One way for companies to be successful is to expand in new growth markets and to do business across country borders. This two-year master program provides adequate knowledge on how to develop competitive, dynamic and socially responsible strategies for international companies and also offers a deeper research focus and elective courses, including possibilities of studies abroad or internship.
The two-year master's program in Business Administration with specialization in International Business Strategy provides students with comprehensive theoretical insights and advanced practical understanding in order to identify, apply and critically evaluate the international business, marketing and entrepreneurship theory from a strategic point of view. A certain focus is on megatrends in society such as globalization and the ongoing development of emerging markets, including for example the Baltic Sea Region, Russia, China, India, Latin America, and Africa. Another focus is given to the internationalization of firms in a business-to-business context – both traditional industrial firms and more current, rapidly internationalizing, entrepreneurial firms of smaller size. The program is interactive and research-based – integrating research from the program team into the courses as literature and illustrative examples – and takes place in a multi-cultural learning environment. Working with live-case companies plays a central role throughout the program as students study internationally active firms in the region. It brings the international strategic challenges of firms in the courses. Students work to solve real strategic issues faced by highly internationalized and competitive Swedish firms of different sizes; ranging from large multinational corporations to small and medium-sized regional companies. Besides the compulsory program courses, elective courses or studies abroad give possibilities for students’ topical specialization.
The purpose of the program is to foster independent and capable students with the knowledge and ability to critically analyze problems and decisions in order to develop competitive, dynamic and socially responsible strategies for international companies. With a deep theoretical grounding and reflective stance, students will be (well) prepared for careers within the business as well as academia.
International Business Strategy is a 120-credit two-year program. The program starts with workshops on international team building, intercultural communication, and academic writing in order to form a platform for learning. The program starts with a multidisciplinary course covering global challenges and opportunities to give a background to contemporary megatrends and developments with relevance to international business strategy. Thereafter the program provides students with a course international business strategy in emerging country markets and one course focusing on the internationalization of primarily small and medium-sized entrepreneurial firms. For the Spring semester, a methodology course is given in parallel to a course in knowledge and innovation-based strategy, followed by two courses providing deepened skills in methodology as well as contemporary international business research. The second year offers opportunities for further specialization within international business strategy; one semester (30 credits) of elective courses, including possibilities of studies abroad or internship; and one semester (30 credits) focusing on the master's degree project.
General entry requirements for second-cycle studies and specific entry requirements:
- A degree of Bachelor in Business Administration as the main subject.
- English B/6 or the equivalent.
- At least 90 credits in Business Administration.
Alternative selection: The selection of students who have applied is partly based on a statement of purpose and cv.
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Master of Science (120 credits) in Business and Economics with a specialization in International Business Strategy (Main field of study: Business Administration).
About the School
Linnaeus University is a modern, international university named after Carl Linnaeus – a world-renowned Swedish scientist who was born in the Småland region where the university is located.