International Business

Structure of the programme

Studying at Avans offers you the opportunity to specialise. Some programmes require you to choose your major before you start. All study programmes give you the chance to follow a minor in year 3 or 4. This will help you broaden or deepen your knowledge. Below you find the majors and minors for this study programme. You can also opt for a minor from a different programme, unless your programme has a compulsory minor.

Modules van deze opleiding

Minor International Entrepreneurship

This minor deals with setting-up, running and managing a start-up in an international setting.

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If you are interested in finding out if you are a young entrepreneur, you are invited to come and start your business as part of the International Entrepreneurship minor. You will set up, run and manage a start-up in an international setting. You are expected to show a high level of proactivity and independence in this programme, as these are essential entrepreneurial behaviour characteristics. At the end of this 20-week programme, you will know if you have created a sustainable business.

Minor International Business Operations

This minor focuses on how businesses should organise their international operations.

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International business is characterised by rapid changes and the growing importance of international markets. The continuous removal of barriers to trade and investment, the growth of international strategic alliances, major technological advances and falling communications costs, the growth of e-commerce, improvements in transportation and logistics, and the increasing globalisation of business are opening up new opportunities for businesses ranging from one-person operations to corporate giants. With a viable product or service, even the smallest business can now find potential customers and means of distribution across the globe. This programme will focus on how businesses should organise their international operations. You will analyse their environment and learn how and where companies can expand their activities. You will learn to take economic, legal, financial and management processes and decisions into account.

Minor International Public Affairs & Stakeholder Management

This minor deals with the interaction between international business, governments and civil society. You learn how to take their interests into consideration in your decision-making.

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'Public affairs is a term used to describe an organisation's relationship with stakeholders. Public affairs practitioners engage stakeholders in order to explain organisational policies and views on public policy issues, and assist policy makers and legislators in amending or laying down better policy and legislation. They provide statistical and factual information and lobby on issues which could impact upon the organisation's ability to operate successfully.'

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The International Public Affairs & Stakeholder Management (IPASM) minor lets you step into this exciting world. After completing this programme, you are aware of the interaction between international business, governments and civil society. You know how to take their interests into consideration in your decision-making on the corporate level to assure a successful, competitive and sustainable international business strategy on the long term. You can apply lobby and advocacy strategies to influence international policy makers and legislators to implement international policy and legislation that supports your international business strategy.