20549 - FOUNDATIONS OF GLOBALIZATION - MODULE 2 (Comparative evolution of international business)
Course taught in English
This course examines the role of entrepreneurs and corporations in the global market over the past centuries. Based on a longitudinal methodology of analysis and a vast array of case histories, the course addresses a wide range of issues related to international business including asymmetric information, transaction and agency costs, the role of technology in explaining the evolution of internationalization strategies; the part played by local culture and patterns of consumption in explaining the success or failure of international corporations, and the role played by governments in this process.
- Theorizing international business.
- Transaction and agency costs, uncertainty and information asymmetries: strategies of international business before industrialization.
- Governments, trade and internationalization: strategies of international business in the First Industrial Revolution.
- Globalization and technology: strategies of international business in the Second Industrial Revolution.
- Crisis and disequilibrium. Strategies of international business in the 1930s.
- Growth and integration. Strategies of international business in the Golden Age.
- Cultural challenges. Strategies of international business in new contexts.
- Written exam.
- Team assignment.
- 2 homework assignments.
- A. COLLI, Dynamics of International Business. Comparative perspectives about firms, markets and countries, Routledge, 2016.
- Cases and articles available at Course Reserve.
- Cases and class material available on Blackboard, including video lectures and interview, case studies and slides.