Globalizing Business

As globalization is ever-increasing, organizations demand you are not only aware of this development and its consequences, but also have the tools to deal with it in a business context. This programme deals with the opportunities and risks that are available in the international business landscape. The role of the students is that of an aspiring consultant, advising businesses on developing successful international strategies, spotting opportunities and entering new markets. This minor trains you to become an entrepreneur, business developer or consultant, able to develop effective business strategies in an international context. You will develop the acumen for managing innovation, entrepreneurship and sustainability.


All you need to enter this programme is an interest in business and management, a curious attitude and a willingness to interact with different cultures & work in learning teams. The Globalizing Business minor program is open for business and non-business students. 

The Examination Board determines which minors do not have a higher professional education level and/or have an unacceptable overlap with the compulsory curriculum of your own study programme. Check at the page Not allowed minor courses under your institute which minors are not allowed. This page will be updated from 25 February 2023 for the 2023-2024 minor offer. 


Globalizing Business deals with the integration of different markets and the changing landscape for organizations. In this minor, we look at how businesses can be innovative and socially responsible and find opportunities to internationalize in a globalizing world. 

Central to this minor is the European Union-funded project INTENSE (International Entrepreneurship Skills Europe), focused on the internationalization of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME). You will take up the role of consultant and give real business advise on how to internationalize in Europe. This project is done in cooperation with student teams from our partner universities in Finland, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Croatia, Switzerland and France. This minor program will firmly establish that you have the theoretical background and the skills and attitude needed to work in international business and in an international team. 

Learning objectives

This minor addresses a large variety of learning objectives, mainly at levels 2 and 3: 

  • Consultancy skills level 2 
  • International Business knowledge level 3 
  • Project Management skills level 2 
  • Change and Innovation Management Skills level 2 
  • Communication Skills level 3 
  • Sustainable business management knowledge level 3 
  • Professional attitude level 2 


The programme consists of the following courses: 

Title  ECTS 
Consultancy  5 
Managing Change and Innovation  5 
Topics in International Business  5 
Business in Society  5 
Global Management Project  10 


You will be assessed through: 

  • Professional portfolio 
  • Reports 
  • Presentations (traditional, pitch style, poster and role play) 
  • Collaboration with the professional field for the project. 


  • Mintzberg, H. (2013). Simply Managing What Managers Do – and Can Do Better. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc. 
  • Daft, R., Murphy J. &, Willmott, H. (2020). Organization Theory & Design: An International Perspective, 4th Edition. Cengage 
  • Raworth, K. (2017). Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist. Random House UK.  
  • Anderson, C. (2018), TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking. John Murray Press 
  • Ghemawat, P. (2007). Redefining Global Strategy: Crossing Borders in a World where Differences Still Matter. Harvard Business Press. 
  • Hamidizadeh, M. R., & Zargaranyazd, M. (2014). Analyzing International Readiness of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises. Central European Business Review, 3(4), 43. 
  • Meyer, K., & Peng, M. W. (2016). International business. Cengage Learning. 
  • Nidumolu, R., Prahalad, C. K., & Rangaswami, M. R. (2009). Why Sustainability Is Now the Key Driver of Innovation. (cover Story). Harvard Business Review, 87(9), 56–64. 
  • Osterwalder, A., Pigneur, Y., & Clark, T. (2010). Business model generation: a handbook for visionaries, game changers, and challengers. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley. 
  • Stroh, L.K. & Johnson H. H. (2006): The Basic Principles of Effective Consulting. Lawrence Erlbaum Publishers: London 
  • Vangen, S., & Huxham, C. (2003). Nurturing Collaborative Relations: Building Trust in Interorganizational Collaboration. The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 39(1), 5–31. 
  • Lewicki, R. (2022). Essentials of Negotiation 5th (fifth) edition. 
  • Why are transferable skills so important? (n.d.). Michael Page. 


There will be 4 teaching days, which days is not known yet.

With the exception of the first teaching period of the academic year (starting September), the lesson and test schedules are always posted on Mijn Rooster four weeks before the start of each teaching period. The schedule for the first teaching period of the academic year can be found on the site three weeks before the start. The most up-to-date schedule is always visible on Mijn Rooster. 

At HU, full-time education may be scheduled between 08:30 and 19:00.

Additional costs

All reading material will be provided. No additional costs are required. 


This minor course is marked by the Green Office as a sustainable minor. This means that by participating in this minor course, you can contribute to one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals from the UN.


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