Theories and research in international business 29.10.2013-01.11.2013

Kurssikuvaus: The course gives an overview of main theories and research traditions in international business research. Students learn about seminal and key studies, history, current situation and future trends of research on internationalization processes, international entrepreneurship, foreign direct investment and international business networks. Emphasis is on discussing the evolvement of the research streams and understanding their core assumptions.

Pidempi kurssikuvaus:

Muuta: The students should sign up for the course by September 15th 2013. The study place is applied through submitting an electronic application of one page to Monika Musial ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), Department of Management and International Business, Oulu Business School including:

- contact information (name, university, address, e-mail, phone number),
- information on the current phase of the studies (year of enrollment as a doctoral student, number of earned study points, phase of doctoral research, membership in a doctoral school if any),
- a short summary of the doctoral research that describes the topic, the research area and the key issues that are examined
- need and motive for taking part in the course
The number of participants is restricted to 25 students. The course is organized by the Doctoral school FIGSIB and the members of KATAJA doctoral schools will be favored if all applicants cannot be accepted.

Kurssin yhteyshenkilö: Professor Tuija Mainela

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Kurssin aikataulu: 29.10.2013-01.11.2013

Paikka: University of Oulu, Finland

Kurssin laajuus opintopisteinä: 6

Kurssin tavoitteet: During the course students read, analyze, and discuss research publications in the area and develop skills in scientific argumentation and writing. The course aims to facilitate designing of doctoral theses in international business. The course should give a good platform to formulate research problems and start doctoral research in the international business field.

Kurssin suorittaminen: The course consists of three parts: 1) a pre-reading package that is informed by mid-September, 2) lectures with interaction and teamwork over week 44 and 3) written assignment as the examination of the course to be delivered by 2nd of December 2013.

Students read the pre-reading package beforehand and write a 1-2 page reflective summary on one of the articles named for each of the course days. In the reflective summary the choice of the article and the main learning points for own research should be discussed in addition to the contents of the article. During the lectures the students are expected to actively participate and present their views on the topics. The written assignment can be planned to support own doctoral research but should still cover the minimum of half of the course literature. More detail on the assignment is given during the lectures on week 44.

Presence and informed participation in all four days of lectures on week 44 are compulsory and the contribution to discussion during the classes is evaluated. The final assignment is evaluated by the faculty, which is named according to the topics. The whole course evaluation is based on the continual assessment during the teaching and learning activities of week 44 and on the written assignment paper delivered by 2nd of December to the named evaluator.

Kurssin arviointi:

Kohderyhmä: Preferably members of KATAJA (FIGSIB, FINNMARK and GRAMIS)

Kurssin pääluennoitsijana toimii: Prof. Tuija Mainela

Muut luennoitsijat: Prof. Jorma Larimo, Prof. Vesa Puhakka, Prof. Jan-Erik Vahlne.