Business & Management MA(SocSci)/BSc/LLB/MA

Strategic Alliances and Joint Ventures MGT4099

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: Adam Smith Business School
  • Credits: 15
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course provides students with an understanding of the essentials related to (international) strategic alliances and joint ventures. It not only covers the key aspects (such as formation, organisation, and risks) of strategic alliances and joint ventures that business managers should be aware of but also gives opportunities for students to practice and share their own thinking through presentation and group work. This course is expected to be very informative and interactive.


Lectures: 6 x 2 hours.

Practical Classes: 4 x 2 hour case study workshops.

Please refer to MyCampus for timetable.

Excluded Courses




Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

The aims of this course are:

■ to provide an overview of key concepts and issues related to strategic alliances and joint ventures;

■ to explore why and how strategic alliances and joint ventures are formed, staffed, organised and managed;

■ to identify and critically analyse benefits and risks of using strategic alliances and joint ventures;

■ to identify and critically analyse the cultural, managerial and environmental differences in international strategic alliances and joint ventures, and the ways to address them to achieve alliance/venture success.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

1. Analyse and compare different strategic alliances and joint venture conceptualisations;

2. Identify and critically evaluate various types and structures of strategic alliances and joint ventures;

3. Identify, compare, and critically evaluate strategies to negotiate alliance and joint venture deals;

4. Explain and analyse the staffing, management and organisation of strategic alliances and joint ventures;

5. Develop students' transferable skills in identifying and explaining challenges and risks of strategic alliances and joint ventures, and evaluating and selecting means to address these challenges and risks;

6. Identify and explain governance structures (e.g., board of directors, partner relationship) of strategic alliances and joint ventures, and means to terminate alliance/venture contracts;

7. Work effectively to solve problems in groups, giving and receiving feedback, to produce an output.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits