Course Information Undergraduate prospectus

International Business Management

Course summary

Course code: BUSI1346
Level: 6
Credits: 30
School: Business Faculty
Department: International Bus and Economics
Course Coordinator(s): Michael Wynn-Williams

Specification

Aims

To give students a clear insight into the major external environmental factors governing international business management. To provide an understanding of various management functions in an international context at both a conceptual and a practical level.

Learning outcomes

1 Knowledge and understanding of the rationale for internationalisation. Managing international operations.
2 Managing environmental and financial risk for investment.
3 Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) – horizontal and vertical FDI, managing host regulation of FDI. Managing strategic dilemmas.
4 Relationship between modes of entry, environment and strategy.
5 Managing international strategic alliances.
6 Organisational structure and culture.

Indicative content

• The rationale for going international. • Measuring and managing environmental risk. • The rise of foreign direct investment (FDI). • Managing strategic dilemmas. • Relationship between modes of entry, environment and strategy. • Managing international strategic alliances. • Organisation structure and culture. • Control systems and incentives in international contexts. • National and international accounting standards and the consequences of differing standards. • Investment decisions and financing decisions. • Techniques for global money management. • Managing foreign exchange risk. • Human resource considerations in internationally-oriented companies. • Managing international operations.

Teaching and learning activity

The course will be delivered through a weekly lecture and a tutorial. Lectures will provide a comprehensive conceptual framework of the all key areas of international management. Tutorials will focus on the discussion of case studies, the exploration of issues, and student presentations and will involve tutor led discussions, group work and role play. Directed and self-managed learning and research will take place outside lectures and tutorials. Students will work in groups of 4-5 for preparation and presentations.

Scheduled contact hours include: practical classes and guest speakers taking place in lectures (24) and tutorials (24). Other non-scheduled time: guided independent study Include in preparation for scheduled sessions, follow up work, wider reading or practice, revision. Other non-scheduled time: engagement with international businesses.

Assessment

Exam - 40% weighting, 40% pass mark.

Essay - 40% weighting, 40% pass mark. 3000 words.

Business Engagement - 20% weighting, 40% pass mark.
Students present in-class in small groups and submit reflections individually.

Students are not required to pass all summative assessments in order to pass the course.

Formative Assessment - Business Engagement: Part 1 is a presentation based on the group findings. The feedback from this will inform the reflection exercise, which is summative.