International Business & Sustainable Development specialization

The MBA specialization International Business & Sustainable Development explores business issues facing international managers working both in developing and emerging economies. The specialization offers courses on

  • Sustainability in the Global Economy
  • Green & Inclusive Innovation
  • International Human Resource Management*
  • Fair Trade & Global Value Chains

Upon completion you will have the skills to manage in a global business environment. You will not only develop an insight into the challenges facing the contemporary international organization, but will also understand the challenges and opportunities in emerging markets.

*this course is not taught in the online specialization module for the Online MBA which consists of three courses: Sustainability of the Global Economy, Green & Inclusive Innovation, Fair Trade & Global Value Chains.

Sustainability in the Global Economy
No business can operate successfully today without understanding the interconnectivity of the global economy. This course will cover some of the major forces that are aff ecting the contemporary business environment, ranging from the repercussions of the 2009 fi nancial crisis and the role of the BRICs, as well as addressing of the UN sustainable development goals, the Rio +20 agenda and the needs of the circular economy.

Green & Inclusive Innovation
Innovation is a key driver providing managers with new market opportunities. This course gives you a contemporary perspective on innovation. It highlights the importance of green innovations that reduce environmental risks and ecological scarcities and which create solutions for sustainable development. Moreover, it provides a platform for developing inclusive innovation, showing how high performance products and services can be created for
bottom-of-the-pyramid consumers.

International Human Resource Management
No business functions without people, and being able to manage this essential resource effectively, is crucial to any business leader. International Human Resource Management focuses on activities such as recruitment, training and development, compensation as well as
performance appraisal. Moreover, the course gives you an insight into the importance of labor mobility in the global economy, with particular reference to how highly skilled immigration, refugees and migrants play an essential role in meeting today’s skills shortages.

Fair Trade & Global Value Chains
Understanding how value is added to goods as they move around the world, is essential for any global manager. In the course Fair Trade & Global Value Chains you will learn about sustainability in the global value chain, from raw materials to finished products. Furthermore, you will gain insight into the importance of industry clusters and governmental regulations that are engaged at each stage of the products’ development.

Supply Chain Management is an integral part of businesses and is essential to the success of a company and its customer satisfaction. Business success requires a perfect design, organization, control and planning of the supply chain. The Supply Chain Management MBA Specialization offers courses in

  • Supply Chain and Geography
  • Supply Chain Finance & Blockchain
  • Project Management
  • Sustainable Supply Chains of the Future

After completing this specialization you will have gained the necessary insights, knowledge and tools for effective global supply chain management. You will also understand the impact of future developments on the supply chain.

Supply Chain and Geography: Global Design and Strategic Localization
The global business environment offers firms the chance of allocating their value adding activities around the world in order to increase efficiency and lower costs. Foreign direct investment and the types of investment, as well as tax regimes and availability of production factors such as technology and labor are crucial when creating a global strategy. Should firms engage in offshoring or nearshoring, and what if they were to reshore their activities? This course will provide you with insights in how firms can maximize the effectiveness by developing a global supply chain.

Supply Chain Finance & the Blockchain
Cash is King, and the Supply Chain area is no exception to this. Working Capital Management is gaining lots of attention because of the clear links with suppliers, customers and inventories. This course investigates the area of Supply Chain Finance (SCF) and how for example developments like the Blockchain Technology (BCT) allows businesses to come together in partnerships and accelerate cash flows throughout the supply chain. BCT changes the way individuals and corporations exchange value and information over the Internet. The blockchain system with its distributed ledgers technologies could expedite the processes and lower the overall costs of financing programs, as well as reducing complexity and make data sharing more secure, accurate and efficient. The course will investigate these areas.

Project Management
The capacity to design and manage projects is a critical skill to access funding sources in the modern global economy. This is especially true in the cross-functional environment crossing company boundaries at the heart of the supply chain. Project managers are expected to have a broad understanding of project design and management related issues. They need to have a basic understanding of the criteria for initiating, planning, implementing and closing effective projects, and be multi-skilled in order to effectively tackle the challenges of private sector projects of today. This course provides the practical tools needed to be a successful project manager.

Sustainable Supply Chains of the Future
This course looks to the future, studying the changes taking place around us that will one day impact on the supply chain. The course looks at three areas for change. First innovation, where we look for example at the potential impact of automated transportation, artificial intelligence and the internet of things. Secondly, we consider economic and demographic patterns, observing changes in wealth and people and their behavior as citizens and as consumers, and how this will affect the positioning of supply chains in the future, embedded in the global geopolitical context. Finally, we consider the triple bottom line, how supply chains need to react to governmental and societal pressures to create more responsible organizations.