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723038S Multinational Enterprise Theory, 6 op 
Tunniste 723038S  Voimassaolo 01.08.2010 -
Nimi Multinational Enterprise Theory  Lyhenne Multinational E 
Laajuus6 op   
OpiskelumuotoSyventävät opinnot Oppiaine6355 Kansainvälinen liiketoiminta 
  Arvostelu1 - 5, hyv, hyl 
Vastuuyksikkö Oulun yliopiston kauppakorkeakoulu 

Lauri Haapanen 


6 credits




Period 2. It is recommended to complete the course at the 1st autumn semester of the Master’s program.


Students will be able to compare and describe different multinational enterprise theories. They can judge the applicability of the theories in dynamic business contexts. The students are able to explain the major changes in enterprise´s cross-border strategies using theoretical frameworks and conclude the viable strategies taking into account firm-specific and industry-specific boundaries. Students are also able to express their ideas analytically and effectively both in written and oral form.


Students completing the course will have an understanding of the theories explaining the behavior of large and geographically dispersed multinational enterprises (MNEs) which are in mature stages of internationalization. Students will familiarize with the transaction cost theory, Dunning’s OLI paradigm, resource-based view of the firm, and dynamic capability perspective of multinational enterprises. Course addresses specific issues related to the determinants of MNEs, the patterns of foreign direct investments (FDIs), the roles of joint ventures (JVs), and mergers & acquisitions (M&As) in expanding of businesses in foreign countries.


Face-to-face teaching with materials and resources online.


The course consist of 24 hours lectures with reflections, 12 hours workshop sessions (50 h), reading the course literature (60 h), writing the report (50 h). Students will apply their theoretical knowledge and approaches in an individual course assignment.


Students of the Master’s program in International Business Management


Basic and intermediate studies in international business management

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Dunning, J.H. & Lundan, S.M. (2008). Multinational enterprises and the global economy, second edition. Edward Elgar Publishing Limited.

Additional collection of articles will be provided during the course.

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Assessment is based on given assignments and an individual case report.


The course utilizes a numerical grading scale 1-5. In the numerical scale zero stands for fail.


Lauri Haapanen


This course covers topics that develop student’s awareness of multidimensional aspects related to a multinational enterprise, awareness of complex decision-making situations including multiple units and stakeholders. Course discusses such issues that students will face when being employed in multinational enterprise. Student projects are based on real-life case exercises and enhance analysis and communication skills.


The number of students is limited.


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