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Business Administration - Strategy and Management in International Organisations

Course Description

Degree: Master of Science (120 credits) with a major in Business Administration

Teaching language: English

This master’s programme features three keywords: strategy, management and international. The two-year master’s programme in Business Administration Organisations (SMIO) focuses on topics in the discipline of Business Administration.

The programme’s overall purpose is to contribute to the education of a new generation of researchers and practitioners, who understand science and business as social phenomena.

After successfully completing the programme, students will be qualified to work with international companies and organisations due to having acquired good analytical skills and ability to think strategically.

This is a four semester programme and the fourth semester will be spent writing a master’s thesis.

Semester 1. An introduction to academic studies is followed by a course in Leadership and organisation. This course will take on the exploration/exploitation dilemma and explore it through the lenses of Leadership and Organisation. The second course, Contemporary Business Processes will introduce, develop, and strengthen your understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing businesses. Students also study Project Management in International Settings as projects constitute a major tool and organisational form for implementing and achieving the strategic goals of an organisation.

Semester 2. Advanced Consumer Marketing takes an integrative, advanced approach to consumer marketing. The course in Management Control Systems focuses on different methods for managing and providing information support for private and public organisations, while the third course, Perspectives on Human Resource Management (HRM) focuses on four different perspectives: HRM in project-based organisations, HRM in public and non-profit organisations, International HRM, and HRM as a trend in society.

Semester 3. Strategy - Classic and Contemporary Views is rooted in international business and corporate strategies. This course looks at different aspects of strategy and strategic issues. Project, People and Processes has two main components. The first part is a theoretical introduction and the second part focuses on the company as a knowledge-producing entity, and other related organisational structures and control mechanisms.

Semester 4. The Master’s thesis will, in combination with research methodology, further develop students’ knowledge and skills, and enhance the ability to solve problems independently and in a scholarly manner. The choice of subject and method will indicate that students have taken an international approach. The master’s theses are to be written in teams of two.

Visit the Business Administration - Strategy and Management in International Organisations page on the Linköping University website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

A Bachelor's degree in Business Administration or Economics with at least 90 credits (3 semesters of full-time study) in the subject of Business Administration is required. Each applicant must enclose a Letter of Intent, written in English by the applicant, comprising a motivation why the applicant wishes to follow the programme, and a summary of degree thesis/degree project. For those holding a degree that does not require such a degree thesis/degree project the Letter of Intent should describe previous studies and academic activities related to the Master's programme/es applied for. Documented knowledge of English.

Last Updated

28 February 2017

Course Fees

Citizens from within the EU/EEA and Switzerland: No tuition fees. All others: 110,000 SEK (approx. 16,100 USD/12,000) per academic year.

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