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721538S International Business Theory, 6 ECTS cr 
Code 721538S  Validity 01.08.2014 -
Name International Business Theory  Abbreviation International B 
Scope6 ECTS cr   
TypeAdvanced Studies Discipline6357 International Business Management 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Oulu Business School 

Tuija Mainela 

ECTS Credits 

6 credits

Language of instruction 



Period 1. It is recommended to complete the course at the 1st Autumn semester of the Master’s program in International Business Management.

Learning outcomes 

After completing the course the students should be able to discuss internationalization from several theoretical perspectives and describe internationalization theories with respect to their core assumptions and key concepts. They should be able to compare the ideas and assess the value of theoretical approaches in different situations. Furthermore, the students should be able to use theories in analysis of international business operations of firms. The students should also have developed their analytical, academic writing and argumentation skills.


This course introduces theories on internationalization of firms with focus on process models of internationalization, network theory of internationalization, international new venture theory and institutional theory of internationalization. Case studies are used to practice applying of the theories in analysis of internationalization of firms.

Mode of delivery 

Online course   

Learning activities and teaching methods 

Individual and peer community based learning activities online with weekly assignments and deadlines. Learning activities include independent reading of the assigned materials (60h), reflecting upon the presented theories in written (10h), commenting on scientific articles (10h), participating online discussions on cases (20h), and writing individual learning reports (60h).

Target group 

Students of the Master’s program in International Business Management

Prerequisites and co-requisites 

Basic and intermediate studies in international business management.

Recommended optional programme components 


Recommended or required reading 

Collection of articles named by the instructor.

Assessment methods and criteria 

Assignments during the course and home exam.


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

Person responsible 

Tuija Mainela

Working life cooperation 

Students examine real-life examples of internationalization processes of firms and create knowledge to support decision making in internationalization. Students also learn working and communication skills in an online environment.

Other information 

The number of students is limited.


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Functions Name Type ECTS cr Teacher Schedule
registration period has ended Online Course International Business Theory  Course  Tuija Mainela  20.09.21 -22.10.21

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