Contemporary Issues in International Business


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

This module discusses the latest developments in internationalisation theory and practice taking place in the rapidly changing conditions in the world concerning dynamics in regionalization, nationalism and protectionism; trade disputes and wars, sanctions, etc. Within these dynamics, the student will develop concrete topical knowledge on issues such as, but not limited to, ethics and sustainability issues in international business, accelerated internationalisation, decision-making under risk and vulnerability, servitization and its impact on internationalisation, and resource composition capabilities, in order to gain deeper insights and enable them to define the topic for their Master’s thesis.

Learning objectives


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

  • the latest developments in international business thought and practices.
  • contested issues in internationalisation.
  • the transformation of the international business landscape and company responses to dynamic changes.


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

  • analysing and synthesising extant state-of-the-art knowledge on a concrete contemporary international business problem.
  • in being responsible for own learning and academic development within the module focal topics.
  • developing own conceptualisation using problem-based approach based on in-depth analysis and synthesis of theory and practice.


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

  • developing approaches to deal with the contemporary challenges of the world business environment to stimulate successful internationalisation.
  • developing own views on specific internationalisation problems.
  • creating viable solutions to current and foreseeable challenges of internationalisation.
  • applying and adjusting the developed solutions that can help internationalised firms deal with the volatile world business environment.

Type of instruction

The module topics will be delivered online.



Name of examContemporary Issues in International Business
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
Individual examination.
AssessmentPassed/Not Passed
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleAktuelle udfordringer inden for international business
Module codeKAINB20209
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Economics and Business Administration
Study BoardStudy Board of Economics and Business Administration
DepartmentAalborg University Business School
FacultyFaculty of Social Sciences and Humanities