Multinational Enterprises (MNG233)


This course provides an insight on, and an introduction to multinational enterprises (MNEs) - the most studied object in the field of International Business. Multinational enterprises are among the major players in the world economy, and as an illustration, the 500 largest MNEs to do more than half of the world trade and 80% of the foreign investments. The course covers topics that students will face when being employed in multinational enterprises and the themes are illustrated using real-life cases. This course deals with three major themes related to multinational enterprises. Firstly, the course starts with discussing the role, motivation, and structures of MNEs – why do firms invest in foreign countries even if it is less complicated and less expensive to export. Secondly, the course deals with juxtaposition between MNE headquarters and subsidiaries. In doing this, course addresses issues such as top management teams, firm functions, and cross-cultural management. Thirdly, the course explains various possible ways of investing in foreign countries, and thus, how firms may become multinational enterprises.

Aims of the course

The goal of the Multinational Enterprises course is to provide students with relevant theories and tools to analyze and understand the multifaceted issues related to multinational enterprises.

Learning outcomes

In particular, this course aims to:

  • The student is able to distinguish various conceptualizations and MNE theories.
  • The student is able to explain why multinational enterprises exist.
  • Identify and compare different ways how firms become MNEs.
  • The student is able to determine the role of different organizational cultures, national cultures, and cross-cultural management in MNEs.
  • The student recognizes what constitutes MNEs competitive advantages and how they compete.
  • The student understands how firm functions are intertwined and hence, the role of cross-functional cooperation.
  • The student identifies the ethical and the corporate responsibility issues in MNEs.