International Business Theory: Trade, Investment and the MNE


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The aim is to give the student an insight into fundamental subject specific theoretical knowledge on international business theories, their historical development, meta-theoretical analysis, and current developments. The student should understand the specifics of internationalisation of MNEs, the role of home and host country context and institutions in the internationalisation of the firm, the diverse speed, scope, scale and pathways in firm internationalisation.

Learning objectives


The objective is that the student after the module possesses the necessary knowledge on:

  • key international business concepts and theories characterising the development of the international business theoretical field in relation to the internationalisation of MNEs.
  • the impact of home and host country context and institutions on firm internationalisation.
  • the foundations of internationalisation theories.


The objective is that the student after the module possesses the necessary skills in:

  • delineating international business theories, frameworks and concepts.
  • searching for, grouping and extracting key points from academic publications on a specific international business theory and concepts involving reading and synthesising international business based academic articles and books.
  • comparing and contrasting theories of the multinational firm and critically evaluating their relevance in today’s context.


The objective is that the student after the module possesses the necessary competences in:

  • presenting own views on international business theories and concepts by making a point, supporting it with evidence and own argument.
  • applying the above knowledge and skills to case companies.
  • relating contemporary trends in trade and investment to economic and social development.

Type of instruction

For information see § 17.


Prerequisite for enrollment for the exam

  • A prerequisite for participating in the exam is that the student has participated actively in developing written material during the module.


The module shares exams with

Facts about the module

Danish titleInternational forretningsteori: Handel, investering og MNE
Module codeKAINB20201
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Business Economics
DepartmentAAU Business School
FacultyThe Faculty of Social Sciences