International business is nowadays characterised by rapid changes and the growing importance of international markets. In the last quarter of the twentieth century, international business has known a revolution in global competition. In Europe, we have recently witnessed the transition to a common currency: the Euro. China joined the World Trade Organization and forms, together with almost 150 other countries, the largest trade organization ever. Many companies are driven by the need to capture economies greater than nationale scale.
New opportunity for business
Continued lowering of barriers to trade and investment, the growth of international strategic alliances, major technological advances and lowered costs in communications, the emergence of e-commerce, improvements in transportation and logistics, and the increasing globalisation of business open new opportunities for businesses. Ranging from one-person operations to corporate giants. With a viable product or service, the smallest business can now find potential customers and means of distribution across the globe.
The minor is part of year 3 of the International Business and Management Studies programme at Avans University of Applied Sciences in Breda. The group of students consists of a mix of Dutch and foreign students. In 2014 we had a total of 24 different nationalities in the programme.
The curriculum of this exchange programme is currently being revised. More information will be made available in May 2018.