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Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

Students acquire in-depth knowledge of the
internationalisation of businesses. Focus is on creating international market entry plans for small and medium-sized companies in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR).The students also know the basics of how to
conduct applied research in the field.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is expected
to be able to plan and carry out business related
R & D projects in the BSR.

Course contents

The course participants will do applied
research on internationalisation of small- and
medium sized enterprises.
The research activities will be performed
either in Finland or in another BSR country.
The following topics are included:
- methods used in applied research
- desk research on the chosen company
- field research performed
- reporting research results
- lectures on the economic situation in the BSR
- lectures on SMEs' role in the BSR
- branch specific lectures

Prerequisites and co-requisites

International Business Strategies of SMEs or
Project management in the BSR

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Additional information


Recommended or required reading

Baltic Consulting, 2013. Barriers for
international cooperation for SMEs in Latvia,
Estonia, Finland and Sweden. Available at External link

Daszkiewicz, N. and Wach, K., 2012.
Internationalization of SMEs: Context, Models
and Implementation. Available at External link?

ECSIP Consortium, 2013. Study on Support
Services for SMEs in International Business.
Final Report. Available at External link

European Commission, 2014. Supporting the Internationalisation of SMEs.
Available at… External link

Nobanet handbook III, 2015. University – Business cooperation: model development and experience from practice.
Availabe at External link

Study activities

  • Lectures - 28 hours
  • Project- and production work/artistic activities - 75 hours
  • Internet-based studies - 30 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 133 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 133 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 0 hours

Mode of Delivery

Multiform education

Assessment methods

Essays, reports, productions and portfolio

Assessment requirements

Completion of assessments, presentations and final


Källström Eija


Källström Eija

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

12 months after course has ended

The timetable of the course

see ARBS

Assessment methods

Date will be announced later - Reports and productions

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