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Multinational Corporations and Corporate Control


Knyphausen-Aufseß, Dodo




Fakultät VII

Institut für Technologie und Management

37331400 FG Strategische Führung und Globales Management



H 92

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Learning Outcomes

The objective of this module is to teach students about the causes and implications of internationalization and globalization. The students should be enabled to assess the actions taken by multinational companies from an academic viewpoint and to provide profound advice for possible strategic options. Moreover, the students will learn about core topics of strategic control which are of relevance for companies in general and multinational firms in particular.


The module consists of two parts: “Multinational Corporations - Theories and Practice“ and "Corporate Control". Part 1: “Multinational Corporations - Theories and Practice“ provides an overview of the phenomena of internationalization and globalization with a focus on internationalization theories. Those theories span a range from imperialistic approaches to macroeconomic, industry- and cluster-specific avenues. Moreover, theories that deal with single corporations (micro viewpoint), transaction costs, and behavioral approaches will be discussed. In general, we try to develop an understanding of the role of multinational corporations in modern economies and societies. Part 2: "Corporate Control" focuses on corporate control issues from a theoretical but also from an applied perspective. The lecturer, Prof. Dr Ulrich Pidun, is director at the Boston Consulting Group in Frankfurt and gives insights and examples from practice. We will discuss the theory and practice of value-based management, strategic planning, risk management, investment management, financial management (funding, dealing with capital markets) as well as integrated management systems.

Module Components


All Courses are mandatory.

Course NameTypeNumberCycleLanguageSWSVZ
Multinational Corporations and Corporate ControlIV73 140 L 1511WiSeEnglish4

Workload and Credit Points

Multinational Corporations and Corporate Control (IV):

Workload descriptionMultiplierHoursTotal
90.0h(~3 LP)
Class attendance15.04.0h60.0h
Class preparation and follow-up15.02.0h30.0h

Course-independent workload:

Workload descriptionMultiplierHoursTotal
90.0h(~3 LP)
Student presentation1.030.0h30.0h
Test preparation1.060.0h60.0h
The Workload of the module sums up to 180.0 Hours. Therefore the module contains 6 Credits.

Description of Teaching and Learning Methods

This is an integrated course consisting of lectures as well as practical parts (guest presentations from practicioners, workshops). Part 1 takes place on a weekly basis, the latter as 3 block sessions. Furthermore, students will work out case studies in groups and present them in class. Through discussing relevant topics participants are introduced to reading scientific texts.

Requirements for participation and examination

Desirable prerequisites for participation in the courses:

Previous participation in our bachelor module „Grundlagen des Strategischen und Internationalen Managements“ or comparable courses.

Mandatory requirements for the module test application:

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Module completion



Type of exam

Portfolio examination

Type of portfolio examination

100 points in total



Test elements

Group presentation30oral30 min.
Written test70written110 min.

Grading scale

Test description (Module completion)

The portfolio examination consists of the elements mentioned above, adding up to a maximum of 100 points. The grading follows the joint conversion key of the School of Economics and Management (decision of the school's council dated May 28, 2014 - FKR VII-4/8-28.05.2014).

Duration of the Module

The following number of semesters is estimated for taking and completing the module:
1 Semester.

This module may be commenced in the following semesters:

Maximum Number of Participants

The maximum capacity of students is 70.

Registration Procedures

Internal registration on ISIS required. Further information is available at the beginning of each semester online (strategie.tu-berlin.de) and in the syllabus.

Recommended reading, Lecture notes

Lecture notes

Availability:  unavailable


Electronical lecture notes

Availability:  available
Additional information:
The slides are provided on ISIS on a weekly basis.



Recommended literature
No recommended literature given

Assigned Degree Programs

This module is used in the following Degree Programs (new System):

Studiengang / StuPOStuPOsVerwendungenErste VerwendungLetzte Verwendung
This module is not used in any degree program.


The module is taught in English. Zusätzliche Studiengänge: - Information Systems Management (Wirtschaftsinformatik) - Wissenschaftsmanagement - Industrial Economics - ICT Innovations