Foundations of International Management I (IM I)


Module Description:



1. Environment of International Management: History and Major Trends

2. Theoretical and Conceptual Foundations of International Management

3. Theories of Internationalization

4. Strategic Management in International Firms

The participants will be confronted with typical management problems of international firms. The participants will get to know modern theories and methods of international management and will be able to apply these to practical problems.

Attendance: 45 h
Self-study: 105 h




Obligatory literature:

Holtbrügge, D./Welge, M.K.: Internationales Management. 6th ed., Schäffer Poeschel: Stuttgart 2015 (chapters 1-4)

Cavusgil, S.T./Knight, G./Riesenberger, J.R.: International Business. Strategy, Management and the New Realities. 3rd Global ed., Pearson Prentice Hall: New Jersey 2014 (chapters 1-3, 6, 9-10, 12-16)

Holtbrügge, D. & Haussmann, H. (eds.): The Internationalization of Firms. Case Studies from the Nürnberg Metropolitan Region. 2nd ed., Hampp: Augsburg, München 2017 (Chapters 17, 2)


Course Frequency

Winter term (WS)
Information for the summer semester 2020 can be found below.

Lecture Dates:

WS 2019/2020
: 22.10., 24.10., 29.10., 31.10., 05.11., 07.11., 19.11., 21.11., 26.11., 28.11.
11:30 – 13:00, room H 5

Admission Regulations

Registration via MeinCampus (please compare with Examination number). Registration via StudOn necessary in order to receive all lecture related materials.

Exam Preparation Session:

03.12.2019, 11:30 – 13:00, room H 6

Please hand in your questions via StudOn until Sunday, 1st December, 2019 by joining the group ‘MCQ for practice – exam preparation & content repetition’ under this link:

Please post your question in the respective chapter.

Exam Review:


Written exam, 60 min (60% open-ended questions; 40% multiple choice questions)

Examination Number:

37101 Foundations of International Management I (lecture/exam: 4 ECTS)

Exam Date:

Assessment in summer semester 2020:

The so called “Corona-Satzung”, which is an addition to our examination regulations at FAU, allows for a one-time exception in regards to the assessment of modules and courses in the summer term 2020 due to COVID-19. Following this regulation, the lecture of the course „Foundations of International Management I (IM I) (4 ECTS, examination number 37101) will be assessed in a different way compared to the winter semester 2019/2020.

Instead of a written examination of 60 minutes with mandatory physical attendance, the course will be assessed via a report that can be written anywhere. All information can be found here:

– Form of assessment: 6-page report. The student will receive three open questions. Two out of three questions need to be answered on 3 pages each. Please do not simply repeat content from the lecture as the transfer of knowledge dealing with the specific quesiton stands at the fore.

The answers to the two chosen questions will be taken into consideration with 50% each for the overall grade. No multiple-choice questions (MCQ) are given.

– Relevant content for the report: The relevant contents equal those of the winter semester 2019/2020 which are the script, the book etc.

Period of examination: The students that registered for the report will receive their questions on 01.07.2020, 11:59am. The 6-page report is due latest on 08.07.2020, 11:59am.

– Registration: Students need to register within the allowed exam registration period via meincampus.

– Submission of report: The 6-page report has to be sent to before the deadline.

– Guidelines: Formatting and other relevant aspects for writing the report can be found here:


Teaching Material:

Please find all material for the lecture here.

Course Frequency:

Winter term (WS)

Seminar Dates:

Group 1  – 11.11.2019 and 25.11.2019, 16:45 – 20:00, room 0.224

Group 2  – 12.11.2019 and 26.11.2019, 16:45 – 20:00, room 0.224

Group 3  – 14.11.2019 and 28.11.2019, 18:30 – 21:45, room 0.224

Admission Regulations

Registration via MeinCampus (please compare with examination number).

Registration via MeinCampus (please compare with Examination number).The registration for the seminar via StudOn is mandatory. You must register for the seminar in the StudOn system between (tba). The link to the registration can be found here.


Presentation and class participation (Winter term)

Seminar paper (Summer term) [max. of 15 pages and 5 ppt]. The working period starts with the receipt of the topic and lasts 14 days (15.06.2020 – 28.06.2020). Interested students must register for the seminar paper by writing an e-mail to by 30.05.2020 and by registering for the examination via MeinCampus during the exam registration period. 

Examination Number:

37102 Foundations of International Management I (seminar: 1 ECTS)



Prof. Dr. Dirk Holtbrügge

Chairholder; Dean of International Affairs

Department of International Management

Consultation hours: Please make an appointment with the secretariat.

Responsible Assistant

Marcus Conrad, M.Sc.

Teaching and Research Associate

Department of International Management

Consultation hours: by appointment

  • Foundations of International Management I
  • Foundations of International Management II
  • Research Projects in International Management II