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International Business Masterclasses

The Henley International Business Masterclasses are an initiative developed in the International Business and Strategy unit at Henley Business School. The masterclasses are delivered in two sets each academic year, in the Autumn and Spring session. The Autumn session 2021/2022 will consist of two masterclasses which will be taught in hybrid mode on 1-5 November 2021. Participants are encouraged to attend in person to benefit from face-to-face interactions, but the Masterclasses can also be attended remotely. See the specific delivery mode for each Masterclass below. The masterclasses are offered to PhD students and post-doctoral researchers.

Autumn term Masterclasses 2021/2022 Application process

Participants can either attend as formally enrolled students or as non-enrolled attendees. The first option will provide formal recognition in the form of credits. Participants will be awarded 10 credits per module, an equivalent of 5 ECTS credits, upon the positive evaluation of coursework and payment of a tuition fee (£230 for Home and £460 for International students per module). The second option is free of tuition charges and will be non-credit bearing (participants will only receive a certificate of attendance).

To apply for the masterclasses in Spring 2020/2021, please complete an online application form, and email the following supporting documents to Jana Oslejova:

  • a CV
  • an academic reference supporting the application

Scholarship

Thanks to the generosity of the Alan Rugman memorial fund, we are able to offer some funding support for the PhD students and postdoctoral scholars. The fund contributes towards costs of travel and accommodation for the duration of the masterclasses.

The recipients of the scholarships are selected via a formal process with nominations coming from PhD supervisors or other academic referees. Each applicant for a scholarship needs to complete an application form, the following supporting documents to Jana Oslejova:

  • a CV
  • an academic letter of nomination

Masterclass applicants should note the number of scholarships is limited and we strongly encourage everyone to seek their own sources of funding from their institution or government.

The application deadline for the Autumn term 2021/2022 Masterclasses is 30 September 2021.

Autumn Term Masterclass Modules overview:

This course provides a state-of-the-art account of how economic principles are used to gain insight into international business issues.

  • It examines the trade-offs that underlie key strategic decisions such as foreign market entry, outsourcing, offshoring, location of headquarters, and investment in R&D. It links firm-level analysis to industry-level analysis.
  • It shows how changes in strategy are driven by changes in the global business environment caused by globalization, privatization and market regulation
  • It explains what is involved in ‘thinking like an economist’, and show how to ‘decode’ technical literature that would otherwise be hard to understand.
  • It demonstrates the advantages of taking a long-term global perspective on international business, based on a thorough appreciation of historical evolution, geographical context, and the impact of social and political processes.

This course is intended for doctoral and post-doctoral researchers who have open minds and intellectual curiosity; no prior knowledge of economic theory is assumed. The course will help researchers to make full use of economic concepts in planning and executing their research projects.

The course will be taught both online and face-to-face. For all participants, there will be eight pre-recorded 50-minute lectures. They will be available from October 25, 2021.

While the core syllabus is fixed, there is scope for incorporating additional material on special topics at the request of individual participants. These requests can be made either before or during the course. Course participants are encouraged to participate in discussions, but they will not be required to make formal presentations.

For those attending in person, there will be eight face-to-face lectures and two face-to-face open discussion sessions. These will be held on 1-3 November. For those attending remotely, there will be four 50-minute seminars that will be conducted live through Teams. These will be held on 8 November. See the syllabus for more details.

Applicants are kindly asked to indicate their preferred mode of attendance during the application process.

For more information on the contents and structure of this Masterclass, please View Syllabus Here

The course will be taught in hybrid mode from 3-5 November 2021. Participants are encouraged to attend in person to benefit from face-to-face interactions, but in case this was not possible, these sessions can be attended remotely.

Applicants are kindly asked to indicate their preferred mode of attendance during the application process.

This module will feature two guest speakers

Sjoerd Beugeldjik, University of Groningen
Christian Geisler Asmussen, King’s College London

The main text for these masterclasses will be:
Verbeke and I.H. Ian Lee (2021) International Business Strategy. Rethinking the Foundations of Global Corporate Success, Cambridge University Press.

For more information on the contents and structure of this Masterclass, please View Syllabus here