International Business and Management, MA

University of Groningen
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International Business and Management

How can companies operate in multiple countries at the same time and cope with different cultural, political and economic circumstances? International business managers need to know how.

The MSc IB&M is a broad programme with a rich set of electives to choose from. You can also opt for one of our double degrees, with the University of Newcastle or with Fudan University in Shanghai.

In the programme you will learn to approach issues in global management with an open mind and how to deal with them systematically and creatively. Your analytical and professional set of skills will be expanded to include the latest theories and tools in developing strategies for managing multinational enterprises and for firms to operate across borders.

Specific attention is paid to comparative analyses of countries, institutions, cultures and, of course, companies and their strategies. You will be trained to apply this knowledge to the development of company strategies, instruments and processes. You will also learn to analyse the purchasing and sales markets in different countries, understand various institutional environments and develop policy proposals.

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Course type

International Business and Management offers an academic and analytical approach to solving real-world problems in international management. It gives a multidisciplinary perspective on multinational business activity and managing across borders. Besides, it's an internationally accredited programme, ensuring a high quality education that meets both the AACSB and EQUIS standards, which only one percent of universities reach worldwide.

You will take two compulsory courses and add electives that match your interest. All courses are linked to the current research activities of the lecturers and use recent scientific articles relevant in the field. In most courses you will practice professional and research skills in for example a research report and presentations.

Preparing to write your Master's thesis you will take the Research Seminar where you also acquire the specific research skills that are crucial to management's ability to analyse new environments and pertinent developments.

Elective(s) MSc IB&M A (15 EC)
Elective(s) MSc IB&M B (10 EC)
International Business Strategy (MSc) (5 EC)
Master's Thesis IB&M (20 EC)
Research Seminar for IB&M (5 EC)

Curriculum

DDM Advanced International Business Management and Marketing (specialization)

1.5 year Double Degree Master in Marketing and IB&M, offered by the University of Groningen together with the University of Newcastle.

2 year Double Degree Master in Groningen and Fudan University Shanghai.

Sustainable Society Focus Area (specialization)

Focus your MSc on Sustainable Society and gain specialised knowledge in the field. There are two steps to the Sustainable Society Focus Area-

1) complete two electives from a predetermined list 2) write and round off an MSc thesis on a sustainable society topic

Energy Focus Area (specialization)

Focus your MSc on Energy and open up extra career opportunities. There are two steps to the Energy Focus Area-

1) complete two of four chosen electives 2) write and round off an MSc thesis on an energy topic

Master Internship (specialization)

Opportunity for an internship between February and June. You will be rewarded 15 ECTS on top of your programme. Your thesis will be postponed to the first semester of your next study year.

previous education

To be eligible for admission to this Master, you need to hold an academic Bachelor's or Master's degree from a research university in one of the following - or closely related - fields: Business Administration, Econometrics and Operations Research, Economics and Business Economics, International Business.

To assess whether your educational/academic background meets the specific programme requirements, we will consider the level and curriculum of your previous studies, and the grades that you have obtained.

For more information, see: http://www.rug.nl/feb/education/admission-application/nl-route/1

If you have any questions concerning admission, please contact our Admissions Office: http://www.rug.nl/education/international-students/application-procedure/support/admissions-office

Transfer options

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previous education

To be eligible for admission to this Master, you need to hold an academic Bachelor's or Master's degree from a research university in one of the following - or closely related - fields: Business Economics, Business Administration, Econometrics and Operations Research, Economics and Business Economics, International Business, Technology Management.

To assess whether your educational/academic background meets the specific programme requirements, we will consider the level and curriculum of your previous studies, and the grades that you have obtained.

For more information, see: http://www.rug.nl/feb/education/admission-application/intl-route/1

If you have any questions concerning admission, please contact our Admissions Office: http://www.rug.nl/education/international-students/application-procedure/support/admissions-office

Language requirements

Job prospects

After graduation you can work in inter-, multi- or transnational companies. You can start in various kinds of management jobs, such as product manager, human resource manager, export manager and international sales manager. You might work as an international marketer or management development officer. Because all our programmes are EQUIS and AACSB accredited, a standard which only one percent of universities reach worldwide, your degree will be highly valued on the labour market.

FEB Career Services To support you in developing your career and strengthen your employability skills, our FEB Career Services empowers you to achieve lifelong success through various career services during your studies. Check: FEB Career Services.

Linking education to research and career preparation

Our education is strongly rooted in business practice and society. Also right from the start of your degree programme attention is paid to academic research skills and preprofessional development, since an analytical and critical mind and problem-solving capabilities are important qualities in any career our students aspire.

This master programme is linked to the research department of Global Economics and Management. Members of this department perform research on topics like internationalization and international organization of firms, corporate governance systems, corporate social responsibility, and institutional and cultural contexts, using a comparative design or an international perspective. Here are some examples of the researchers active in our programme:

Prof.dr. Sjoerd Beugelsdijk studies the influence of culture and cultural differences on international business phenomena, including foreign direct investment by multinationals [https://www.rug.nl/staff/s.beugelsdijk/]

Prof. dr. Alan Muller is interested in questions related to cross-border corporate social responsiveness (CSR) by multinationals [https://www.rug.nl/staff/a.r.muller/]

Dr. Rian Drogendijk investigates internationalization processes of firms and subsidiary-headquarters relations in multinational companies [https://www.rug.nl/staff/rian.drogendijk/]

Dr. Robbert Maseland studies questions related to development- and transition-economies as well as culture in an international context [https://www.rug.nl/staff/r.k.j.maseland/]

Dr. Rieneke Slager has her research interests in the area of corporate social responsibility and responsible investment; she also studies shareholder engagement and anti-corruption in an international perspective https://www.rug.nl/staff/c.h.slager/]

Dr. Kees van Veen studies questions related to corporate governance and the diffusion of sustainability practices in an international setting [https://www.rug.nl/staff/k.van.veen/]

Dr. Miriam Wilhelm’s research concerns buyer-supplier relations and sustainability in global supply chains; she also has special interests in Japanese business studies and the automotive industry [https://www.rug.nl/staff/m.m.wilhelm/]

Please visit the website of the research institute Global Economics and Management to learn more about the research conducted within the MSc programme: https://www.rug.nl/research/gem/.

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  • Nancy Edwards, MSc International Business and Management

    – Nancy Edwards

    What I really like about the IB&M programme is its academic approach and the diversity of courses offered by the faculty, which helps you to orient yourself towards the future.

    "Groningen is a really beautiful city that offers everything a student can wish for. Its closeness to the countryside and North Sea only adds to its attractiveness. The University of Groningen with its scientific approach was a very interesting choice for me as the educational system is so different compared to traditional business studies in my home country, the United States. After graduating from the University of North Carolina with a Master's in Accounting, I moved to Germany to do mainly internships and work. This was also the time when I first heard about the University of Groningen. As I wanted to enhance my knowledge beyond Accounting and do some more general business studies, I eventually moved to Groningen in to start the IB&M Master. I plan also to do a PhD. What I really like about the IB&M programme is its academic approach and the diversity of courses offered by the faculty, which helps you to orient yourself towards the future. Although it was challenging getting used to the educational approach, I now feel very comfortable. With the right amount of effort the workload is certainly doable. Professors and staff members of the Faculty are very supportive while you follow your programme. The IB&M Master is definitely a programme I would choose again. I really feel comfortable: in Groningen and at the University."

EBF

The Economics and Business Faculty association (EBF) is the faculty association for all students studying at the faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Groningen.The EBF is your partner during your time in Groningen by organising events that support you with your studies and help you prepare for your future career.

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Make the most of your master by getting to know your fellow students and prepare for your future career.

Studying means working independently and planning your studies yourself. But successful studying depends on many different factors, so it is understandable that you may need to consult an impartial expert to discuss your study progress and personal circumstances that influence your studies. The faculty's study advisors are available to help you. Obviously, everything discussed with the study advisor remains confidential.

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