MSc Business and Development Studies (BaDS)
Business and Development studies (BaDS) is an interdisciplinary graduate program that focuses on strategy, management and organization related to developing countries and emerging markets.
As the global economy’s center of gravity shifts toward developing countries and emerging markets, there is a growing need for managers and policy makers around the world to understand business and entrepreneurial activity in these countries. The Business and Development Studies programme seek to train students to understand, analyze and manage business and entrepreneurial activity in emerging market contexts.
The BaDs programme
The BaDS programme focuses on multi-national corporations (MNCs) and local firms in developing countries, and the interaction between MNCs and local firms. The interaction of business and development is examined from entrepreneurial, management and governance perspectives. The programme analyzes topics such as business and sustainability, MNC strategic management, global value chains, corporate social responsiblity, entrepreneurship and innovation, and industrial policy.
The programme is research-based and represents the newest perspectives and insights at the intersection between Business Studies and Development Studies. It motivates and qualifies graduates to fill analytical and managerial positions in firms and organizations working with business and entrepreneurial activity in developing countries: MNCs expanding into and startups seeking opportunities in emerging markets, consultancy firms and NGOs working in developing countries, and government and international organizations working with private sector development policy and regulation.
BaDS Field Study course
A flagship course of the BaDs program is the elective course Field Study: Entrepreneurship and Private Sector Development in Uganda, where 24 selected students travel to Uganda for three weeks to do field research together with students from Makerere University Business School in Uganda. During this course students get the opportunity to apply theories and methods from business and development studies to a practical situation and to strengthen their intercultural skills.
CBDS members have contributed to a range of teaching cases, which encourage students to critically reflect on the role of business in sustainable development.
Building a 'Milky Way' from Denmark to Latin America and the Caribbean, by Jacobo Ramirez and Sven Modrow (2015)
Wakaliwood: The Hollywood of Uganda, by Marcus Moller Larsen and Rebecca Namatovu (2020)
Strategies in Emerging Markets - A Casebook on Danish Multinational Corporations in China and India, by Michael Wendelboe Hansen, Marcus Møller Larsen, Torben Pedersen and Peter Wad (2010)
Bestseller: Facing a New Competitive Landscape in China, by Michael W Hansen; Torben Pedersen and Marcus Moller Larsen (2011)
Vestas and the Indigenous Communities in Oaxaca, Mexico: Clean Energy Gets Messy, Jacobo Ramirez and Tania Vester (2013)