Syllabus for The Global Firm

Det globala företaget

A revised version of the syllabus is available.


  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 2FE859
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Business Studies A1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2017-02-01
  • Established by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: week 35, 2017
  • Entry requirements: A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university. Also required is 90 credits in business studies. Proficiency in English.

    For incoming exchange students only 60 credits or equivalent in business studies are required, though 90 credits is strongly recommended. Proficiency in English.
  • Responsible department: Department of Business Studies

Decisions and guidelines

Master Programme in Business and Management - specialisation Marketing, International Business, Organisation.

Learning outcomes

The purpose of this course is to gain a nuanced understanding of the multifaceted nature of the multinational firm and its role in the global economy and society. In the course, we will discuss challenges arising both in terms of how multinational firms are affected by the context in which they act as well as the impact of multinational firms on local countries and societies. We will also discuss management and the corporate responsibility of the multinational firm.

After participating in the course, the student will be able to independently analyse and discuss the multinational firm in a global economy, covering issues such as:

  • Understanding multinational firms from different theoretical perspectives
  • Applying perspectives and theories related to multinational firms to a broad range of issues and problems facing MNCs in their global context
  • Developing an in-depth understanding of research on multinational firms to be able to critically analyse theories and perspectives
  • Critically reflecting on and evaluating the impact of the multinational firm as a whole on the local economy, e.g., different market and industry-specific characteristics or on developing and emerging economies and the social, ethical, political and managerial implications of this impact
  • Explaining why different theories and models of the multinational firm offer different answers to the question of the economic, political, social, and managerial consequences of international business


This course focuses on the multinational firm and its impact on both local host economies and on the global economy. To gain a nuanced understanding of the multifaceted nature of the multinational firm, we will examine it from different theoretical perspectives and when we know more about the multinational itself, we continue to explore its impact on the local host economies around the world as well as on the global economy as a whole.

The content of the course will cover the economic, political, social and managerial
consequences of international business in the context of:

  • various markets
  • various industries
  • developing or emerging economies


The course uses a combination of pedagogical forms: lectures, interactive seminars, group assignments, and individual assignments. The course is taught in English.


The student will get one single grade, equivalent to 7,5 credits.

Examination includes written assignments and presentations. Examination will be done on both individually and groupwise. The grade for the entire course is based on an assessment of all parts of the examination.

Grading criteria are presented in the study guide provided at the beginning of the course. The following grades will be used: pass with distinction (VG), pass (G), and fail (U). Examinations handed in late will not be assessed except under special circumstances. Any remaining supplemental work must be completed and handed in by the deadline specified in the study guide. Otherwise the entire course (all examinations included) must be retaken during subsequent course sections, pending availability of a place in the course.

Uppsala University does not accept cheating or plagiarism. Suspected incidents of cheating or plagiarism are reported to the Disciplinary Committee of the University, which may issue a formal warning to the student or suspend the student from studies for a designated period.

NOTE: Only completed courses can count toward a degree.

Other directives

The course overlaps 2FE805, 8FE805 The International Firm in a Global Economy.

Syllabus Revisions

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 27, 2017

  • Forsgren, Mats Theories of the Multinational Firm: A Multidimensional Creature in the Global Economy

    Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, 2017