2274 Digitalization and Globalization
Xinli Huang, Ph.D.
Contact details
Weekly hours
Language of instruction
09/09/22 to 09/13/22
Registration via LPIS
Notes to the course
Day Date Time Room
Monday 10/10/22 08:30 AM - 11:30 AM TC.4.15
Monday 10/17/22 08:30 AM - 11:30 AM TC.4.15
Monday 10/24/22 08:30 AM - 11:30 AM TC.4.15
Monday 10/31/22 08:30 AM - 11:30 AM TC.4.15
Monday 11/07/22 08:30 AM - 11:30 AM TC.4.15
Monday 11/14/22 08:30 AM - 11:30 AM TC.4.15
Monday 11/21/22 08:30 AM - 11:30 AM TC.4.15
Monday 11/28/22 08:30 AM - 11:30 AM TC.4.15


The goal of this seminar is to examine globalization in the trend of digitalization and the relationship between digitalization and multinational enterprises (MNEs)  in more detail. Grounding on several critical theoretical perspectives on the topic, this seminar will examine how globalization has been reformulated by digitalization. We will also cover several cutting-edge trends in the business world, such as Industry 4.0, platforms, big data, blockchains, etc.

The seminar will kick off with an introduction to the topic and the recent literature. Students will work on case studies on various aspects of the topic and present the results in the seminar.

Learning outcomes

This course will help students to understand better globalization in the trend of digitalization by knowing what digitalization is, how it changes the way of globalization, what international business theories can explain the new phenomenon brought by digitalization, and how firms can react to the trend of digitalization in globalization, etc. They will obtain knowledge by applying recent theoretical concepts to real-life cases.

Attendance requirements

As this is a highly interactive class, it is important that you are well prepared and present for all sessions.

The course is scheduled to take place in person at WU and full attendance is compulsory. You may miss one session, but be aware that class participation makes up a considerable stake of your final grade and, therefore, an absence will affect your grading. If you miss more than one session, you will be deregistered from the course.

There are no compensatory tasks / submissions, except in the case of (documented) illness.

Teaching/learning method(s)

Case Studies

Research exercises

Written assignments

Group work

In-class exercises

Learning materials accompanied by training, videos, and presentations


20% In-class Participation
40% Presentation
40% Written case study

Final grading

≥ 90%...1

≥ 80%...2

≥ 70%...3

≥ 60%...4

< 60%...5


Last edited: 2022-05-01