1699 SME - Course 3: Internationalization & FOREX Management
Assoz.Prof. PD Dr. Jakob Müllner
Contact details
Weekly hours
Language of instruction
09/08/21 to 09/14/21
Registration via LPIS
Notes to the course
Day Date Time Room
Wednesday 10/06/21 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM TC.3.08
Wednesday 10/13/21 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM Online-Einheit
Wednesday 10/20/21 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM Online-Einheit
Wednesday 11/03/21 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM TC.3.08
Wednesday 11/10/21 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM Online-Einheit
Wednesday 11/17/21 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM Online-Einheit
Wednesday 11/24/21 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM Online-Einheit
Wednesday 12/01/21 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM Online-Einheit

Just like large multinational corporations, SMEs venturing in international markets face liability of foreignness. Unlike MNEs, however, SMEs are less diversified, dispose of fewer resources and commonly have less knowledge about foreign markets. Hence, the liability of foreignness is exacerbated by, what could be referred to as “liability of smallness”.

To overcome these liabilities, internationalizing SMEs require a clear strategy and professional risk management. These country-related risks include, but are not limited to credit risk, political risk and socio-cultural risks. Most importantly, SMEs internationalizing into foreign markets face exchange rate risks. Despite disproportional exposure to exchange rate risks, “Many SMEs fail to grasp foreign exchange risk. (Bolshaw, 2013)”. In a study conducted by Giambona et al. (2018), 48% of non-financial firms rate foreign exchange risk as the most important or a material risk in international business.

The course covers SMEs’ risks in internationalization with particular focus on the financial and strategic management of exchange rate risks. This course is designed to teach students (a) the theoretical frameworks necessary to understand exchange rates' effects on firms (b) familiarize them with internal, contractual, external and strategic hedging instruments and (c) systematically reflect on the challenges of SMEs operating in multiple currency areas.In addition to these traditional treasury strategies, the course includes an extensive discussion of organizational issues in SME risk management and long-term strategic remedies for reducing the risks of internationalization.

Learning outcomes

During the course, students

  • acquire a fundamental understanding of exchange rate determination and forecasting on a macro-economic level
  • are familiar with exchange rate quotation customs
  • have a detailed understanding of different exchange rate exposure concepts (book exposure, transaction exposure and economic exposure)
  • can analyze the corporate hedging process in SMEs from a theoretical perspective
  • can implement simple internal and contractual strategies to mitigate foreign exchange risks in SMEs
  • can calculate and implement more complex external hedging strategies (forwards, futures, options)
Attendance requirements

Students must attend all mandatory sessions & online components.

Teaching/learning method(s)

          The course combines several learning components:
             o Online video lectures
             o Online learning assignments after each class.
             o Bloomberg Course
             o Online final exam 
             o Group assignment (Wiki Project)


· Online learning assignments                                                 30 %                 

· Bloomberg (Currencies, Commodities, Equity options)         20 %                

· Final exam (individual):                                                          50 %                           

Prerequisites for participation and waiting lists

Registration follows LPIS system and the "Waiting List" System.


Recommended previous knowledge and skills

Preliminary understanding of financial markets is beneficial.

Availability of lecturer(s)

Open office hours:

Tuesday 10:00 - 11:00 (D1 3rd floor) - please register via e-mail

Tel: +43-1-31336-4374



Bloomberg Education: 
Class Code: NGK9CDBJS6

For more detailed instructions go to Session 1 -> Bloomberg Registration. You will find a PDF file with all of the steps. 

Last edited: 2021-11-23