraw-Hill.

Wild, J. J. and Wild, K. L. (2014), International Business: The Challenges of Globalization, 7th Edition, Prentice Hall.

Complementary Bibliography


Weekly Planning


Demonstration of the syllabus coherence with the curricular unit's objectives

Chapter 1, 2, 3 and 4 enables the achievement of objectives 1 and 2.
Chapter 5 enables the achievement of objective 3.

Demonstration of the teaching methodologies coherence with the curricular unit's objectives

The lectures are primarily directed to the goals 1 and 2.
The practical classes are fundamentally directed towards objectives 2 and 3.
The group work and practical cases will reinforce goals 2 and 3.
The seminars will be organized to promote objective 3.

relevant generic skillimproved?assessed?
Achieving practical application of theoretical knowledgeYesYes
Adapting to new situationsYesYes
Analytical and synthetic skillsYesYes
Balanced decision makingYesYes
Cultural awarenessYesYes
Event organization, planning and managementYesYes
Foreign language proficiencyYesYes
Problem Analysis and AssessmentYesYes
Understanding multiculturalism and valuing diversityYesYes
Working in international contextYesYes
Written and verbal communications skillsYesYes
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