3 ECTS credits
75 h study time

Offer 1 with catalog number 8020297GNR for all students in the 1st semester at a (G) Postgraduate - preliminary level.

1st semester
Enrollment based on exam contract
Grading method
Grading (scale from 0 to 20)
Can retake in second session
Taught in
Faculty of Economic & Social Sciences & Solvay BS
ES Academische eenheid
Educational team
Patrick Uyttendaele (course titular)
Activities and contact hours
21 contact hours Lecture
Course Content

The course deals with the multitude of aspects that are part of the Investment Analysis and Plant Location Decision Making process: investment decision, location decision methodology, critical factor analysis, investment climate analysis, financial decision methodology, risk analysis. Because of the course’s practical orientation, the final chapter is all about implementation.

Content overview:

  • Investment Decision and Value creation
  • Investment Decision and Management
  • Location Decision Methodology
  • Project Definition
  • Critical Factor Analysis
  • Investment Climate Analysis
  • Financial Decision Methodology
  • Risk Analysis
  • Implementation
Course material
Digital course material (Required) : Hand-outs: GUILD-PLI database on FDI
Additional info

Study material

Case studies: location studies in South East Asia

Hand-outs: GUILD-PLI database on FDI

ATK Global Services Location Index

In function of specific interest (services, industry..) of the students

Complementary study material

The Financial Decision Methodology based on Discounted Cash Flow

Learning Outcomes

General Competences

Foreign Direct Investment is a major growth component of all organisations that want to strengthen their position outside their home market.

As a result of this course the students will acquire a practical understanding of the International Investment Analysis and Location Decision Process.


The final grade is composed based on the following categories:
Other Exam determines 100% of the final mark.

Within the Other Exam category, the following assignments need to be completed:

  • Group paper with a relative weight of 100 which comprises 100% of the final mark.

Additional info regarding evaluation


Allowed unsatisfactory mark
The supplementary Teaching and Examination Regulations of your faculty stipulate whether an allowed unsatisfactory mark for this programme unit is permitted.

Academic context

This offer is part of the following study plans:
Postgraduate Certificate Economic Diplomacy: Standaard traject
Postgraduate Certificate International Trade and Investment: Standaard traject
Postgraduate Certificate Flagship Programme in Economic Diplomacy and International Business: Standaard traject