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Qualification Objectives

The module ‘Multinational Corporations and Corporate Control’ aims at introducing the students to multilayered causes and consequences of internationalization and globalization of business activity of enterprises. Besides a critical consideration of these causes and consequences, they should understand and discuss theoretical concepts that explain international business activity.


The module consists of two lectures:

Module „Multinational Corporations and Corporate Control“
Scope SWS
Scope LP (ECTS)
Theories of the multinational corporation
0833 L 822
Corporate Control
0833 L 8XX



Content of Teaching

Within the series of lectures ‘Theories of the multinational corporation’, initially there will be given an overview about the phenomenon of internationalization and globalization. Succeeding, theories of internationalization will be processed; the spectrum ranges from the theory of imperialism via macro- and regional economic as well as industry oriented approaches to company- transaction- and behavioral oriented theoretical approaches. In addition the lectures introduce the culture-related aspects of international management, discusses topics of ‘regionalization’ and ‘globalization’ and selected aspects like Ghemawats concept of ‘Semiglobalisation’ and Prahalads concept of ‘Bottom of the Pyramid’.


The lectures ‘Corporate Control’ pursues to questions like: What are suitable performance indicators to steer multinational enterprises? How can planning and budgeting of different business units and regions be synchronized? How can multinaltional enterprises identify and manage risk. What are examples of successful management systems of multinational firms?

Forms of Teaching

The course consists of lecture parts, workshops and presentations of external experts. Moreover, students will be working in groups, presenting their results in the plenary and participate in discussions with external experts.




The whole module is being offered in English. A general information lecture, where content and formal requirements of the course will be discussed, is offered at the beginning of each semester. Time and place will be published on the homepage of the subject area. Participation of the information lecture is recommended. A ‘Syllabus’ with extensive information on content and procedure of the course is provided for each of the lectures of ‘International Management’.

The Syllabi to the lectures can be found here.

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