International Management and Organisational Functions

Module summary

Module code: BUSI1346
Level: 6
Credits: 30
School: Business Faculty
Department: International Bus and Economics
Module 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

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:

1. Critically analyse the rationale for internationalisation and international operations.
2. Manage environmental and financial risk for investment.
3. Make Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) assessments – distinguishing between horizontal and vertical FDI.
4. Critically analyse the relationship between modes of entry, environment and strategy.
5. Evaluate the management of international strategic alliances.
6. Assign organisational structures to corporate strategies and include considerations of international cultural diversity.

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.