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Business Entry Strategies, International

Course Code: BUSN 3500
Faculty: Commerce & Business Administration
Department: Business
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Seminar
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course examines how to analyze and evaluate potential markets based on a company’s specific abilities and requirements, and then create a plan to enter the most suitable markets smoothly and with confidence. Before entering any foreign market, a well-researched and well-planned strategy is required. The chosen strategy must be successfully implemented and managed, which includes demonstrating cultural competence and complying with applicable local and international laws.

Course Content

  1. Selecting a market entry strategy
  2. Finding the right partners
  3. Preparing an international business plan
  4. Establishing and managing direct and indirect exporting
  5. Establishing and managing franchisee/licensee relationships
  6. Negotiating contracts and partners agreements
  7. Establishing and managing foreign direct investments
  8. Managing international business operations
  9. Legal considerations in international trade
  10. International contracts and partnership agreements
  11. Protection of intellectual property in international trade
  12. Ethical considerations in international trade
  13. Aligning international initiatives with best practices and legal requirements
  14. Understanding culture’s impact on international trade
  15. Developing intercultural relationships

Methods of Instruction

Lectures, discussions, case study analysis, class presentations, and guest lectures on industry-specific subjects.

Means of Assessment

Assignment(s)/Case Study(ies)/Quiz(zes)                    10 - 35%

Term Case Presentation                                              10 - 35%

Examinations                                                             30 - 60%*

Participation                                                              0 - 10%


* no one examination may be worth more than 40%

50% of non-exam assessments must be for individual work
Note: students must achieve a grade of at least 50% on the combined exam components to pass the course.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course the successful student will be able to;

  1. Perform a corporate strategic needs assessment;
  2. Select the most advantageous market entry strategy based on research and analysis of options and potential issues;
  3. Develop an international business plan including key business strategies with metrics to monitor success;
  4. Create a strategic plan for market entry using the international business plan;
  5. Develop, implement and monitor an organizational code of ethics/conduct that complies with relevant legal, political, regulatory and cultural norms;
  6. Establish and manage strategic alliances through use of research, evaluation, negotiation and continued communication;
  7. Use knowledge of target market’s culture to establish and maintain productive business relationships;
  8. Manage direct and indirect exports to maximize profit and ensure efficient distribution and control;
  9. Negotiate and manage foreign direct investment arrangements such as foreign mergers and acquisitions; and
  10. Plan for foreign franchising and licensing opportunities. 

course prerequisites

BUSN 1210 OR currently active in the:
PDD International Business Management or
PBD International Supply Chain Management.





curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.