The planning for the current semester.

with Professor Johan Latulippe
Johan.Latulippe@VIU.ca office hours: Thursday 13:00 to 16:00
Building 250 Room 447

Course Description

A critical examination of transnational organizations and their motives for, and methods of, developing business internationally. Topics include the complexities of the international business environment, and an evaluation of the strategic issues surrounding transnational business expansion and operation.

Learning Outcomes

Successful students will have a knowledge and understanding of major trends in the international strategy that affect the business environment, and of major debates and theories that seek to explain emerging trends.

Successful students will be able to take an interdisciplinary approach to analyzing current developments in the international economy, to engage critically with theoretical and empirical accounts of international strategy, to understand the relevance of theoretical and empirical accounts for real business situations, to work in groups to produce a report, and to understand and assess articles from top rate academic journals.

Course Organization

Classes will be a mix of formal lectures and discussions. Students are encouraged to participate actively in these discussions, and should feel free to ask questions. The first 35 of the 75-minute of lecture is reserved for group presentation and discussion by the students. As an MBA course, group presentations will need to be supported by effective discussion of your analysis of relevant data, theory and content.


At the discretion of the instructor, extra marks will be awarded to students who participate in class discussion. 

English Standards  

Assignments must be free of spelling, punctuation and grammatical errors. Assignments containing such errors will be penalized (i.e. mark deductions).


Students with documented disabilities requiring academic and/or exam accommodation should contact Disability Services in Building 200.

Grading Scale

Evaluation Percentage
Presentation 15
Midterm 1 20
Midterm 2 20
Midterm 3 20
Participation 15
Final 10
  • Presentation Starting on week 2.
  • Midterm 1 29 January 2018
  • Midterm 2 5 March 2018
  • Midterm 3 26 March 2018
  • Final 16 April 2018

Course Schedule

We will cover as much of what follows as possible, but topics may be added or deleted depending upon time since we have to accommodate assessments. The tentative lecture and reading schedule for the thirteen weeks is as follows:

Please Note

  • Students should acquaint themselves with the University’s “Student Conduct Policy”.

  • Students should feel free to ask questions during lectures.

  • Students are responsible for all materials taught in class and readings assigned.

Academic Misconduct

Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to, giving and receiving information during any test or exam, using unauthorized sources of information during any test; plagiarizing; fabrication, cheating, and, misrepresenting the work of another person as your own, facilitation of academic misconduct, and under certain conditions, non-attendance.

Plagiarism will not be tolerated. You must reference your work and acknowledge sources with in-text citations and a complete list of references. This includes direct and indirect quotes, diagrams, charts, figures, pictures and written material.

For group projects, the responsibility for academic integrity, which can result in academic misconduct and its resulting penalties, rests with each person in the group and sanctions would be borne by each member.

No electronic dictionaries, cell phones or other electronic devices will be allowed in exams/tests/quizzes. Only the following approved calculators may be used in exams/tests/quizzes. Texas Instrument BAII Plus, BAII, BA35 Sharp EL-733A Hewlett Packard 10B No other materials will be allowed on the desktop apart from a pen/pencil unless specifically approved by the faculty member.

Grading Scheme

Percentage GPA
A+ 90-100 4.33
A 85-89 4.00
A- 80-84 3.67
B+ 76-79 3.33
B 72-75 3.00
B- 68-71 2.67
C+ 64-67 2.33
C 60-63 2.00
C- 55-59 1.67
F Below 50 0


  • Charles W. L. Hill, and‎ G. Tomas M. Hult (2016) International Business: Competing in the Global Marketplace, 11th Canadian Edition. McGraw-Hill Ryerson.



Bryce, David J, and Jeffrey H Dyer. 2007. “Strategies to Crack Well-Guarded Markets.” Harvard Business Review 85 (5): 84–92.

Chen, Shih-Fen S. 2008. “The Motives for International Acquisitions: Capability Procurements, Strategic Considerations, and the Role of Ownership Structures.” Journal of International Business Studies 39 (3). Springer: 454–71.

Christopher, Martin, Helen Peck, and Denis Towill. 2006. “A Taxonomy for Selecting Global Supply Chain Strategies.” The International Journal of Logistics Management 17 (2). Emerald Group Publishing Limited: 277–87.

Cornides, Jakob. 2012. “Exporting Legal Standards Through Trade Negotiations-Intellectual Property Rights Chapters in Global Europe PTAs.” In EU Preferential Trade Agreements: Commerce, Foreign Policy, and Development Aspects, edited by D. Kleimann, 97–111.

Corstjens, Marcel, and Rajiv Lal. 2012. “Retail Doesn’t Cross Borders: Here’s Why and What to Do About It.”

Darroch, Jenny. 2005. “Knowledge Management, Innovation and Firm Performance.” Journal of Knowledge Management 9 (3). Emerald Group Publishing Limited: 101–15.

Eisenhardt, Kathleen M, and Donald N Sull. 2012. “Simple Rules for a Complex World.” HARv. Bus. REV, 69.

Farooki, Masuma. 2010. “China’s Structural Demand and Commodity Super Cycle: Implications for Africa.” Routledge.

Ghemawat, Pankaj. 2008. “Globalization Is an Option Not an Imperative. or, Why the World Is Not Flat.” Ivey Busines Journal.

Hafeez, Khalid, YanBing Zhang, and Naila Malak. 2002. “Core Competence for Sustainable Competitive Advantage: A Structured Methodology for Identifying Core Competence.” IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management 49 (1). IEEE: 28–35.

Hall, Stephen G, and George S Tavlas. 2012. “The Debate About the Revived Bretton-Woods Regime: A Survey and Extension of the Literature.” Journal of Economic Surveys. Wiley Online Library.

Head, Keith. 2007. “Elements of Multinational Strategy.” Springer.

Johnson, Jeffrey E, and Pavlos Dimitratos. 2014. “What Do We Know About the Core Competencies of Micromultinationals?” International Journal of Entrepreneurship 18. Jordan Whitney Enterprises, Inc: 17.

Li, Shenxue, and Hugh Scullion. 2006. “Bridging the Distance: Managing Cross-Border Knowledge Holders.” Asia Pacific Journal of Management 23 (1). Springer: 71–92.

Mellahi, Kamel, Mehmet Demirbag, and Liesl Riddle. 2011. “Multinationals in the Middle East: Challenges and Opportunities.” Journal of World Business 46 (4). Elsevier: 406–10.

Mottner, Sandra, and James P Johnson. 2000. “Motivations and Risks in International Licensing: A Review and Implications for Licensing to Transitional and Emerging Economies.” Journal of World Business 35 (2). Elsevier: 171–88.

Peng, Mike W, Denis YL Wang, and Yi Jiang. 2008. “An Institution-Based View of International Business Strategy: A Focus on Emerging Economies.” Journal of International Business Studies 39 (5). Springer: 920–36.

Porter, Michael E. 1990. “The Competitive Advantage of Nations.” Harvard Business Review, no. March/April: 73–91.

Sawyer, W.C., and R.L. Sprinkle. 2009. International Economics. Pearson Prentice Hall.

Shapiro, Alan C, and Atulya Sarin. 2008. Foundations of Multinational Financial Management. John Wiley & Sons.