Strategic alliances play a central role for the success of internationally operating firms and come in various shapes and forms. MNEs can partner with other firms, but also partner with a wide range of not-for-profit actors, such as government, NGOs or IGOs. Research shows that because of various differences between alliance partners, such alliances are difficult to manage and are thus often highly unstable. The objective of this course is to provide you with insights into the factors that are crucial to the success of strategic alliances.
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Upon successful completion of this course you will:
1. Become aware of the various types of strategic alliances that are available to internationally operating firms
2. Be able to recognize how particular characteristics of alliances affect their management and stability.
3. Develop the skills needed for solving the challenges faced by firms when considering the establishment and when managing strategic alliances
4. Improve communication skills necessary for effective (online) team work.
Regular attendance is a requirement to pass this course, you are not permitted to be absent for more than 20% of the total course time.
This course is comprised of lectures, in-class case analyses, a team research project, teamwork reflection, and an individual essay. This is a highly interactive course. Thus, students are expected to be fully engaged and participate in class discussions. The course is designed in such a way as to maximize your learning by balancing between lecture and your involvement in discussions, cases, and exercises. All course documents, assignments, lecture notes, etc. will be posted on the course website on Learn@WU.