International Business

Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona

Course Description

  • Course Name

    International Business

  • Host University

    Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona

  • Location

    Barcelona, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Peace and Conflict Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview


    Although international business has been important for decades, its impact on our lives has been more visible in the recent years. I am presently typing this syllabus in a computer manufactured by an American corporation (H-P), many of whose components are produced in Taiwan or mainland China. The computer was assembled in the Czech Republic and purchased to the Spanish HP subsidiary in an Internet Auction conducted by an American firm (Ebay). A few minutes ago, a courier delivered me the latest International Business book I ordered a week ago from a UK Internet-bookstore.

    Why this complex network of business corporations that spread across the countries? Why now and not before? Why we should study international business differently as regular business? This course will provide an overview of the challenges facing businesses as they compete on the global playing field.

    We shall start the course focusing on the economic foundations of international business. Next we will consider the main forces that shape business across countries: political, economic, cultural and legal forces. The last part of the course will analyse the internal aspects of a firm oriented towards international business.


    At the end of the course you should be able to:

    1. Understand the most widely used international business terms and concepts.

    2. Identify the role and impact of political, economical, social and cultural variables in international business.

    3. Analyse international business from a multi-centric perspective, avoiding ethnocentrism.



         - Fluent in English



    The subject is divided in 15 different topics which appear in the provided documentation:

    1. Globalisation
    2. Country Differences in Political Economy
    3. Differences in Culture
    4. Political economy of international trade
    5. FDI (Foreign Direct Investment)
    6. Regional Economic Integration
    7. The international Monetary System
    8. The strategy of International Business.
    9. The organisation in International Business.
    10. Entry strategies and strategic alliances
    11. Exporting and Importing
    12.Global Marketing and R&D
    13.Global Human Resource Management
    14.Cost Analysis, Quotations and Factoring
    15. Payment Systems in International Business.

Course Disclaimer

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations


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