Insegnamento a.a. 2017-2018

20549 - FOUNDATIONS OF GLOBALIZATION - MODULE 2 (Comparative evolution of international business)


Department of Social and Political Sciences

Course taught in English

Go to class group/s: 6 - 7
IM (6 credits - I sem. - OB  |  SECS-P/12)
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Classes: 6 (I sem.) - 7 (I sem.)

Course Objectives

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.

Intended Learning Outcomes
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Course Content Summary

  • Introduction.
  • 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.

Teaching methods
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Assessment methods
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Detailed Description of Assessment Methods

  • 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.
Exam textbooks & Online Articles (check availability at the Library)
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