Denmark, Aarhus

International Business Law and the Global Business Environment

when 16 July 2014 - 29 July 2014
duration 2 weeks
credits 5 EC

When you check the international news you will commonly see terms such as genocide, war crimes, bribery, CISG, contracts, trade embargos, International business disputes, tariffs, favored nations, sanctions, mediation, environmental disasters, the United Nations, and the World Trade Organization amongst others. The daily headlines are full of stories depicting the latest international dispute or struggle. However, what does it all mean? Who regulates these disputes? Who is in charge? What is the governing law and how is it applied? How will this affect business and the economy? These are just a few of the questions business leaders need to identify, comprehend, and manage in order to be successful in today’s global business environment. These are some of the issues this class will explore.

Course leader

Michael W. Martin, University of Northern Colorado

Target group

Master's students

Course aim

The aim of this course is to provide an in-depth understanding of how key biological paradigms of (a) ecosystem thinking and (2) evolutionary thinking can be harnessed to improve business strategy. Biology metaphors are strewn throughout our business vernacular: “Our product has evolved.” “It’s in our company’s DNA.” “Come on, it’s just survival of the fittest.” “Their video is going viral.” “We’re part of a corporate ecosystem.” “That product is nearing the end of its lifecycle.” Of course, metaphors are only useful to the extent that they accurately map to reality. The biological paradigm views business as a complex, emergent property of interdependent, autonomous, organism-like actors within ecologic-like environments. By understanding the core essence of truth beneath these metaphors, business strategists can unlock insights not available to competitors locked in a mechanistic paradigm.

Fee info

EUR 0: Students on a bilateral exchange programme do not have to pay. Freemovers are obliged to pay participation fees while tuition fees only apply to freemovers from countries outside the EU/EEA/Switzerland.