Syllabus academic year 2008/2009
(Created 2008-07-17.)

Higher education credits: 7,5. Grading scale: TH. Level: G2 (First level). Language of instruction: The course will be given in English. Optional for: I3ai, M4. Course coordinator: Tomas Hellström, Professor,, CIRCLE. Prerequisites: 90 university credits. The course might be cancelled if the numer of applicants is less than 15. Assessment: Assessment takes place mainly through a group project and a home exam. In addition, there are case-based assignments, discussions and presentations. Home page:

The overall aim of the course is for students to acquire a basic understanding of how firms in a variety of high-technology sectors develop and implement strategies in the context of global competition. General objectives are for students to grasp why profiting from R&D and technological assets has become a central theme in strategic thinking, how the role of the ‘standard firm’ has evolved, and how and why disruptive technologies constitute a threat to established firms. More specific objectives are for students to become familiar with several strategic mechanisms and processes in high tech sectors, including vertical disintegration (outsourcing and networking), standards and standard-setting, and the appropriation and use of intellectual property (IP). Practical objectives are for students to use basic concepts to discuss strategic options in emerging technologies and to apply the main lessons of the course in problem-oriented empirical research.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

have a critical comprehension

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

The course provides a basic understanding of how different technological strategies are formed in global competition. It will concentrate primarily on outlining the changing patterns of international trade and investment, the integration of business networks at regional and global levels, and how they are changing in response to ongoing processes of globalization.

The course is problem solving oriented and draws on a combination of real-world problem-based cases (based on Harvard Business School material) and state-of-the-art literature.

It is expected that students actively participate in the exercises (i.e. to be well-prepared for case discussions and project presentations) in order to practise the application of theoretical insights.

Competing Capitalisms

The Future of Global Technology Based Competitions

Articles; information will be provided through CIRCLE.