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Advances in International Business and Management

Module description

In this final year module, you will explore the future of business and management in an increasingly international and global context.  It will relate the theory of international business to practical case study examples in order to explore the opportunities and challenges in a globalised economy. You will explore a diverse range of global contemporary issues, including corporate governance in a global context, globalisation and anti-globalisation movements, corporate social responsibility, equality and diversity, environmental protection, global crises and emerging forms of working.

Full module specification

Module title:Advances in International Business and Management
Module code:BEM3068
Module level:3
Academic year:2021/2
Module lecturers:
Module credit:15
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Duration of module: Duration (weeks) - term 1:


Module aims

The aim of this module is to equip you with a comprehensive, diverse and critical understanding and awareness of contemporary international business and management practice. We will engage you with both long standing and emerging research through the lecture and seminar programme and develop your ability to critically analyse international business contexts and issues.


You will identify and appreciate the global challenges that businesses face while taking a global perspective in your critical review process.


During this module, you will acquire confidence and skills in presenting, writing reports, conducting independent research, working in teams, managing conflicts, and working to deadlines. You will also get an understanding and experience of working in informal networks, coaching, peer review, and reflective writing.


This module will recognise and investigate sustainability related issues within the international context, and where relevant will make links to Exeter’s sustainability research groups.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Critically evaluate international business and management theory against real world examples
  • 2. Identify and analyse the key advances, opportunities and challenges for businesses in a globalised economy
  • 3. Develop critical understanding of the range of global contemporary issues and developments that inform and impact international business and management

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. Analyse environments that organisations are located and operate within, demonstrating awareness of international business behaviour and practice
  • 5. Critically evaluate the models, theories and concepts used in exploring and understanding the international business context
  • 6. Apply a range of models, theories and concepts in order to understand and/or justify international business

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 7. Work both on independent assignments and within group-based contexts, developing your ability to work positively with others, managing any conflict arising
  • 8. Select and synthesize material from a range of sources (both academic and practitioner based) to support key ideas and recommendations
  • 9. Present in-depth analysis in both written and verbal forms
  • 10. Analyse, communicate and present ideas, principles and evidence that support a reasoned and consistent argument

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
Lectures14Whole cohort lecture sessions
Tutorials11Small group sessions organised around content areas and study skills
Guided Independent Study125Reading, research and discussion

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Tutor feedback on draft group presentations1 side of A4 outlining the focus and structure of the presentation, academic and secondary sources and individual contributions1-2,4,7-9Written feedback from lecturer

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
Group presentation3015 minutes presentation and 1000 word summary written report1-2,4,7-9Written and verbal
Individual report703000 words3,5-10Written

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Group reportIndividual 2000 word written report1-2,4,7-9July/August
Individual reportIndividual 3000 word written report3,5-10July/August

Re-assessment notes

A student will be referred in all components of the assessment that they have failed, if the student fails the module with an overall mark below 40%.

A student if deferred via a single component will be re-assessed in that component only.

Syllabus plan

Indicative content for this module includes:

  • International management and culture
  • Globalisation and anti-globalisation
  • Perspectives on Global Trading - Brexit/Nationalism
  • Crisis and international markets
  • Global corporate governance and regulation
  • Business ethics and socially/environmentally responsible business
  • Communicating and negotiating in a global environment
  • Entering global business and making decisions
  • Equality and diversity
  • International forms of working

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Recommended texts:

  • Daft, R., (2016) New Era of Management, (International Edition) Cengage
  • Luthans, F., & Doh, J., (2017) International Management: Culture, Strategy and Behaviour, (10th ed.), Boston: McGraw-Hill
  • Ritzer, G. (Ed.). (2016). The Blackwell companion to globalization. John Wiley & Sons.
  • Ritzer, G., & Dean, P. (2021). Globalization: A basic text.John Wiley & Sons.

Further Reading:

  • Dicken, P., (2014) Global Shift (7th ed.) Sage Publications
  • Hill, Charles W.L., (2011) Global Business Today (7th ed.) Boston, Mass.: McGraw-Hill
  • Lerbinger, O., (2013) 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

Relevant Academic Journals:

  • Harvard Business Review
  • International Business Review
  • Journal of International Management
  • Academy of Management Journal
  • Journal of International Business Studies
  • Journal of World Business
  • Strategic Management Journal
  • Management and Organization Review
  • International Management Review
  • International Studies of Management and Organization
  • International Journal of Cross-Cultural Management
  • Cross-Cultural & Strategic Management
  • Academy of Management Review
  • Academy of Management Perspectives

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Indicative learning resources - Other resources

  • Students are expected to keep up to date with contemporary issues for International Business by accessing current (and historical) news and opinion articles from reputable international sources and referencing these appropriately.
  • Good analysis of contemporary events affecting international business can be found in The Economist (available online) and quality newspapers such as the Financial Times.

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