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Globalisation and Internationalisation

Module description

This module is designed to enable you to develop a better understanding of management and leadership in an international context and, increase your awareness of 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 to the international dimensions of organisational behaviour through case study work and independent research.  

Full module specification

Module title:Globalisation and Internationalisation
Module code:BEP3030
Module level:3
Academic year:2021/2
Module lecturers:
  • Dr David Monciardini - Convenor
Module credit:15
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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
  • Examine the ethical issues associated with global sourcing of labour, materials and production processes
  • Critically analyse a global economy from an environmentally sustainable and socially responsible perspective
  • Critically examine key managerial issues for companies operating internationally – including
  • Managing across cultures, business structures and strategies, entering global markets, multinational purchasing and supply, and international human resource management

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. explain the complexities that characterise international business operations and identify the challenge of managing globally
  • 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
  • 4. critically examine Globalisation as concept and recognise the process of globalisation

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

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

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 8. prepare and organise work both individually and in groups
  • 9. offer formative feedback to peers in an appropriate manner
  • 10. assemble evidence of your respect for other’s points of view and empathy
  • 11. share ideas and experiences from different disciplines/places/cultures/generations without prejudice and preconception
  • 12. clarify your own and others worldviews through dialogue, and recognize that alternative frameworks exist, for example cultural relativism
  • 13. creatively communicate key concepts and messages about globalisation in a business context
  • 14. effectively and efficiently manage digital information

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 hours20Lectures
Contact hours10Tutorials
Guided independent study120Group work, preparation of assessed report and presentation, plus Individual reading and research

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Guided inter- and intra-group peer review of individual and group performance1 x 30-minute session during tutorial time6-15Peer feedback
Structure outline/plan of research based report500 words1-5Written and verbal feedback from the tutor

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
Assessment 1: group presentation (groups of up to 5 students) and summary report3015 minutes presentation group summary report (maximum 700 words) 1-4Written feedback (group) from lecturer and peers
Assessment 2: research-based report 70Individual report – to be agreed with lecturer. up to 2000 words1,2,3,4,7 -14Written feedback from lecturer

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Assessment 1: group presentation and summary report (30%)Individual 15-minute presentation and 700 word report (30%)1-7,13,14July/August
Assessment 2: research-based report (70%)Coursework: individual research-based 2000 word report (70%)1,2,3,4,7,13,14July/August

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
  • Sustainability in a globalisation context
  • Ethics and corporate responsibility
  • Communicating and negotiating in a global environment
  • 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:

  • Cullen, John B. & Parboteeah, K.P, (2014) Multinational Management: A Strategic Approach, (6th ed.), International Edition, South-Western Cengage Learning
  • Daft, R., (2012) New Era of Management, (International Edition) Cengage
  • Luthans, F., & Doh, J.,  (2012) International Management: Culture, Strategy and Behavior, (8th ed.), Boston: McGraw-Hill


Supplementary text:

  • Christopher, E., (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
  • 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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