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Course module: 230245-M-6
Economic Foundations of Strategy, Organization and International Business (CentER)
Course info
Course module230245-M-6
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryMA (Master)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg School of Economics and Management; TiSEM: Management; TiSEM: Management;
Is part of
M Research Master in Business
dr. E. Golovko
Other course modules lecturer
dr. L.M.A. Mulotte
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2020
Starting block
SM 1
Course mode
RemarksCaution: this information is subject to change
Registration openfrom 25/08/2020 up to and including 20/08/2021
The course discusses the economic foundations of strategic management and  international business disciplines. The goal is to familiarize students with the main theoretical approaches in strategic management and  international business rooted in economic theory, and discuss their empirical applications. We also aim to guide students to the research frontier in selected topics, and let them explore open and interesting research questions, both theoretical and empirical, on their own.

Course format
Course load is  6 ECTS credits. Each 180 minute session consists of the presentation of academic papers by students, followed by the class discussion. Students are also expected to write a term paper, which should identify an interesting empirical research question and use course theories to address it.

The final grade consists of presentations, class discussions and weekly assignments (60%) and a term paper (40%). The minimum required grade to pass the course is 6.

All non-CentER students should ask formal permission from the Director of Graduate Studies in Business BEFORE the start of the course.
Please send your request for permission including grade list, CV and motivation letter to CentER Graduate School at Note that asking permission is not just a formality.
The course covers the theoretical foundations of strategy and international business rooted in economic theory. The course consists of interactive sessions, in which academic journal articles will be presented and discussed by students and the instructors. We will study the main economic theories that explain the existence, scale, and scope of firms, and performance differences across firms (transaction costs economics, property rights theory, agency theory, resource-based view of the firm, knowledge-based view of the firm, dynamic capabilities perspective). The  detailed schedule for the sessions is available on the course's  Canvas page.
Course available for exchange students
Research Master level, conditions apply
Contact person
dr. E. Golovko
Timetable information
Economic Foundations of Strategy, Organization and International Business (CentER)
Required materials
The course is fully based on the academic papers on each of the course topics. The reading list is published on the course's Canvas page. You will have to download the papers yourself using the library website.
Recommended materials
Weekly assignments (20%)

Final grade

Term paper (40%)

Presentation and class discussion (40%)

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