a. Knowledge and understanding. The course aims at making students able to understand the endogenous and exogenous changes regarding the multinational enterprise. The necessary way to reach it can be divided in four steps: a) to learn the behavior of the firm according to industrial organization; b) to analyze the multinational enterprise, even as a leading firm of a global value chain; c) to assess and to to understand the rules of working of an international global value chain; d) to examine the public attitude, both at a State and at supranational institution level, towards firms, by way of industry, innovation, energy and environment policies. The analysis of case studies for relevant industries (automotive and photovoltaic), for single countries or for relationships between countries provides examples of what is studied. By grasping such competences the student can understand the effective behavior of the current enterprise more easily.
b. Applying knowledge and understanding. At the end of the course the students obtain competences about the features of an enterprise working in the international market (including public policies towards it) and attitudes to gain a job within the management of a multinational enterprise or within the board of a national or supranational institution actively dealing with enterprises.
c. Making judgements. By the course the students become able to make judgments allowing them to analyze and foresee the bunch of the conducts of the multinational enterprises and of the public policies towards them. Moreover the student presentations allows them to making judgements to choose the topic of their presentation and to present what they feel the more interesting issues.
d. Communication skills. The course instructs the students to deal with people within the multinational enterprise and to participate to the dialog between public boards and firms. Furthermore within the course from time to time a group of students has to present its contribution to the other students, and manage the discussion during the hour latterly. All this is expected to strengthen the communication skills of the students.
e. Learning skills. The course teaches the students how to learn, pushing them to search other-than-book information sources like newspapers or Internet sites and news; to listen to different speakers, and even to follow more advanced courses with a respectable level of independence.