Curriculum Business Management (International Business)

This is the class schedule of the academic year 2019-2020.

Year 1

60 credits

Building Sustainable Business

(3 credits)

Today’s global societal and environmental challenges raise significant questions for companies and the way in which they operate. How would you respond to these dilemmas? This introspective look, helps you identify the type of organisation you would want to work for or start up. Once you have mastered the basic concepts of sustainable business, you will prepare and present a business plan that delivers on this relevant issue.

Business Communication

(3 credits)

Presenting information and points of view in meetings and presentations is a daily reality of business life. Learn how to conduct effective meetings with careful preparation and an open mind to differences of opinion.

Business Economics

(5 credits)

Global economic development affects all businesses, organizations and individuals around the world. Understanding market mechanisms, government policies and concepts such as labour, capital, inflation, growth and crisis, is essential to understanding the position of your organization, country, family, yourself.

Business Lab

(5 credits)

Your chance to work with a diverse team on a real-life case study – just as you would as a globally-minded business professional.  Develop a business concept together, applying your knowledge of bringing a product to market (purchase, transportation, production and marketing) and drawing on ICT and project management tools to assist you.

Business Reports and Correspondence

(3 credits)

Information is everywhere. Finding and selecting valuable information in open source networks, libraries, magazines and reviews, requires a careful search technique and a critical mindset. We will work on these skills and help you master the art of writing efficient messages and reports – both for internal and external use.

Cross-Cultural Communication

(3 credits)

Learn how to communicate in a way that transcends borders, and leads to lasting working relationships. Find out how cultural differences impact on the way we communicate – both verbal and non-verbal – and investigate their influence on organisational structures and business operations.

Financial Accounting

(5 credits)

The financial situation of every organisation is reflected in the accounts. Starting with the theoretical and legal framework of the International Financial Reporting System, you practise the basics of financial accounting – how to record inventory, sales and purchases, and ensure proper closing. Learn how to read financial reports such as balance sheets, income statements and cash flow statements.

ICT for Calculations

(3 credits)

A flair for number-crunching and working with spreadsheets is essential in any organisation. Likewise, organising data, making (financial) calculations and analysing data are also sought-after skills in the labour market and areas you will develop throughout the module.

ICT for Communication

(3 credits)

Provides a comprehensive overview of some of the most widely-used applications for communication in business: Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint and Microsoft Outlook. You will learn core techniques and best practices, and discover tools for information management, planning and cloud-computing.

International & European Law

(5 credits)

As the influence of international and European law grows ever stronger, knowing its basic principles and where to go for legal and regulatory information will help you make the right choices in business. Develop your critical-thinking skills in regards to contracts and learn how to double-check legal issues.

International Sales and Marketing

(5 credits)

Learn how to market products and services across borders, in this growth area of international business. You will explore the pressures created by the pathways of internationalisation, as well as political and economic risk analysis, international planning, cultural distance, branding for international markets, international market entry, distribution strategies, and adaptation versus standardisation.

International Trade and Logistics

(5 credits)

Get an overview of most common globalisation theories on defending open economies and removing trade barriers. You will explore the opportunities, risks and threats as well as the roles of the intermediate parties. Take a close-up look at how the global supply chain works – in theory and practice. You will cover purchasing, materials management, inventory control, warehousing, transport and distribution, as well as reverse logistics and manufacturing’s response to environmental concerns.

Personal Development & Management Skills

(6 credits)

As a student, you learn to manage your studying, time, motivation and personal energy, and later as you prepare for a career in international business new skills come into play. This course enables you to work on core management strengths such as teamwork, intercultural awareness, scheduling and planning. Your mentor will also give you personal development coaching as part of your drive to become a skilled and motivated young professional.

Elective

(3 credits)

Choose one of the following electives to broaden your horizon:

  • Doing Business in Africa

The African population is growing rapidly, and so is its economy. Africa offers lots of business opportunities and specific ways of doing business. Gain a fascinating insight into working practices across the continent.

  •  Doing Business in China

Find out how to successfully conduct business activities in one of the world’s leading economies. Learn some useful expressions appreciated by your would-be Chinese business partners and gain a valuable insight into the do’s and don’ts in Chinese culture.

  • Doing Business in Europe

    Details to follow

  • English upgrade B2+

​If you had a B2 (IELTS 6.0) for your language screening test, you are strongly advised to take up this elective course. Brush up on those basic skills, so you keep up in this English-taught environment. It is also great preparation for the Road to IELTS course in the second year.

Elective Language (Dutch A1, Spanish A1, French B1, or other foreign language)

(3 credits)

A chance to broaden your language skills. Choose between: Dutch – the local language here in Antwerp; Spanish – the world’s fourth most-widely spoken language; French intermediate – only for students who have obtained European A2 level. Alternatively, you can submit a proposal to study another foreign language outside KdG. 

Year 2

60 credits

Cross-Cultural Communication

(3 credits)

Learn how to communicate in a way that transcends borders, and leads to lasting working relationships. Find out how cultural differences impact on the way we communicate – both verbal and non-verbal – and investigate their influence on organisational structures and business operations.

Cross-Cultural Teamwork and Development

(6 credits)

Discover what kind of team player you are, and how to perform at your peak within a team. Put into practice the skills learned in the Cross Cultural Communication module and apply them to real-life situations where cultural awareness, networking, teamwork and professionalism go hand in hand. Develop these critical skills by reflecting on your actions and behaviour.

English C1 Road to IELTS

(6 credits)

In order to graduate, all students need to prove that their English-language proficiency is at least C1-level on the CEFR. This course prepares you for taking the IELTS – C1 General Test at the British Council in Brussels, or to do a similar test at KdG.

Human Resources Management

(3 credits)

Find out how to attract the right talent, develop it as well as reward and retain staff – core aspects of any successful business. Get a strategic and transactional overview, learn how to apply HR frameworks and concepts to real-life examples, and create the right conditions for employees and managers to achieve company goals.

Import and Export Management

(3 credits)

Delve into the inner workings of international trade. Develop your knowledge of documents in international trade, compare and evaluate payments and financing techniques such as documentary credit arrangements, and learn how to apply Incoterms ® to international trade transactions.

International Business Law

(5 credits)

To succeed in the corporate world, you need a good understanding of the legislation that impacts on your business activities. Learn how to operate within a legal framework as you discover how to create legal ads, comply with competition rules, protect your intellectual property, and select the right contract for clients and contracting parties. You will also explore options for international mergers and acquisitions and learn how to process client data in line with privacy laws.

International Finance Management

(3 credits)

Delve into the mechanisms of the international banking and financial systems. Explore the principles behind boom-bust cycles in financial markets and their impact on sovereign countries. Investigate the key sources of stability and instability and how they percolate through the system. Use these insights to analyse and evaluate the make-up of the European monetary system, and focus on the governance and business models of financial institutions

Managerial Accounting

(5 credits)

Decision-makers within an organisation rely on timely and accurate financial and non-financial information to make informed judgments. You will master the most important managerial accounting techniques needed to achieve this – job order costing, cost-volume-profit relationships, activity-based costing, activity-based management, budgeting, variance analysis and capital budgeting.

Managing Change

(3 credits)

In our ever-changing world, companies need to react quickly to maintain their competitive edge. Get an insight into insights, models, tools and techniques to successfully reshape an organisation in light of global developments. Focus on the implications for individuals, teams and organisations and explore project management and organisational culture for ways to create sustainable change. 

Project Management

(3 credits)

Projects are strongly focused and gather people and resources together to achieve a specific goal within a fixed timescale. They are only successful when the team members act as a team and the working processes are well organised. This introduction to project management will give you the methods and tools for all your future projects.

Quantitative Business Techniques

(5 credits)

Calculations and projections are important tools in business management. Learn how to work with statistics, market data and mathematical functions to develop simulations and forecasts in this hands-on seminar.

Research and Academic Reporting

(3 credits)

Writing a bachelor thesis is challenging and this course will give you a head start. Settle on a topic you want to write about, develop a clear thesis statement, look up different types of sources and evaluate them, plan your work, structure your narrative, and fine tune your writing. The outcome is a well thought-through proposal for your thesis.

Sales Strategy

(3 credits)

A strong sales team is key to developing new and existing client relationships while simultaneously boosting company profits. Learn how to build a loyal client base as you delve into the principles of marketing, sales automation and upgrade strategies. Our practical exercises will develop your team management skills and negotiation tactics ready for the workplace. 

Strategical and Operational Marketing

(3 credits)

Explore the role of strategical and operational marketing in today’s world of global business. Get an insight into those all-important concepts and techniques, which enable today’s managers to identify and capitalise on opportunities that arise. Find out how its benefits are increasingly sought-after by the public sector and other, not-for profit organisations.

Supply Chain Management

(3 credits)

Before a client or consumer can benefit from purchased goods and services, a supply chain must run its course. Get an insight into a product’s  manufacturing, transportation far and wide, packing, storage, selection, and distribution to a shop – often just in time before it is sold and delivered. Join us on this fascinating journey along the supply chain.

Elective Language (Dutch A2, Spanish A2, French B2, or other foreign language)

(3 credits)

Improve your grasp of the language that you chose in Year 1.

Year 3

60 credits

Bachelor Thesis

(8 credits)

Carry out in-depth analytical research into a business-related topic of your choice. Your investigations will see you dive into the literature and gather data before formulating your arguments into a reasoned written report. You are coached by a mentor throughout, and by the end of the process you are ready to present your findings to a jury panel. 

Business Ethics

(3 credits)

Is it all about the money? Or is there more to it? Take a look at authentic business cases from various standpoints and analyse them. Set up debates, present your reasoned arguments, and see if there is more to business than just going for a quick win…

International Corporate Strategy

(5 credits)

Businesses compete and try to be as successful as possible. The defined corporate strategy is the compass used by companies in order to keep focus in volatile markets and within uncertain economic times. Defining such an International Corporate Strategy embodies selecting market positions and managing organization structures (i.e. organic growth, acquisition, merger).

International Internship

(20 credits)

Your 13-week internship within an international company or organisation is a pivotal moment in terms of personal development. You start as an observer but quickly immerse yourself in the daily working processes of your colleagues. As an intern you will find yourself being part of a project team – focusing on a particular area of analysis or a survey study – or getting experience handling operations within a company for instance.

Your lecturers have prepared you for this moment, and now it is your chance to shine on the job.

International Trade & Risk Management

(5 credits)

Cross border trade and global procurement is an established and natural phenomenon. Learn to assess the risks involved by simulating an import or export transaction. Carry out an in-depth analysis of a product, its market appeal, the country where it was manufactured and the supply chain. Check the legal obligations under your sale contract such as delivery, customs clearance and payment. Draft the necessary contracts for sale, finance, transport and insurance, and have a sound grasp of the legal ramifications in the event of a breach. 

Major electives

(10 credits)

Choose two from the following choices:

  • International Human Resources Management 

Grasp the challenges global organisations face when it comes to people practices, and how domestic and international HR management differ. How do you reward staff within an international context? What are the organisational design principles? Are you suited to an international assignment and what does it take to become a global leader?

  • (Non) Financial Reporting and Auditing 
     

Reliable data is worth its weight in gold if you know how to interpret it and draw the right conclusions. Companies rely on the assurance of external auditors but how do they reach an audit opinion? Take an in-depth look at a company, compare it with its competitors and discover what is behind the figures. 

  • Warehouse Management

The importance of a well-organised warehouse increases as supply chains become more integrated – as demonstrated by the high-tech mega-warehouses with international scope. Find out about the different processes within a warehouse and how to optimise them. Explore warehouse storage systems, handling equipment, lay-out planning, order-picking and packing as well as new trends in distribution and return logistics.

Minor electives

(9 credits)

Choose three from the following choices:

  • Business Modelling

As a business professional, you will need to come up with new business ideas. Grasp the Lean Start-Up principles and you will learn to assess customer needs, market potential and financial viability in a short period of time.

  • Corporate Reputation Management

Find out how companies and executives build, strengthen and sustain their reputations. Bridge the gap between corporations and society, and uncover areas of possible conflict while developing the know-how to resolve them. You will also examine technological, governance and performance issues and their effect on business.

  • Digital Marketing

Get to grips with digital marketing by creating a simple website for an small online business, and then improve it using the principles of content marketing and user experience. You will also explore Google Adwords, Google analytics and direct mail promotion as part of a wider digital marketing strategy.

  • Import and Export Management

Delve into the inner workings of international trade. Develop your knowledge of documents in international trade, compare and evaluate payments and financing techniques such as documentary credit arrangements, and learn how to apply Incoterms ® to international trade transactions.

  • International Finance Management

Delve into the mechanisms of the international banking and financial systems. Explore the principles behind boom-bust cycles in financial markets and their impact on sovereign countries. Investigate the key sources of stability and instability and how they percolate through the system. Use these insights to analyse and evaluate the make-up of the European monetary system, and focus on the governance and business models of financial institutions.

  • International Market Entry Strategies

As you explore the opportunities within the global market, you will learn how to analyse whether an organisation is ready to go international. Is it a viable option in terms of their products and services? And how do you identify target markets? You will explore the fundamental considerations – from exports and countertrade, to foreign direct investment and collaborative ventures, and licensing and franchising.

  • International Tax and Finance Management

Paying tax is an important part of a company’s economic impact and contribution to society, and a key component of a corporation’s  strategic plan and decision-making process. Learn how to recognize tax planning opportunities and how to apply the basic principles of tax strategy. You will learn about tax implications, explicit and implicit taxes, tax rate limits, and how different tax systems differ.

  • Managing Change

In our ever-changing world, companies need to react quickly to maintain their competitive edge. Get an insight into insights, models, tools and techniques to successfully reshape an organisation in light of global developments. Focus on the implications for individuals, teams and organisations and explore project management and organisational culture for ways to create sustainable change. 

  • Network and Lobbying

The importance of networking and lobbying is hard to overestimate in today's world. Both are powerful skills for achieving business objectives and raise important ethical considerations. Together, we will sharpen your soft skills and insights.

  • Operations Management

Learn how to manage and streamline internal operations to ensure the needs of customers are met. Discover the methods employed to ensure the efficient production and delivery of goods and services – the lifeblood of companies. You will explore the diverse nature of operations management and how it impacts on the strategic decisions of different businesses and organisations.

  • Responsible Product Management

This course deals with the processes and activities involved in product management. You investigate the decision-making process and strategic implications in bringing new and relaunched products to market – be they B2B or B2C. Learn how company and customer activities and behaviour impact on the way products are responsibly managed – and why there have been failures.

  • Summer School

Details to follow.

The basic allocation of the academic credit system is 60 credits per year of study or 30 credits per semester. Each credit equals a workload of 25 hours including lectures, seminars, self-tuition, assignments and examinations.