THE INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT STUDY PROGRAMME

Business principles in an international context

The Master’s specialization International Management (IM) is one of the tracks available within our one-year Master’s in Business Administration. The programme as a whole will provide you with exceptional, in-depth instruction and practical experience in applying the principles of business administration. This specialization will help you become an academically grounded business leader with cutting-edge expertise in the growing complexities of doing business in a globalized world.

In-depth expertise and marketable skills

You will gain unique expertise in international entrepreneurship, change management and consulting, international business development, international strategizing, global talent management and global supply chain management. You will also be introduced to strategic forecasting, which means you will learn to reliably assess the future position of a business organization.  

The marketable skills you will gain include:

  • Leading successful change projects in cross-cultural settings
  • Designing strategies and business models for companies entering new markets
  • Designing strategic plans for global talent management in multinationals
  • Managing and implementing global sourcing in changeable markets

The one-year IM track is part of the UT’s English-taught, full-time Master’s programme Business Administration. On completing this programme, you may call yourself Master of Science (MSc).

IM COURSES

The Business Administration Master’s at the University of Twente is worth a total of 60 ECs. In addition to the three core courses in Business Administration (15 ECs), the specialization in International Management consists of a number of compulsory and elective courses (20 ECs) and a Master’s thesis (25 ECs).

Please note that the electives and profiles can be subject to change. Be sure to consult our website regularly to get the latest course information.

Compulsory courses

  • Entrepreneurial Leadership & Responsible Organizational Design
  • Qualitative Methods in Business Research
  • Quantitative and Design Methods in Business Research
  • Business Valuation & Corporate Governance
  • Master’s thesis

Electives

For the IM specialization, you can choose three of the following five electives:

Change Management and Consulting in a Global Context

Change Management is a relatively new interdisciplinary area that focuses on how to instigate and achieve productive change among individuals and groups within organizations. In today’s shifting corporate landscape, the ability to manage change is vital for every business leader. In this course, you will move beyond a basic understanding of the topic, gaining in-depth scientific and practical insights into the principles, practices and tools involved in meaningful socio-organizational change. You will familiarize yourself with the processes of coaching, consulting, projects and leadership. You will also study the dynamics of change within teams and departments, as well as the conditions for successful change within these units. Other key topics include business re-engineering, culture change, restructuring, re-organization, IT-based process change, change participation, resistance to change, strategy change, M&As (mergers and acquisitions), and the increasingly popular self-managed work groups. You will learn to apply your knowledge during plenary discussions, using the Harvard Business School Case Method, write and present a creative group paper on a relevant topic, participate in an Insights Discovery workshop aimed at helping you to understand yourself and others, and reflect on various aspects of your group project, including your own behavioural preferences and the unique team dynamics that facilitated or inhibited effective collaboration. All of this will equip you to effectively manage and consult on (international) organizational and team-level change.

Learn more about this course in our course database.

Global Sourcing and Organization

This course will equip you with valuable knowledge of global sourcing and the global organization of purchasing and supply management within an international company.  In most companies, organizing the purchasing and supply department is the responsibility of the Chief Purchasing Officer, the CPO – a role for which this elective course offers excellent preparation. Purchasing is one of the most rapidly globalizing business functions. That is why coordinating global sourcing efforts is often assigned to the company’s management. In this course, you will also come to understand the opportunities and risks involved and become equipped to help companies effectively organize this vital aspect of their business.

Learn more about this course in our course database.

Global Strategy and Business Development

This course draws on the basics of a business model and its usefulness for a company in today’s rapidly changing markets and global contexts to map consequences for strategy and business development. Following the structure of a business model, the topics include Customer Value Analysis, Customer Relationships, Value Proposition, Capabilities, Resources, and Activities. We will discuss the roles of partnerships, such as strategic alliances and joint ventures, and focus on the competitive aspect of strategy development and its implications for business models. Throughout the course, you will learn to see how different parts of a business model relate to each other, and how any change in one part may create opportunities and challenges for strategic change and business development. You will gain hands-on experience by working on cases for companies challenged with strategic, marketing and business development problems. Together with other students, you will systematically analyse these cases based on the business model, and drawing out the implications for strategic change and business development. You will also learn to probe the future of a business by using strategic foresight techniques – and to develop strong business models in order to make the future happen.

Learn more about this course in our course database.

Global Talent Management

In this course – the only one of its kind in the Netherlands – you will learn how to identify, attract, develop and retain talented employees in arenas that are becoming increasingly competitive and international. Drawing on case studies from real-world multinational corporations (MNCs), you will learn to design a strategic plan for global talent management (GTM). This will also help you position yourself on the demanding modern labour market. Throughout the course, we will discuss various GTM challenges faced by MNCs, like Philips or Dow Chemical. These challenges include defining talent and deciding which talent management practices to use in order to achieve corporate goals. We will also look at topics such as expatriation and cross-border teams. Because GTM often comes with tensions between global talent management standards and their local integration, we will discuss various theoretical perspectives on the allocation of responsibilities and roles to talent managers – both at corporate headquarters and subsidiary offices. In addition to these theoretical explorations, we invite guest speakers from MNCs to share their experiences in managing talent in an international arena. You will also engage in a real-life consultancy project at an MNC, while getting familiar with the latest works of the leading thinkers in GTM, such as Professor Schuller of Rutgers University in the United States, or Professor Brewster of Henley Business School and Professor Collins of the University of Central Lancashire, in the United Kingdom.

Learn more about this course in our course database.

International Entrepreneurship

International New Technology-Based Ventures (INTBVs) are an exciting place to work. An INTBV is a start-up launched by one person, or a team, often at a (tech) university or from within an established company. On top of the usual challenges of starting a business, entrepreneurs in INTBVs face the additional uncertainties of often complex and dynamic technological and regulatory environments, liability and outsidership. In this elective, you will come to understand the origins, processes, challenges, technological environment, and results typical of INTBVs. As the field of study is rapidly evolving, your front-line, science-based knowledge will equip you to contribute in a meaningful way. On the practical side, you will interact with tech entrepreneurs, comparing theory with practice. The track covers vital INTBV-related topics, including Born Globals, International Opportunity Recognition International Networks, Product-Market Selection, International Market Selection, and Entry Mode Selection.

Learn more about this course in our course database.

Please note that the electives and profiles can be subject to change. Be sure to consult our website regularly to get the latest course information.

EXAMPLES OF IM GRADUATION PROJECTS

Choosing a topic for your graduation project, or Master’s thesis, can be a good way to pursue your personal interests and to prepare yourself for the career path you have in mind. Many students tap into our cutting-edge research programmes, while we also offer plenty of room for you to propose an idea of your own and to align that with ongoing research at the faculty.

Some examples of graduation projects:

  • Leadership styles, behaviours and values required in change processes involving Lean, Agile and continuous improvement methods, in various countries, including Brazil, Japan and the Netherlands
  • Bottom-up strategy development and leadership styles at Heineken International
  • Improving patient safety in Irish and Dutch hospitals by raising psychological safety in healthcare teams
  • Cross-cultural comparison of the drivers for speaking up on the work-floor by Irish and Dutch professionals
  • New market research in Kazakhstan for a courier service
  • Internationalization strategy for a Canada-based company
  • Collaboration among Dutch Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) targeting the Serbian market
  • Improving employee well-being in the European community
  • Innovative work practices in various Singaporean organizations
  • Improving the Japanese educational system by implementing a Danish school system
  • Emotional intelligence of managers for successful radical Industry 4.0 transformations: comparing managers in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands
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