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University of Exeter Business School

Managing Around the World

Module titleManaging Around the World
Module codeMBAM935B
Academic year2023/4
Module staff

Ms Jackie Bagnall (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks

5 days

Number students taking module (anticipated)


Module description

Managing around the World module focuses on exploring how things get done in a cross-cultural world, and how to work more effectively through networks and relationships.

The programme is in 3 parts: the purpose and nature of managerial work; field visits to local companies; and application to your own circumstances. The contribution of each individual is the key to this event with participants from Executive MBA programmes at leading international business schools from around the world.

This module is delivered in a different country each year, but taught by a Professor Emeritus of the University of Exeter and supporting guest speakers under University of Exeter regulations. Participants from a number of other MBA programmes around the world (including

Mexico, Slovenia, Ireland and South Africa) are invited to attend with a view to exchanging management ideas and practice.

Internationalisation: This module, run in partnership with other businesses, is designed to take place in a different country each year. In previous years, the module has taken place in Mexico, Slovenia, Iceland, Japan, Canada, Chile and South Africa. The whole module is about management and how it is done around the world, so you will acquire a global perspective.

Sustainability: One of the lectures discusses how to embed sustainability into the core of the business. In the past, students have also raised sustainability issues they face in managing a business.

External engagement: Participants visit local companies and are joined in class by executives from these and other organisations for enquiries into cultural and commercial factors affecting managerial approaches in the host country.

Employability: This module gives you an international perspective as you learn how to manage around the world, and your experience of working in international teams helps in career enhancement. The external company visits and talks enable you to examine how managing is done, relate these insights to your own managerial challenges, observe management in practice, compare perspectives, and compare your findings in terms of relevant models and theories.

Ethics and Corporate Responsibility: the module will look at ethics as part of the field visits to companies and the co-consulting process that examines the moral predicaments that participants face in their managerial roles.

Research in Teaching: the module draws on published and in-process research by the module leader, specifically into managerial mind-sets, leadership of various forms of organization, and multi-national supply-chain management. It also engages you in independent research to produce a case study.

Module aims - intentions of the module

This module is concerned with leadership and community-ship for planet-minded managers. The aims of this module are: to probe, reflect on and share experiences and styles of managing in culturally and ecologically-varied environments; to identify and compare the personal management styles of participants; to elicit practical guidance to help them in their current managerial and career challenges; to study critically how managers can contribute to more planet-minded business and community practices.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. evaluate the degree to which dominant forms of management are shaped by cultural and environmental issues;
  • 2. demonstrate how practising managers can apply theoretical approaches to management in a global context and learn from immediate proximity with colleagues from around the world;
  • 3. recognise the contribution that managers can make to improve the environmental, social and economic sustainability of business and public organisations.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 4. develop a critical view of cross-cultural management;
  • 5. analyse and interpret organisation cultures and management styles;
  • 6. evaluate revised models of managing international teams against strategic, organisational and leadership theory.

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 7. take a global outlook: apply creative intelligence and ethical imagination to complex problems to ensure that environmental and social governance is taken into account;
  • 8. apply critical thinking: present and defend strategic analyses in multiple forms (written, verbal, digital) based on case material, desk based and empirical research;
  • 9. work with a collaborative mind-set: give and receive feedback at all levels in a confident and respectful manner. Work inclusively across multi-cultural groups to research, explore and prepare a persuasive argument against an assignment or client brief;
  • 10. develop an ethical perspective: improve personal effectiveness through consciously and diligently making decisions on behalf of all stakeholders, environmental, social and financial;
  • 11. demonstrate technological and digital literacy: identify and apply relevant technologies to source, process and communicate accurate information.

Syllabus plan

  • Introduction.
  • Personal and managerial challenges.
  • Managing – what is it?
  • Styles of managing.
  • Managing across cultures and countries and in response to global challenges.
  • Observation and listening skills.
  • The purposes and results of managerial work, and its contribution to ‘one planet’ business.
  • Field visits to organisations followed by analysis and presentation of findings.
  • Friendly consulting on managerial, career and organisational issues raised by participants.
  • Revising models of managing.
  • Reframing managerial mind-sets and progressing the challenges of developing community-ship as well as leadership.
  • Personal action plans

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching35Lectures
Guided Independent Study115Reading, Research and Writing

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Presentation (Group)20 minutes7-11Oral feedback

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Reflective Assignment (Individual)1004,000 words1-10Written feedback

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Reflective assignment (individual) (100%)Resubmission of individual assignment (4000 words) (100%)1-106 weeks after briefing

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Bolden, R., Hawkins, B., Gosling, J. and Taylor, S. (2011) Exploring Leadership, Oxford: Oxford University Press

Mintzberg, H (2009) Managing, San Franciso: Berrett Koehler

Gosling, J. and Mintzberg, H. (2006). Management Education as if both matter. In: Management Learning, Vol. 37(4), 419-428.

Mintzberg, H (2004) A Curious Plan, in: Mintzberg, H. Managers not MBAs, Berrett Koehler pp. 239-241.

Gosling, J and H Mintzberg (2003) The Five Minds of a Manager, Harvard Business Review, November, pp 54-63.

Key words search

Leadership; community-ship; global challenges; planet minded

Credit value15
Module ECTS


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