International Business

The minor International Business provides insight and company assignments on the field of international business. Core of the minor is the “International Strategy Advice” that students will give to a Dutch company that is or will be exporting.

  • Semester or period: Fall, Spring
  • Level: Third year
  • Amount of ECTS: 30
  • NHL-Institute: Business and Management
  • Optional course: Dutch Language and Culture

Description minor

The whole setting of the minor is in close collaboration with the chamber of commerce, local governments and all kind of experts.
Students will be able to give the best possible advice because the Minor International Business will provide students with the theoretical strategic background to be able to work as a professional consultant. This background includes the designing of international strategies en determining the right entry method.
Furthermore the minor provides knowledge about legal, financial and logistic aspects of international business.
Insights on entrepreneurship, cultural aspects of international business and knowledge of foreign languages are also part of the program. The minor is designed to deliver the knowledge and insights “at the right moment”. When the student needs the insight for his consultancy assignment, the workshops and lectures will offer the right insights. 

International market research

In this course the student will learn how you can find data in foreign markets and which method are most appropriate. The input has to be applied in the main assignment, an export policy plan for an existing company.

  • Study methods: Lectures, group work
  • Literature / readers: Sheets
  • Grading policy: Contribution to final assignment
  • Amount of ECTS: 2

Cross cultural skills

The students knows all important issues concerning this topic: leading is Hofstede. Students will become aware of their own cultural back ground and will use this in many practical exercises.

  • Study methods: Discussions, group work, cases
  • Grading policy: Pass / not pass
  • Amount of ECTS: 2 

Entry strategy

The student knows and understands the theory, tools and strategies to enter a foreign market, and is able to identify and explain the factors that influence the entry strategy.

  • Study methods: Lectures, discussions, group work
  • Literature / readers: Export Management, Veldman, EAN: 9789001700324
  • Grading policy: This lesson is mandatory to prepare yourself for the main assignment in the minor: advice a real company through a business report on how to do their export
  • Amount of ECTS: 4

Export strategy

The student knows and understands the theory, aspects and different strategies for export strategy, and is able to identify and explain the factors that influence export strategy.

  • Study methods: Lectures, discussions, group work
  • Literature / readers: Export management, Veldman, EAN: 9789001700324
  • Grading policy: This course is part of the final assignment: writing an export business plan for an existing company
  • Amount of ECTS: 4​

Finance

The student knows and understands the theory, tools and strategies for exporting companies from a financial management perspective.

  • Study methods: Lectures, group work, guest lectures
  • Literature / readers: Export management, A European perspective, Veldman, EAN: 9789001700324
  • Grading policy: Pass / not pass
  • Amount of ECTS: 2

Logistics

The student knows and understands the theory, tools and strategies for international logistics, is able to identify and explain the factors that influence logistics. The student needs to develop a holistic view of the use of logistics in an international environment operating enterprise.

  • Study methods: Lectures, group work, guest lectures
  • Literature / readers: Main book in minor Export Management, Veldman, EAN: 9789001700324
  • Grading policy: Pass / not pass
  • Amount of ECTS: 2

Assignment International Business

In the so called export carrousel, we have 5 central meetings with the chamber of commerce, the province, all participating companies and expert. This includes company visits, lectures by experienced exporters and workshops. Networking is important. Under supervision students write the foundation for an export policy plan for an existing company and present this plan at the company. We provide lectures, guest lectures, working in groups, tutoring and consultancy between colleagues to help you writing and presenting this plan.

  • Study methods: Lectures, discussions, group work, cases, excursions, guest lectures
  • Literature / readers: Export management, European perspectieve Veldman
  • Grading policy: Not sufficient, sufficient, good, excellent
  • Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th year of study, having done the internship
  • Amount of ECTS: 14