Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24
Available as a Free Standing Elective
Year 1 Introduction to International Business MAN-10023Year 1 The Global Business Environment MAN-10022
This module focuses on the Multinational Corporation (MNC)and its management. In particular political-historical, cultural and language/communication related aspects will be examined through the use of empirical case studies. Appropriate theoretical frameworks will be used to identify the key skills and competences that managers and other agents in the MNC need to develop in order to manage it effectively.
To introduce students to the Multinational Corporation (MNC) as a key organisational form of international business;To provide insights into the operational activities of an MNC;To theorise MNCs from different perspectives (e.g. rational-economic; cultural, political);To examine the key skills required by agents of the MNC to operate it effectively.
Intended Learning Outcomes
Analyse MNC operations from rational, cultural and political perspectives: 1,2Identify the skills that managers and agents of MNCs need in order to deal with these complexities and contextual ambiguities: 1,2Understand the complexities of MNCs operations such as in cross-border mergers and aquisitions; international joint ventures, knowledge transfer: 1,2
12 hours of large learning sessions12 hours of small group sessions60 hours for guided reading 66 hours for assignment preparation and completion
1: Assignment weighted 70%
Description of Module Assessment
An essay, based on empirical case studies discussed in classWrite a 1,000 ¿ 1,500-word essay (excluding references), based on at least two empirical case studies discussed in class, discussing the role of cultural diversity in international business. Your essay should include an appropriate use of international business literature and models discussed in class.2: Assignment weighted 30%
A reflective essay based on identifying and discussing key competences and skills required for international managementWrite an 800 ¿ 1,000-word reflective essay (excluding references), evaluating the notion that all international business interactions can be conducted in the English language. Your discussion needs to include reflections on the role of English in international business. You are advised to use an appropriate reflective model (i.e., Driscoll, John, Kolb or Gibb¿s reflective models).