In the International Business (IB) track, you learn about the challenges multinational enterprises (MNEs) face when doing business abroad. This track is one of 9 tracks you can opt for in our Master's in Business Administration.
Globalisation increasingly stimulates firms to expand across borders and become MNEs, which confronts them with macro-level issues related to supranational policies and ‘local’ matters such as market entry mode and internationalisation strategies.
In the International Business track, you investigate the challenges of managing an MNE. Learn how to identify strategies and tools to succeed in foreign markets, discover how large MNEs are structured and managed and become familiar with the range of methods to enter foreign markets.
Our international team of lecturers and researchers is devoted to taking you on this challenging intellectual journey. They will invite you to discuss theories, practise them in real-life cases and draw up creative solutions, thus providing you with a solid foundation for a future career in an increasingly globalised business landscape.
'This track will make you understand the international business world on a deeper level and it's a great way to also get some cultural knowledge, because your Chinese, North American or African classmate might have a totally different opinion on a certain problem compared to you.' Students talk about their experiences with the programme in this track video.
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Apart from the general courses of the full programme, you will follow 3 track-specific courses.
Explore the basic concepts of international business. Learn about the IB environment, foreign direct investment, global governance, and home and host countries' influence on stakeholders at home and abroad. Become familiar with the increasingly multifaceted and interdependent nature of IB. Specific topics include:
Further explore core topics in IB and corporate governance. In their strategic choices, firms must consider cultural, institutional and regulatory factors. Some of the questions you will research and discuss are: what are the main contextual factors that influence strategic choices? How do nations differ in terms of their (in)formal institutions and national business systems? What are the IB cross-country cultural models? How is corporate governance practiced in different countries?
Although MNEs like Toyota, IBM and Nestlé are extremely successful in their international operations, foreign ventures often flop, like Wal-Mart in Germany. In this course, you examine the challenges that managers face in identifying strategies and tools to help their companies be successful abroad. Examples of questions you will address include: why do firms become multinational? How do they select host countries? What strategies can they follow to manage foreign operations?
Discuss how COVID-19 and associated shocks in the mobility of people and goods are impacting international business within global value chains and how multinational enterprises are coping with risks and uncertainties related to outsourcing and offshoring decisions.
The following are only a few of the key questions that arise when examining the current IB landscape:
The International Business specialisation offers an in-depth knowledge on European businesses and climates. I feel well prepared to advance in business environments.Arda Elma - track International Business Read about Arda's experiences with this Master's
Graduates of the Master's in Business Administration/International Business track have excellent job prospects for positions as managers, consultants, strategists, online marketers and digital experts in IB, both in the Netherlands and abroad, with international companies such as:
|Degree programme||MSc International Business|
|Type||Regular study programme|
|Credits||60 ECTS, 12 months|
|Language of instruction||English|
|Starts in||February, September|