International Business & Management

Learn the nature and scope of management within international economic enterprises. Through contemporary studies about the awareness of major challenges facing future globalisation, you will learn to improve cultural sensitivity in a multicultural environment and develop skills of managing cultural differences so that international businesses can be effectively managed.

About This Programme

LengthYou can attend for 2, 4, 6, or 8 weeks. Each week, you can select a different course (see below).
Available DatesSummer Session 1: 07 July – 20 July 2019 (session full)
Summer Session 2: 21 July – 03 August 2019 (session full)
Summer Session 3: 04 August – 17 August 2019 (session full)
Summer Session 4: 18 August – 31 August 2019 (session full)
Lectures, Exams & CreditsDelegates will participate in one course per week. 

An assignment will be given during each course (one examination per week). Course examination results will be listed in your official academic transcript. The workload of Cambridge Summer Institute is designed to be equivalent to:

– 6 ECTS (3 US credits) per two-week session
– 12 ECTS (6 US credits) per four-week session

Magdalene College (University of Cambridge, UK) will award for each delegate who successfully graduates from the programme with a Certificate of Attendance and Achievement and an Academic Transcript.

The Academic Transcript will also be presented and will contain the following information:

– Courses attended and chosen lecture track
– Results of the weekly examinations
– Workload of each course

Full Board AccommodationSingle dormitory room with shared bathroom. Single ensuite room is available for additional 250 GBP each session. 

The accommodation fee includes breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday to Friday. On weekends only breakfast will be served.

PrerequisitesThis is an open enrolment course, we recommend applicants to have prior knowledge or strong interest in the subject/course they are enrolling in.
Additional InformationIn addition to lectures given, this course also includes various extra-curricular activities such as social events & leisure activities and excursions to famous places and historical landmarks.
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Course Details

  • Course Timetable
  • Overview
  • Course Descriptions
  • Course Faculty
* Academic Programme Particulars: Each session is comprised of two weeks of tuition.
* Delegates are welcome to participate in multiple sessions. Each week, students will participate in a course of their choice in their preferred track.
* Each track offers courses in one academic discipline.
* It is possible for delegates to choose a course that is not in their track.
* As the beginning of the programme nears, enrolled delegates will be asked to select their courses.
* Delegates will be assigned to courses, subject to availability. While we are able to allocate most students to their preferred courses, on some occasions students will be allocated their second choice.
* Delegates are welcome to extend their stay by participanting in multiple sessions either in Oxford or our sister-programme Summer Institute at Oriel College, Oxford.

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*Disclaimer* Changes to the course description, topics, programme structure, and schedules may occur due to the availability of faculty members at the actual time of the programme.

business-managementDuring this course, our delegates will learn about the nature and the scope of management of international economic enterprises. Through various contemporary studies about the awareness of major challenges facing the future globalization, delegates will be able to improve their cultural sensitivity in a multicultural environment, develop skills of managing cultural differences so that international businesses can be effectively managed.

This course is especially designed to educate our delegates who are interested to support the international strategy of an organization in the future.

1. Entrepreneurship

Evaluation, Creation, and Funding of new Ventures: Glamorised as an alternative career choice, entrepreneurs like Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Li Kashing are changing the world. As part of this course we will look at cases of success and failure to understand which competencies, skills, and tools are necessary to evaluate, create, and guide your own business, or to support an employer in launching and growing an entrepreneurial venture.

2. Game Theory

This course discusses political economics and international relations, considering why games matter. Delegates will study the main concepts of game theory and in-depth applications. Simultaneous and dynamic games will be covered, including the theoretical study of Nash equilibria of various forms, and experimental findings. Auctions in theory and practice and political economics, applying game theory in a setting of voting over the level of redistribution will also be explored.

3. Banking and Finance

This course will familiarise delegates with current trends and look deeper at individual practices, methods and financial instruments within the banking and finance sector Students will develop an understanding of today’s markets and the forces influencing growth and recession. By looking at case studies, students will be able to identify market trends and analyse problems emerging in the market place.

4. Business Strategy

Innovation, Organisation, and Markets: Successful entrepreneurs, leaders, and managers understand what innovation is and how it can be generated and managed to create sustained competitive advantage. During this course delegates will look at the interplay of innovation across individuals, organisations, and markets that change the nature of competition by destroying industries and creating new ones. The course will cover five critical aspects of innovation studies: What are the sources of innovation, types of innovation, how it occurs, differs, and diffuses. The course will also look at how innovative companies like Apple and Amazon create new markets.

5. Organisation of Multinational Corporations and Leadership

What is it like to lead and work in a multinational corporation? This course exposes delegates to the challenges and dilemmas that managers face in multinational corporations. Delegates will learn how multinationals are organised, and what unique opportunities and challenges today’s world offers to businesses operating across different geographical, cultural, and institutional borders. The course will move back and forth between a practical and a theoretical perspective including the analysis of different international cases and multinational companies such as Toyota, IBM, FedEx, or Google.

6. Business Model Development

This course will introduce delegates to a simple, robust model for developing and analysing new business proposals whether as part of entrepreneurial ventures or new lines of business within existing firms. Students will learn

• The centrality of the Value Proposition and different types of value
• The importance of elegant and functional design
• How to analyse a cost structure
• The different possible models of Revenue Generation
• How to build a business with partners and channel members
• How to critically evaluate competing business models


7. How Silicon Valley Works

This short course provides an overview of the business and technical topics necessary for understanding Silicon Valley. It will discuss how money, technology, and culture combine to make Silicon Valley a distinctively successful place for innovation. Students will learn:

• How start-ups are financed and managed
• Understand the distinct norms and values that drive start-ups
• Acquire an understanding of the technologies that underpin current Silicon Valley firms
• Become familiar with the cultural and social issues of Silicon Valley


8. Chinese Economics and Outbound Investment

China is the new economic powerhouse of the 21st century. Many international corporations are already creating a presence in Chinese markets, either by moving production to China to save costs or marketing their products to Chinese customers in major cities like Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. Consumer and luxury brands such as Volkswagen, Apple, Louis Vuitton and Prada are notable success stories. However Ebay, Mediamarkt, Best Buy and Google have not found the same ease at market entry. On the other hand Chinese entrepreneurship is developing rapidly and Chinese brands like Alibaba, Haier, Tsingdao Beer, Huawei, or even Lenovo are seeing considerable growth. This course will give delegates an overview of the various options to start doing business in China, present successful case studies of Chinese entrepreneurs, and analyse the successes and failures of international business in China.

9. International Trade

This course explores the interaction between national economies through the flow of imports and exports, multinational firms, the role and position of the WTO in the global economy, with an emphasis on the theoretical models of international trade, global production structures, and associated policies. This course consists of a number of 90-minute lectures, some of which will be devoted to discussions,classroom games, and discussions of assignments.

10. Human Resource Management, Innovations & Organization

Human Resource Management, usually referred to as HR, involves everything related to the employer-employee relationship and is about supporting and managing people and associated processes. It is seen as a core business function essential to the organisation’s effective operation and survival. Most larger organisations have their own designated HR department, which allows for organisation-specific innovations in the way people are being managed. This is an introductory Human Resource Management course that aims to provide an overview of key themes and innovations in HR. It is supplemented by real life examples and hands-on sessions relevant to future people managers.

11. Development the HR Pipeline: from the trainee to the CEO syllabus

This programme has been designed for undergraduate and Masters students of all disciplines, as well as early career professionals, who want to understand how the labour market is evolving and how organisations are adapting their HR strategies to remain competitive in a fast moving and ever-changing business environment. The module “Developing the HR Pipeline: from the trainee to the CEO” is an intensive and interactive week-long course designed in the format of lectures, seminars, group and individual presentations.

12. Business and Legal Communication

During this course, the delegates will learn about the economic risks that underlie in each deal, and the legal means that are used towards their mitigation. Through the analysis of actual deals, delegates will be able to improve their understanding of transactional risks, enhance their commercial awareness, and learn the fundamentals of business and law. Moreover, they will learn and develop their negotiation skills in an interactive and practice-oriented manner.


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