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Unit information: International Management in 2015/16

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Unit name International Management
Unit code EFIMM0013
Credit points 15
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Professor. Beaverstock
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Management
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

The aim of this new unit is to provide students with a practical knowledge and clear understanding of the principles and processes of international management in multinational enterprises and transnational firms that function within a rapidly globalizing and competitive world.

The new unit will develop the student’s critical awareness of the emergence, strategy and locational dynamics of multinational enterprise and transnational firms in the modern global business environment, transecting both the developed and developing economies. The Unit will focus on: globalization, regulation and the global business environment; theories of MNE and internationalisation; MNE strategy and managing across borders; knowledge management; global staffing and IHRM; the ‘war for talent’; and, cross-cultural international management issues. The unit will also provide the opportunity for students to interrogate contemporary case studies across different sectors of the economy, which will further develop their practical, analytical and key skills for the challenges of the modern workplace.

Intended Learning Outcomes

a) critically evaluate theories associated with international management issues in multinational enterprises and transnational firms in both developing and developed world contexts;

b) analyse the international management strategies/styles of multinational enterprises and transnational firms across a range of different economic sectors and international contexts;

c) relate concepts/theories of international management to practical, real-world examples;

d) be reflective and reflexive in the learning process;

e) develop effective communication, written and oral, and planning skills;

f) be effective at self-management with respect to their own student-centred learning and time-management skills.

Teaching Information

This unit will include weekly lectures, supported by tutorial/seminar classes.

Assessment Information

One 3000 word coursework assignment which will involve an element of case analysis and will assess a student’s ability to:

  • Explain and discuss relevant international management theory
  • Appraise key theories and concepts critically from both theoretical and practical perspectives
  • Evaluate critically theories associated with international management issues in multinational enterprises
  • Explore the implications of international management concepts/theories to practice and process

Reading and References

Bartlett, C. A. and Beamish, P.W. (2013) Transnational management: texts, cases and relationships in cross-border management McGraw-Hill, New York (7th Edition).

Collinson, S. and Morgan, G. (2009) The multinational firm Wiley & Son, Chichester

Forsgren, M (2013) Theories of the multinational firm: a multidimensional creature in the global economy (2nd Edition) Edward Elgar, Cheltenham (2nd Edition).

Gooderham, P.N., Grogaard, B. and Nordhaug, O. (2013) International management: theory and practice Edward Elgar, Cheltenham.

Hollinshead, G. (2010) International and comparative human resource management McGraw-Hill, New York.

Scullion, H. and Collings, D. G. (eds.) (2006) Global staffing Routledge, London.

Useful journals

  • Economic Geography
  • The Economist
  • The Financial Times
  • International Journal of Human Resource Management
  • Journal of Cross-Cultural Management
  • Journal of Economic Geography
  • Journal of International Business Studies
  • Journal of International Management
  • Journal of World Business
  • Thunderbird International Business Review