Globalization of Knowledge Intensive Enterprises

7.5 credits

The course is positioned on the global expansion of enterprises (business, social and non-profit organizations), that is strategy and business operations towards firms, organizations and other market actors, excluding strategy and business operations towards individual consumers. These actors include suppliers, customers, agents, sub-contractors, public and private actors who influence business, regulators, governmental institutions, and culture. The course discusses the role of network relationships in the internationalization of small knowledge-intensive Enterprises (SKIEs) by highlighting their local and often spatially concentrated network relationships, which can serve as a significant local resource. Little is known in this regard with respect to a cultural economy context. Primarily based on an inclusion of live-cases from the Nordic Area. Two issues are dealt with in the course: (a) how local network relationships – such as those within clusters or industrial districts – are developed and (b) the impact that these relationships have on the internationalization of SKIEs, specifically in respect to enhancing international competitiveness. Three effects of local network relationships on the internationalization of SKIFs, viz., reputation-related, quality-related and networking benefits, are highlighted.

The course period starts with Welcome and Orientation Programme 12-13 July, 2019


The city of Kalmar is situated on the southeast coast of Sweden. Kalmar is a beautiful city with 65,000 inhabitants and a long history dating back to the Middle Ages, with many cosy neighbourhoods and great charm. The lush green areas surrounding Kalmar Castle and the city park are many students' favourite.

The proximity to the ocean and the island of Öland has left its mark on the city and there are many long pedestrian paths along the coast. It is never far to anything in Kalmar and most places can be reached in just 5-10 minutes' walk – the university, the ocean, the gym, or the city centre, Kvarnholmen.

In Kalmar the university buildings and student accommodations are spread throughout the town and are well integrated with the historical surroundings – making students feel part of the town.