Theories and Research in International Business

Time & place: September 30 – October 3, 2019, Lappeenranta University of Technology

Learning goal and objectives

The course gives an overview of main theories and research traditions in the area of international business (IB). Students learn about key studies, the history and current situation of the field, as well as future trends in international entrepreneurship, internationalization processes, international strategy, headquarters-subsidiary relationships, and MNC management. The emphasis is on understanding the core assumptions and evolution of these major streams of IB research. Participants develop their scientific argumentation and writing skills by reading, analyzing and discussing relevant research, which in turn facilitates their work in designing and writing a doctoral thesis. The course gives a good basis for formulating research problems and conducting doctoral research in the field of international business.

Instruction and examination: Active participation during the course, written report

Credits: 6 ECTS

Grading: 1-5

Prerequisites: PhD Student

Admittance: 25

Instructors: Rudolf Sinkovics, Henrik Dellestrand, Jorma Larimo, Olli Kuivalainen

Course coordinator and contact information: Lasse Torkkeli, corresponding instructor and course responsible. Email: