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International Business Cases

International Business Cases

Code: IBU8LF001
Extent: 3 ECTS (81 h)
Semester: Offered in fall and spring
Language: English
Level: Professional studies
Type: Free-choice studies


Students participating in the course should have completed their compulsory studies at the time of enrollment, that is, around the 4th semester (of 7 in total).

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, the student

  • learns to profile and professionalize his/her skills and competences to prepare for entry into the Finnish job market.
  • becomes acquainted with a wide spectrum of businesses in Finland, including their practices and operational concerns. There is a special emphasis on SMEs, which although highly important to the overall Finnish economy, tend to be overlooked in business studies.
  • is challenged to develop and market themselves as candidates for possible work placement because they are in direct contact with real employers.
  • is provided with a wealth of opportunities for thesis research or project work as current business know-ledge and topics are shared directly and firsthand with students by company representatives in the course
  • has enhanced his/her HH3S competences as applicable to the course.

Course contents

In general, international students represent a group that has particularly faced great difficulty in finding work placement in Finland, not to mention employment. The idea behind the course is to create a space for US- and Finland-based SMEs and international students to interact in order to open up possibilities for mutual benefit. To this end, the course aims to achieve the following:

  • To create a database of international students studying in a HH degree program highlighting skills and competences of value to the corporate partners.
  • In order to bolster the skills and competences of students, they will receive training in how to professionally market themselves and create comprehensive CVs and portfolios.
  • Therefore, the database serves as a kind of talent pool for the SMEs, who can benefit from the students’ abilities to conduct various research projects that cannot be met in-house.
  • The course provides a concrete place for company representatives to share timely knowledge and expertise directly with students, linking them firsthand with the burgeoning international student community and the enormous potential they offer.
  • Students are exposed to current topics and real cases in business by SME representatives, which offer possibilities for work placement and thesis research topics.
  • The cases presented by guest lecturers from corporate partner SMEs are recorded by course participants and converted into case studies, which is the prime emphasis of the course. As a result, this course will serve as a case study generator, whose case studies would have numerous applications throughout HH and eventually also bring value to the companies in the form of solutions students provide in their research (e.g., case studies used as the basis for theses).

Cooperation with the business community

The driving idea behind the course is to structure the content around what corporate partners offer in the form of potential case studies. The intention is to highlight US subsidiaries operating in Finland and/or Finnish companies with a presence in the United States.

International dimension

The majority of the course content is international.

Teaching and learning methods

Guest lecturer
Contact lessons
Case study
Professional CVs and portfolios
The assessment of one’s own learning 1 h

Accreditation of prior learning

Not applicable.

Teachers with the main responsibility for the course

Kevin Gore
Gerard Danford

Course materials

Provided by the instructors.

Assessment criteria

Grade/Learning Outcomes

1 (Min. 40%
competence level)
3 (Min. 70%
competence level)
5 (Min. 90%
competence level)
Knowledge The student has a basic understanding of how to transfer practical real-life information into concepts for future research. He/she knows basic theoretical concepts which could be applied to specific internationalization challenges being faced. The student has a good understanding of how to transfer practical real-life information into concepts for future research. He/she knows well the theoretical concepts which could be applied to specific internationalization challenges being faced by a company on international markets. The student has an advanced level of understanding for the process of observing real-life business challenges and relating these in a useful way to conceptual models which can support business decision making in international business.  He/she has an advanced understanding of the process and methods for transferring the above to solve practical business challenges being faced.
Skills The student is able to produce a basic video CV and in that CV achieves a reasonable level of clarity and focus. He/she produces a traditional CV of adequate value, and  writes a memo’s which summarize basic issues and content of presentations. The student has good skills to produce a video CV which could be used in the job market, and write a CV which clearly highlights the candidate’s skills and competencies in a professional way and strengthens the candidates standing in the employment market. He/she is able to produce memos which capture the essence of meetings content and is organized in an understandable and logical way. The student has an advanced skills to produce a high quality video CV which could be used with effect in any job seeking situation. He/she is able to produce a high quality video CV which focuses directly on the candidates professional competencies and skills and supports his/her job prospects along with distinguishing the candidate from others. His/her skills to produce very high standard memos which exhibit; structural, style and content are excellent.   
Competence The student is able to formulate basic research questions   and be able to link these with basic theoretical concepts, although requiring direction from the instructor. The student shows poor service and sales orientation as required by the HH3S policy. The student is able to formulate and demonstrate understanding of research questions and can furthermore demonstrate and defend the link between the research question and theoretical concepts employed. The student shows good service and sales orientation as required by the HH3S policy. The student has developed a high level of competence in formulating research questions which have significant relevance to a specific business context. His/her strong argumentation and justification can be put forward for the above. The student can demonstrate an ability to independently arrive at the above without any/little guidance. The student shows excellent service and sales orientation as required by the HH3S policy.  

Modes of assessment and their weights

Assignments 85%
Attendance 15%

The assessment of one's own learning does not influence the course grade. The assignment is the same for all courses/modules and the answers will also be used for course/module development. The assignment is completed on an E-form.