2023-2024 / GEST7001-1

International Management Seminar


24h Th

Number of credits

 Master in management (120 ECTS)4 crédits 
 Master in management (60 ECTS)4 crédits 
 Extra courses intended for exchange students (Erasmus, ...)4 crédits 


Martha Gabriela Contreras

Language(s) of instruction

English language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

In today's network economy no organisation is an island. Many ressources and processes that are important for the functioning and performance of organisations no longer reside within its own boundaries but are often (partially) controlled by others. As a result, oranisations are involved in many different types of inter-organisational relations and networks ranging from informal collaborations to formal strategic alliances. Given the rising prominence of such inter-organisational relations and networks in our economy, understanding the formation, functioning and consequences of them is of critical importance. The course International Management Seminar will equip you with such understanding.
More specifically, the course International Management Seminar touches upon three topics:
1. differentiating different types of inter-organisational relations and networks; 2. understanding the antecedents/causes of inter-organisational relations and networks; 3. understanding the consequences of inter-organisational relations and networks at the organisational level.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

After following this course students will be able to:
-) differentiate types of inter-organisational relations and networks;
-) explain under which circumstances organisations will engage in the various types of inter-organisational relationships and networks;
-) explain the consequences / outcomes of inter-organisational relations and networks at the organisational level;
-) apply a network analytical tool to visualise and analyse inter-organisational networks (i.e. UCINET);
-) interpret the results of statistical empirical analysis in the context of the study of inter-organisational networks;
-) apply, compare and contrast different network theories to study relevant economic and management problems.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The teaching methods used throughout the course consist of lectures. During the lectures, the lecturer presents the main theoretical concepts of inter-organisational networks. Lectures are interactive and you are expected to actively participate by answering the questions posed by the lecturer and by asking relevant questions.
There will also be computer demonstrations and exercises that you will be able to follow along to apply the knowledge gathered in the lectures through the use of a network analytical tool UCINET. It is therefore highly advised that you use your own laptop during class with UCINET installed.
For PC users:
https://sites.google.com/site/ucinetsoftware/downloads (use 32 bit version)
For Mac users:

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Remote course

Additional information:

Distance learning and INTERACTIVE lectures.
-) Attend classes;
-) Pay attention and do not play with your phone, laptop, tablet, etc;
-) Read all assigned literature prior to class;
-) Ask questions during class;
-) Take notes ! Do not rely on lecture slides only ;
-) Make sure you understand the theories and concepts used.

Recommended or required readings

- Textbook: Analyzing Social Networks by Borgatti, Everett and Johnson.
- A series of articles mentioned on the platform Lola.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( multiple-choice questionnaire )

Additional information:

This is a Master's-level course. It is taken for granted that students have a basic interest in the material and an enthusiastic attitude towards participation. It is expected that students attend each class, do the reading thoroughly and in advance and participate actively in class. It is also recommended that students read beyond the requirements of this course as much as possible.
There will be a series of computer demos that will be partly addressed during lectures.
There will be a final exam in January.
In particular, the final exam will count for 100% of the final grade.
The final examination is a closed book exam and it will include comprehensive questions assessing your understanding of the course content. It will include both numerical and theoretical questions. Moreover, the exam may contain case study type of questions, testing whether you are able to master the big picture regarding inter-organisational networks.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


Gabriela Contreras, PhD and lecturer
Radboud University Nijmegen School of Management
Pauline Depraetere, teaching assistant

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