Strategic Alliances and Internationalization

  • Duration: Full semester
  • Fall semester , Exchange student
  • ECTS 7,5 ECTS
  • Application period Application deadline: 01 May

Strategic Alliances and Internationalization (3MMF260) is a 7,5 ECTS course in the fall semester on Master level at Campus Rena. A 4-hour school exam finalizes the course.

The course is only open to exchange students from our partner institutions.


About the course

The student will possess in-depth knowledge of

  • how the various actors in the value chain / system are linked across national borders
  • the criteria for strategic alliances, as well as how and in what form strategic alliances are made
  • how different parties in a strategic alliance can create and develop a partnership to increase their competitiveness and strategic advantage
  • the factors that influence how a business should conduct its international activities


The student will be able to

  • analyse a business and its surroundings using approaches, concepts and theories related to the dyad, the network and the value chain / system
  • use an analysis to describe factors that influence decisions on integration, collaboration, governance and control, as well as be able to argue for solutions
  • identify and evaluate challenging aspects of a business' dyadic alliance and networking activities
  • propose changes in the business' position in dyadic alliances and network relations by using the approaches, concepts and theories from the course
  • assess global contextual factors affecting the internationalization process in terms of alliance and networking (including sourcing)

General competence

The student will be able to

  • reflect on the business’ current network and its relationships with customers and other network actors
  • critically reflect on the systemic and ethical conditions underlying alliances and internationalization
  • reflect on the necessity of initiating and implementing changes in the business’ network position, business model and sourcing strategies

Course content

  • Theoretical perspectives and approaches for analysing, initiating and developing different types of relationships, networks and strategic alliances in an international context
  • Internationalization theory with a focus on choosing a strategic partner
  • Transaction cost theory and integration ("make or buy" - "sourcing")
  • Power-dependence theory
  • Organizational-theoretical and principal-agent theoretical approach to governance and control in the alliance
  • Collaboration and relationship quality
  • “Business sustainability” and implications for international cooperation relations
  • Digitalization and new technology, consequences for entering and developing strategic alliances

Recommended prerequisites

Basic understanding of business economics.

What does it cost?

Free for exchange students

Would you like to apply?

The course is available only for students coming from our partner institutions. Contact the International Coordinator at your home institution to find out if you are eligible for exchange studies at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (INN University). Please notice that applications can be submitted for one campus only.

Application procedure and documents