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Unit information: International Business Management in 2020/21

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Unit name International Business Management
Unit code EFIM20003
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Johns
Open unit status Not open




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

Description including Unit Aims

International Business (IB) seeks to illuminate students’ understanding of the contemporary IB issues and challenges posed to managers and organization operating across national borders. The unit will be highly interactive and will cover issues such as the role of multinationals and foreign entry strategies. The units will also provide opportunity for students to develop their analytical and transferable skills. By the end of the unit, students would have developed the skills to critically evaluate issues and challenges facing organizations operating across national borders.

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, students will have:

  • The capacity to contribute to the development and review of international business strategy.
  • The skills to evaluate critically functional activities of international business organizations.
  • A deeper understanding of international business and cross-cultural management issues.
  • Acquired analytical and transferable skills through written and oral presentations.

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions including lectures, tutorials, drop-in sessions, discussion boards and other online learning opportunities.

Assessment Information

15 minute Group presentation (30%) submitted as video presentations. 2500 individual essay. Formative feedback throughout course through completion of online exercises, dicussion in groups and individual discussion of essays.

Reading and References

Essential Reading:

  • Hill, C. W.L. (2010). International Business: Competing in the Global Marketplace. McGraw-Hill Education.
  • Ball, D. A., McCulloch, W.H., Geringer, J. M., Minor, M.S. and McNett, J. M. (2009). International Business: The Challenge of Global Competition, 11th Edition, McGraw-Hill Irwin, New York.

Additional Reading

  • Shenkar, O. and Luo, Y. (2008). International Business, Sage (2nd edition).
  • Peng, M. W & Meyer, K E. (2011). International Business, London. Cengage.
  • Peng, M. W. (2009). Global Business. Cincinnati: South-Western Cengage Learning.
  • Dicken, P. (2011). Global Shift: Mapping the Changing Contours of the World Economy. 6th edn. SAGE Publications