International Entrepreneurship


Course Objective

The course aims to deepen students’ understanding of theories, concepts,
and methods in the field of IE. Students will learn to recognize,
analyze, and evaluate critical challenges during a firm’s
entrepreneurial internationalization. Completing this course enables
students to:

Have thorough knowledge of relevant theory and methods, and an
evidence-based approach to solving complex business problems:
- Students show a critical mastery of core IE theory and quantitative
and qualitative methods, and of state-of-the-art thinking about the
discipline (e.g., by defining IE and understanding the field’s focal
concepts and theories or by understanding the antecedents, consequences,
and boundary conditions of IE strategies as well as by knowing research
methods in IE)
- Students design substantiated solutions to complex practical problems
and find opportunities to formulate innovative ideas based on
appropriate theories, methods, and techniques commonly used in the field
of IE (e.g., by analyzing strategic decisions of entrepreneurial
internationalizers or by critically evaluating IE research)

Have the professional and social skills to interact with other
- Students demonstrate excellent social and communication skills both
orally and in writing in multi-stakeholder contexts (e.g., students can
discuss IE management topics as well as methodological issues in IE
research knowledgeably).

Course Content

Located at the intersection between International Business and
Entrepreneurship, International Entrepreneurship (IE) focuses on firms
which cross national borders in an innovative, proactive, and
risk-seeking fashion to create value. A major focus of IE is on new
ventures internationalizing rapidly and proactively shortly after their
inception. However, the full scope of IE is broader and includes firms’
entrepreneurial internationalization irrespective of their size and age.

The course is organized around the seminal articles in International
Entrepreneurship (IE) research dealing with the antecedents,
consequences, and boundary conditions of entrepreneurial
internationalization. The course addresses core concepts such as born
globals and topics such as resources (particularly knowledge), networks,
learning, or institutional challenges in IE and investigates also the
outcomes of entrepreneurial internationalization. The course has a focus
on young and/or knowledge-intense firms. Throughout the course, we pay
attention to how researchers study IE. The tutorials foster the
practical application of the lecture content in the form of
presentations and a real-life​ case study.

Teaching Methods


Method of Assessment

Written final exam


Selected articles

General Information

Course Code E_BA_INTE
Credits 6 EC
Period P2
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty School of Business and Economics
Course Coordinator dr. F.B. Zapkau
Examiner X. Liang
Teaching Staff dr. F.B. Zapkau
X. Liang

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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