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Management of International Business and Trade (MSc Business Administration)

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Management of International Business and Trade is a new track in the Msc Business Administration. The track is jointly offered by the Amsterdam Business School and Amsterdam School of Economics. This means you will learn to look at international trade and global business from both a business and economics perspective.

Develop international management and policy solutions

Globalisation has changed the international business environment. This requires business executives and policy makers to manage and analyse a world where economic integration and national boundaries are increasingly significant.  

In the new Management of International Business and Trade track you will learn to understand the complexity of today’s trade and business environment, from both a business and an economics approach. You investigate the challenges of international business and trade relations from a managerial and analytical perspective. Identifying global economic structures and analysing strategic issues that drive international trade and global business are part of the programme.

Experienced team of lecturers 

The programme draws on lecturers and researchers from both the Amsterdam Business School and the Amsterdam School of Economics. Many of the instructors have practitioner experience in their fields. Consequently, in this academic programme we will discuss theories from both the management and policy perspectives. You will be challenged to apply the material of this track through links to contemporary cases and developments.

More about the track Management of International Business and Trade

'In the new track We're bringing expertise from both the Business School and the School of Economics.' Track coordinator Markus Paukku tells you all about this one year programme in de video.

Track-specific courses Amsterdam Business School

Apart from the general courses of the full programme, you will follow 6 track-specific courses; 3 at the Amsterdam Business School and 3 at the Amsterdam School of Economics.

  • Theories of International Business

    Explore the basic concepts of international business. Learn about the IB environment, foreign direct investment, global governance, and home and host countries' influence on stakeholders at home and abroad. Become familiar with the increasingly multifaceted and interdependent nature of IB.
    Specific topics include:

    • conceptualisation of IB and MNE;
    • IB environment, global and regional integration processes;
    • strategies and methods of foreign market entry;
    • role of distance, influence of home and host countries on IB;
    • new typologies of international and emerging market firms.
  • International Business Context

    Explore core topics in IB and corporate governance further. In their strategic choices, firms must consider cultural, institutional and regulatory factors. Some of the questions you will research and discuss are: what are the main contextual factors that influence strategic choices? How do nations differ in terms of their (in)formal institutions and national business systems? What are the IB cross-country cultural models? How is corporate governance practiced in different countries?

  • International Strategy

    Although MNEs like Toyota, IBM and Nestlé are extremely successful in their international operations, foreign ventures often flop, like Wal-Mart in Germany. In this course, you examine the challenges that managers face in identifying strategies and tools to help their companies be successful abroad. Examples of questions you will address include: why do firms become multinational? How do they select host countries? What strategies can they follow to manage foreign operations?

Track-specific courses Amsterdam School of Economics

  • Theory and Practice of International Trade

    This course brings you a thorough analysis of the modern theory concerning international trade and movements towards regional trade integration. You will receive a quick refresher of the major classical and neoclassical trade theories, insights on trade policy and a survey of the present state of the world economy.

  • International Business and finance

    In this course you will study advanced topics in international financial and monetary relations. Such as:

    • modern exchange rate theories including target zone models and speculative attack models;
    • recent currency crises and ways to prevent them;
    • exchange rate policies;
    • international capital mobility, capital flight, management of and capital controls;
    • the international spill-overs of unconventional monetary policy and the induced portfolio rebalancing.
  • Taxation of Multinational Firms

    In this course you will develop an understanding of the global taxation practices and strategies of multinational enterprises. The course will address the policy and management implications of taxation policies at the national and supranational level.

Real-life case: Trade Wars and international business

Discuss how current trade conflicts such as the those between the US, China, and Europe are impacting international trade. Understand how business leaders are coping and strategising in the face of this uncertainty. For example, one of the most popular cars imported to China is a BMW. This German car, built in the USA,now faces significant tariffs in a key market. How can we understand the impact of the US-China trade war on European companies and their strategies?

Contemporary issues

The management of new business strategies and the development of new trade rules will impact the future of technologies critical to economies, such as 5G, as well as nationally important sectors ranging from COVID-19 medical research to the renewal of the automotive sector. Future managers and policymakers must develop an understanding of international business and trade in a world where on-going global economic integration is increasingly challenged by protectionism.

Career prospects

Graduates of the Master's in Business Administration / Managing International Business and Trade are well-positioned for jobs in managerial, consultancy, and strategy positions in international companies, as well as expert and policy positions in national and international organisations.

  • Multinational companies (Heineken, Shell, Unilever) 
  • Consultancies (Deloitte, KPMG, PWC) 
  • Government institutions 
Facts & Figures
Degree programme MSc
Type Regular study programme
Mode Full-time
Credits 60 ECTS, 12 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
CROHO code 60644