Alliances, Mergers and Networks


Course Objective

After successful completion of the course, students:

Academic and Research Skills:
• Develop an ability to identify and review relevant alliance, merger,
and network literatures, use analytical skills in building conceptual
models, and synthesize knowledge to conceptualize models and resolve
managerial challenges.

Knowledge of Theory + Methods and Solving Complex Problems:
• Possess an theoretical understanding of some of the most significant
challenges inherently connected to strategic alliances, mergers and
acquisitions, and networks.
• Are able to design, execute, and report on an empirical research
project, asking students to present an AMN case challenge, present
academic-based solutions, organize professional feedback, and to develop
meaningful (out-of-the-box) solutions.

Professional Social Skills:
• Are able to communicate their views with respect to AMN perspectives
and approaches, both verbally and through written reports (individual
and team-based).

Self-Reflective Professional:
• Have reflected upon themselves with regard to taking responsibility
for their own actions and his/her personal development.
• Have reflected upon their ability to enact critical thinking, creative
thinking, and independent thinking.

Course Content

The 'Alliances, Mergers, & Networks' familiarizes students with some of
the most significant challenges companies have to overcome in order to
successfully manage their strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions,
and networks. The course encourages an even-handed appreciation of
various theoretical perspectives addressing tensions and opportunities
inherently connected to business-to-business relationships. In addition,
students are challenged to ‘translate’ academic know-what into
managerially relevant know-how.

In particular, after following the course students have an advanced
understanding of (1) the formation, management, and performance of
strategic alliances, (2) the forging, integration, and performance of
mergers and acquisitions, and (3) the embeddedness of these
relationships in broader networks of interfirm ties. The purpose of the
course is not only to introduce the students to some of the most
fundamental issues in research on alliances, mergers and acquisitions,
and networks, but also to (4) allow students to apply the gained
knowledge to real-life business situations. In doing, so they will be
stimulated to enhance (5) individual professional and team collaboration

Teaching Methods

Lectures and tutorials. During the lectures, theory will be explained
and illustrated with actual examples. Throughout the tutorials, the
case report depicts the main focus. Students discuss
their progress through peer-review and in the form of written reports
and/or oral presentations.

Method of Assessment

Written exam: Individual assessment
Professional reflection: Individual assessment
Case report: Group assessment

Entry Requirements

Strategic management, organization theory


- Tjemkes, Vos, and Burgers (2017), 2nd edition, Strategic Alliance
Management.Abingdon, Routledge.
- Selection of articles

Target Audience

The AMN course is open to students participating in one of the business
administration Master programs. If in doubt, contact course coordinator.

General Information

Course Code E_BA_AMN
Credits 6 EC
Period P2
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty School of Business and Economics
Course Coordinator dr. B.V. Tjemkes
Examiner dr. B.V. Tjemkes
Teaching Staff dr. B.V. Tjemkes
dr. H. Weng

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Seminar, Lecture
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