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Field of study* : International Economic Relations

Subject name
International corporations and their business networks
Subject name in English
International corporations and their business networks
Subject code Year / semester Method of evaluation
UEPMSG03S.24C.11536.19 2 / 3 Assessment
Specialisation Track Level of qualification
International Business General academic studia drugiego stopnia
Mode of study Language of instruction Subject
Full-time Angielski Elective
Number of hours Number of ECTS points Block
Lectures: 30 Classes: 0 3 C
Author Milena Ratajczak-Mrozek
Teachers Aleksandra Hauke-Lopes

Subject’s educational aims

C1 To present the contemporary forms of companies cooperation in international context
C2 To show the main assumptions of the concept of business network
C3 To identify the process of the network analysis within company's international activity
C4 To recognize the strategic decisions taken by the company in the context of the activities within the business network in the international market
C5 To assess the benefits and threats resulting from the business activities in the international business network

Subject’s learning outcomes

Code Outcomes in terms of Learning outcomes within the field of study
W1 Student has the knowledge about selected network structures K2_W06, K2_W11, K2_W14, K2_W15
W2 Student has knowledge about methods of business network analysis K2_W08
W3 Student has knowledge about the processes of strategic decisions regarding network structures K2_W03, K2_W06, K2_W14
W4 Student has knowledge about the process of developing a competitive advantage in the context of the business network K2_W03, K2_W14, K2_W15
U1 Student has the ability to use theoretical knowledge on the business network for the analysis of network structures and relationships of the real companies K2_U01, K2_U02, K2_U03
U2 Student has the ability to see relations, interactions between companies in the context of their international activities K2_U01, K2_U03, K2_U04, K2_U07, K2_U08
U3 Student has the ability to identify the causes of competitive advantage in the context of the business network K2_U01, K2_U02, K2_U04, K2_U05, K2_U07, K2_U08
U4 Student has the ability to analyze international business network K2_U01, K2_U02, K2_U03, K2_U04
Social competences
K1 Student has the competence to present and argue his/her own views K2_U18
K2 Student is able to express own judgments on important issues concerning the relation between business and the business environment K2_U18
K3 Student is able to work in a team, to carry out joint projects and is prepared to actively participate in the group K2_U17, K2_U18, K2_K03
K4 Student is able to communicate with the international environment K2_U18

Study content

No. Study content Subject’s educational aims Subject’s learning outcomes
1. The essence of network relationships, business networks and network approach C1, C2 W1, U1, U2
2. Social networks, social networks analysis C2, C3, C4 W1, W2, U3
3. The essence and types of local and international business networks C1 W1, U1, U2
4. The network model of internationalisation C1, C2 W1, W3, U2
5. The analysis of business network C3 W2, U1, U2, U3, U4, K1, K2, K3, K4
6. Impact of business network and cooperation on companies' competitive advantage in foreign markets - benefits and risks and coopetition C2, C4, C5 W1, W3, W4, U1, U2, U3
7. Keitersu,Guanxi, Hegu, Chaebol, Maquiladoras C1 U1, U2, K2, K3, K4
8. Network organisations, MLM C1, C4, C5 W1, W3, U1, U2, K1, K2
9. International corporate networks: MNCs, strategic alliances C1 W1, U1, U2, K1, K2, K3, K4
10. R&D networks, project networks C1, C4 W1, W3, U1, U2
11. Strategy and strategic decisions of companies within international business networks C4, C5 W3, W4, U1, U2, U3
12. Presentation of the projects prepared by students - analysis of business networks and network structures C3, C4, C5 W1, W2, W3, W4, U1, U2, U3, U4, K1, K2, K3, K4


  1. M. Ratajczak-Mrozek, Business Networks and Cooperation Within the Supply Chain as a Determinant of Growth and Competitiveness, „The European Financial Review”, April/May 2013, pp.30-33
  2. The development of business networks in the company internationalisation process, ed. K. Fonfara, Poznań University of Economics Press, Poznań 2012
  3. E. Todeva, Business Networks. Strategy and Structure, Routledge, 2006
Entry requirements
Teaching methods Conversation lecture, Lecture with multimedia presentation, Case study
Method of evaluation Final quiz, Report, Class participation, Group project / Group work, Research, Presentation,

Settlement of ECTS points

Forms of student work Average number of hours for student work*
Report preparation 10
Participation in lectures 30
Literature research 5
Preparation for exam 15
Empirical research 15
Consultations with teacher 5
Preparation of multimedia presentation 5
Student work in total
Number of hours
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Contact hours (with the teacher)
Number of hours
ECTS points
Practical-class work
Number of hours
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* one hour of classes = 45 minutes

Methods of evaluating the learning outcomes

Learning-outcome code Methods of evaluation
Final quiz Report Class participation Group project / Group work Research Presentation
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