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Grazia Santangelo 
(GS) - Department of Strategy and Innovation, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
     Grazia D. Santangelo is Professor of Strategic and International Management at Copenhagen Business School and Visiting Professor at Henley Business School (UK). She earned her Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Reading (UK). Before joining Copenhagen Business School, she held a Jean Monnet Chair in International Business for European Union at the University of Catania (Italy). She currently holds a part-time professorial appointment at the University of Catania (Italy). She researches across the fields of international business, global strategy, and innovation management. She has studied the evolution of firms’ internationalization process and how firms strategize on their intangibles, such as knowledge and reputation, across borders. More recently, she has researched MNEs and Grand Challenges related to food security, human rights and labor standards, among others. Her research has been published in leading academic journals, such as Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Economic Geography and Research Policy, and recognized by international awards. She is the co-editor of Global Strategy Journal. Prior to that, she served as Reviewing Editor of Journal of International Business Studies. She is a member of the Editorial Review Board of Academy of Management Review, Journal of Management Studies, and Journal of World Business. She acted as Associate Editor of Journal of International Management and Industry and Innovation. She is a Fellow of the Academy of International Business and the European International Business Academy. She is an elected member of the Executive Committee of the Academy of Management International Management Division. She served as Chair of the Research Committee of the Division, representative-at-large of the Global Strategy Interest Group of the Strategic Management Society and former President of the European International Business Academy.


Christian Geisler Asmussen (CGA) - Department of Strategy and Innovation, CBS, Denmark
     Christian Geisler Asmussen received his PhD from Copenhagen Business School in 2007 and is currently a Professor of Strategic and International Management at the Department of Strategy and Innovation. Drawing on formal modelling, game theory, and theories of the firm, his research revolves around competitive advantage, globalization, and the organization of multinational companies. His current research interests include foreign location choices and global corporate social responsibility. His work has been awarded numerous prizes from the Danish and international research communities, including the Barry M. Richman best dissertation award, the Haynes Prize, the Tietgen Prize, and the JIBS Decade Award.

Dana Minbaeva (DM) - King’s College London, UK and Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
     Dana Minbaeva is a Professor of Human Resource Management at King's Business School, King’s College of London, UK. She also has a part-time appointment at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. Professor Minbaeva published over 70 articles in international peer reviewed journals, numerous book chapters and reports. Her research on strategic and international HRM has appeared in such top international journals as Academy of Management Review, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management Studies, Human Resource Management, and many others. Professor Minbaeva is the Fellow of the Academy of International Business (AIB). She received several national and international awards to research achievements, including the prestigious JIBS Decade Award 2013. Currently, Professor Minbaeva serves as an Associate Editor of the Academy of Management Review.

Michael Mol (MM) - Department of Strategy and Innovation, CBS, Denmark
     Dr. Michael J. Mol is a Professor of Strategic and International Management in the Department of Strategy and Innovation at Copenhagen Business School. He obtained his PhD in Strategic and International Management from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam, where he also got an MSc degree with double majors in strategy and logistics. Michael further holds a CEMS Master Degree. Prior to joining CBS Michael was a Professor in and Head of the Strategy and International Business Department at Warwick Business School. In the United Kingdom he also worked at London Business School and Henley Business School. Michael is a Dutch national and has worked, studied or been an official visiting scholar at eleven universities in six countries, including the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He currently holds a part-time professorial appointment at Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham (UK).

Torben Pedersen (TP) - Department of Strategy and Innovation, CBS, Denmark
     Torben Pedersen is professor of International Business at Copenhagen Business School. His research interests is in the interface between strategy and international management and he has published over 100 articles and books concerning the managerial and strategic aspects of globalization. His research has appeared in prominent journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management Studies and Organization Science. In addition, he has written more than 25 teaching cases published at case clearing houses. He was Vice-President for AIB (2008-2010) and Program chair in 2009 for the AIB-conference in San Diego. He was also Vice Chairman of EIBA from 2007-2010. He is an elected Fellow of the Academy of International Business, Strategic Management Society and European International Business Association. He is founding editor of Global Strategy Journal and serves on numerous editorial boards. He has directed a number of research projects and is currently one of the leaders of the Manufacturing Academy of Denmark focusing on issues of digitalization and sustainability.

Bent Petersen (BP) - Department of International Economics, Government and Business, CBS, Denmark
     Except for five years as an economist at the Carlsberg Research center, Bent has been in various academic positions at CBS. He was post doc at HEC, France in 1993 and visiting scholar at University of Queensland, Australia (2000), University of Gothenburg (2008), and University of Southern Denmark (2011). He started as an international marketing researcher focusing on dynamics foreign operation and internationalization processes of firms. By the late 1990s his focus shifted from downstream to upstream processes (global sourcing). His original theoretical basis was transaction cost economics (which permeated my PhD thesis), but has since then spread to contractual economics in general (in addition to TCE, agency theory, and property right theory) with side jumps into the resource-dependence theory, resource-based perspective, real option theory, and value creation logics. All these different theoretical perspectives are brought together in his research and teaching in “strategic contracting”. He has worked with large-N survey data and databases as well as case studies.

Larissa Rabbiosi (LR) - Department of Strategy and Innovation, CBS, Denmark
     Larissa Rabbiosi (PhD, Politecnico di Milano) is Professor in International Business at Copenhagen Business School. Her research concerns the relationship between the organization of firms and their strategic processes with a particular focus on knowledge transfer, innovation, and international expansion. Her current research interests include the relationship between immigrants and firm performance, institutions and multinational corporations’ strategies, and post-acquisition integration management. 


The course aims to offer a systematic foundational knowledge of the theoretical building blocks of international business research, the most updated debates on theories, and an overview of topics and areas of research in the field. The ultimate goal is to develop an ability to identify opportunities for future research. The course is organized into two parts. The first part focuses on different theoretical perspectives. The second part discusses state‐of‐the‐art research on specific topics and areas.


  • To demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of theories and topics relevant to international business literature.
  • To demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of key concepts, assumptions, causal  relationships and processes relevant to international business literature.
  • To critically review assigned readings.


The course is designed for students coming from different backgrounds with an interest in international business and its applications to different fields and topics. Although a basic knowledge of management, strategy, and economics is helpful, no specific prerequisites are required. Students are expected to attend the entire course and take the final exam.


Course content
This is a discussion‐based course. Students are expected to attend and be prepared for every session.

Session preparation includes reading all required assigned material for the session. During each session, the discussion will be based on the papers for discussion.

Teaching style
Lectures and workshops where students are expected to present and discuss pre‐assigned readings.

Lecture plan
Lectures and workshops where students are expected to present and discuss pre-assigned readings.

S1 - 22/04/2024 - Faculty: GS         
Why and how companies became multinationals
S2* - 22/04/2024 - Faculty: CGA           
Internalization theory

S3 - 23/04/2024 - Faculty: CGA            
Stakeholder theory in the global context
S4* - 23/04/2024 - Faculty: CS, TP, WS   
Paper Development Workshop

S5 - 24/04/2024 - Faculty: BP           
Dynamics and flexibility of foreign operation modes
S6* - 24/04/2024 - Faculty: DM                   
International human resource management

S7 - 25/04/2024 - Faculty: LR
Knowledge transfer across borders
S8* - 25/04/2024 - Faculty: WS
International business and knowledge protection

S9 - 26/04/2024 - Faculty: TP             
Backlash against globalization
S10* - 26/04/2024 - Faculty: GS       
MNEs and Grand challenges

* These sessions will be scheduled in the afternoon


  • "To any doctoral student with an interest in the field of international business: this course is rigorous, but essential. The content is thoroughly comprehensive, ranging from the field’s foundational theories to some of the latest cutting-edge topics in IB. The instructors are all leading experts in their fields, and all are incredibly approachable. Moreover, you’ll get the opportunity to sit down and discuss your research ideas with journal editors and senior reviewers. It’s also a great chance to develop and expand your own personal research network – you’ll meet new colleagues and make some very good friends. Whether you’re a first-year doctoral student or an upper-year candidate, this course is simply fantastic. I can’t recommend it enough."
  • "The course in International Business offered by the SI Department at CBS is a unique opportunity when it comes to formation you can get during your PhD. Besides bringing together a diverse group of young researchers, it allows you to work with some of the brightest minds in IB. You are challenged to engage with novel literature and streams of research, as well as with editors from outstanding journals in IB and other fields relevant for our work. Definitely a course that I highly recommend taking!"


At the end of the course, each student is requested to hand in a 3‐5‐page proposal that will be assessed on a pass/no‐pass basis. The proposal is expected to identify a research question, theoretical framing, and preliminary hypotheses.

5 ECTS are assigned to this course. 


Interested doctoral students should submit their applications no later than March 1st, 2024 (23.59h). Besides doctoral students, other researchers may participate. The number of participants will be limited to create a stimulating environment. The selection among the applicants will be conducted by the Institute’s Faculty. They will review the following documents which should necessarily complement each application form:

  • the applicant’s curriculum vitae demonstrating his/her capabilities of doing research ;
  • a letter of recommendation of his/her local faculty supporting the application ;
  • a two-page description of his/her doctoral research, indicating the general objectives

It is only possible to upload one file upon registration and - as such the above files must be collected in a single file.

To apply, please register your participation with the accompanying documents by March 1st.




The participation fee is 875 € (DKK 6500). This fee includes participation to the seminar, the documents, coffee breaks/lunches


The Institute offers a limited number of  discounted fee of 675 € each (DKK 5,025.) Scholarships are strictly limited to students coming from an EIASM Institutional Member (the Academic Council). Allocation of the scholarships is entirely at the discretion of the European Institute.


Please note that the registration is binding after the registration deadline.


The seminar will be held at the COPENHAGEN BUSINESS SCHOOL.

Copenhagen Business School 
Kilen, Kilevej 14A
2000 Frederiksberg 
Room: KL2.53

The programme will start on April 22, 2024 and is scheduled to end on April 26, 2024. 


You are requested to make your own hotel arrangement.


Contact at CBS - For questions regarding the content of the course: Grazia Santangelo - gs.si@cbs.dk

Contact at EIASM - Cristina Setyar - setyar@eiasm.be