MM330-Comparative International Management

Module Provider: International Business and Strategy
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring / Summer term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Denise Tsang


Summary module description:
This module is delivered at University of Reading and University of Reading Malaysia.

This module examines, from an international comparative perspective, key issues in management such as corporate governance, management education and the increasingly entrepreneurial role of managers in modern business.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the Module students should be able to:

1. Describe the various approaches to comparing international management and business practices.

2. Identify and explain areas of potential similarity (convergence) and difference (divergence) in international business and management practices.

3. Appraise critically the principal approaches to explaining the emergence of different international management and business practices.

4. Organise their material and articulate their arguments effectively in writing, both under timed conditions and in assessed essays.

Additional outcomes:
Students will have to work both independently, and in groups, leading to the development of time-management and team working skills.

Outline content:
- Globalization and comparative historic business development
- Comparative Systems of management education and corporate governance
- Differences in business systems' models for technological and marketing innovation
- International dimension of management behaviour

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The course will be taught by lectures and seminars.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20 2
Seminars 3
Guided independent study 175
Total hours by term 198.00 2.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 50
Oral assessment and presentation 50

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    2 hours.

    Requirements for a pass:
    A weighted average of at least 40%.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    By examination only.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
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    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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