International Management and Globalisation

Module description

This module is for students wishing to develop a better understanding of the management practices in an international context and the various forces influencing and transforming the competitive landscape of the global economy.  We will explore managerial processes, strategic approaches and cultural differences in international business operations – and the relevance to you and your future career.  You will be encouraged to reflect critically on your own values, assumptions and beliefs about globalization, culture and associated business issues, and to analyse theoretical concepts relating international management through case study work and independent research.  

Full module specification

Module title:International Management and Globalisation
Module code:BEM2018
Module level:2
Academic year:2017/8
Module lecturers:
  • Dr Andrew Parker - Convenor
Module credit:15
ECTS value:



None – but the content on this module builds on aspects of BEM1016



Duration of module: Duration (weeks) - term 1:


Module aims

The aims of this module are to:

• Provide an understanding of the economic, social, political and technological factors that influence and shape businesses operating in the global economy

• Explore managerial processes within the international business environment

• Critically examine key managerial issues for companies operating internationally – including managing across cultures, business structures and strategies, entering global markets, and international human resource management

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. explain the complexities that characterise international business operations
  • 2. analyse core theoretical concepts that relate to international business
  • 3. demonstrate awareness of the range of strategies available for managing a business in an international environment

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. critically evaluate the models, theories and concepts commonly used to analyse and understand international business
  • 5. select and synthesize material from a range of sources (both academic and practitioner based) to support key ideas and recommendations
  • 6. conduct research both independently and in groups

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 7. analyse, communicate and present ideas, principles and evidence (in both oral and written form) that support a reasoned and consistent argument
  • 8. work in cross-cultural teams

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
Contact hours22 (11 x 2 hours)Lectures
Contact hours6 (6 x 1 hour)Tutorials
Guided independent study30Preparatory reading - reading prior to lectures and tutorials
Guided Independent Study32Group work - preparation of assessed report and presentation
Guided Independent Study60Individual reading and research for final report

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Review of individual and group performance of business casesDuring tutorials1-8Verbal in class

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
Practical exam: Group presentation (groups of 5-6 students) and summary report3015 minutes presentation in week 6 or 7; group summary report (maximum 700 words)1-8Written and verbal feedback (group) from lecturer
Coursework: Research-based report70Individual or group report – to be agreed with lecturer. Individual report: up to 2000 words; Group of 2: up to 2500 words; Group of 3: up to 3000 words; Group of 4: up to 3500 words; Group of 5: up to 4000 words;1-7 (and 8 if work in groups)Written feedback (individual or group) from lecturer

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Practical exam: group presentation and summary report (30%)Individual 10-minute presentation and 700 word report (30%)1-7August assessment period
Coursework: research-based report (70%)Coursework: individual research-based 2000 word report (70%)1-7August assessment period

Re-assessment notes

Two assessments are required for this module. Where you have been referred/ deferred for the group presentation and report, you will prepare and deliver an individual presentation (either in person or electronically) and summary report. This will constitute 30% of the module mark.

Where you have been referred/ deferred for the research report, you will have the opportunity to submit a 2000 word report in August. This will constitute 70% of the module mark.

Syllabus plan

  • Introduction to international management and globalisation
  • International management and culture
  • Communicating and negotiating in a global environment
  • Ethics and corporate responsibility
  • Entering global business and making decisions
  • Managing risk
  • Managing global teams
  • Motivation and human resource management in the global context
  • Planning and implementing global strategy 

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Recommended texts:

  • Luthans, Fred & Doh, Jonathan (2012) International Management: Culture, Strategy and Behavior,(8th ed.), Boston: McGraw-Hill

Supplementary text:

  • Christopher, Elizabeth (2012) International Management: Explorations Across Cultures, London: Kogan Page

Further Reading:

  • Adler, N. with Gundersen, A. (2008) International Dimensions of Organizational Behaviour (5th ed.) , Boston, MA: PWS-Kent Publishing Company
  •  Cullen, John B. & Parboteeah,K.P (2014) Multinational Management: A Strategic Approach, (6th ed.), International Edition, South-Western Cengage Learning
  • Dicken, P. (2011) Global Shift (6th ed.) New York: The Guildford Press
  • Hill, Charles W.L. (2009) Global Business Today (6th ed.) Boston, Mass: McGraw-Hill
  • Lerbinger, O. (1013) The Global Manager Palgrave Macmillan
  • Mead, Richard & Andrews, Tim G. (2009) International Management (4th ed.) Chichester: Wiley
  • Schneider, S.C. & Barsoux, J.-L. (1997) Managing Across Cultures, Harlow: Prentice Hall
  • Warner, M. and Joynt, P. (2002) Managing Across Cultures (2nd ed.), Thomson Learning.

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