Netherlands, Utrecht

Doing Business in Europe (extended) - Track

when 8 July 2019 - 16 August 2019
language English
duration 6 weeks
credits 12 EC
fee EUR 2500

This special track offers three different complementing approaches to the world of business from a European perspective. From a rigorous theoretical framework offering the basic knowledge on Europe and its historical, social, societal and economic developments, to an international focus on the European Union as a business network, to hands-on practice of the previously gained knowledge in running a company.

The first two weeks of this course focus on Europe as a political and economic entity on the global stage. Through a series of lectures by key experts in their field students will deepen their understanding of this very interesting assembly of nations that has played such an important role in shaping the world but seems to be struggling with its position both internally and externally. Students will study Europe’s history, developments in societal aspects and focus on the impact these have had economically. The next three weeks focus on Europe as a place to do business. During the third week students will look at the European Union as a business network and ecosystem. Next to lectures, students will work on several case studies and also do a two-day simulation. In this simulation students act as representatives of the European Parliament and they need to work on the economic future of Europe. In the fourth week students will work on trends and business in the fashion and design industry. This part of the course takes students to Italy, where they are immersed in the Italian culture and economy to work on a case study. In the fifth week students are back in Utrecht, The Netherlands where they will focus on trends and business in the media industry. What are the challenges traditional media face and what business models emerge from new technologies like virtual reality? The course ends with a very intensive hands-on approach to doing business in Europe. Students will work together in teams with the goal to compete in a competitive market and to grow the business; not only profit but also the competitive advantage you build and the consistency of your strategy will determine if your company becomes the market leader.

Course leader

Drs. Peter O. van der Meer

Target group

This course is open to bachelor and master students in the field of business, marketing and finance, and to those students who have some background and/or a strong interest in these disciplines and economic topics in the EU.

Fee info

EUR 2500: Course fee
EUR 950: Housing fee

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