MM330-Comparative International Management

Module Provider: International Business and Strategy
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:6
Terms in which taught: Spring / Summer term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Denise Tsang

Email: d.tsang@henley.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module focuses on management variations across the globe. It is concerned with national variations in business system, innovation and organisation behaviour, and how these differences influence firm performance.  The module starts with an examination of globalisation before going on to consider topics such as governance, education and industrial relations at the country level; we will look across the  USA, China, Japan and Europe to explore different context, culture and behaviour of business management.


Aims:

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


Assessable learning outcomes:

Intended learning outcomes:



1. Describe the impact of globalization on the contextual background of international management.



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



3. Identify the role of technology towards knowledge accumulation and innovation across cultures.



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



Assessable learning outcomes:



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



2. Identify and explain areas of potential similarity and difference in the management of technology and innovation.



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 economic crises



- Comparative Systems of management education, technology accumulation and corporate governance



- Differences in business systems' models for innovation



- International dimension of management behaviour


Global context:

Country comparison. 


Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Lectures, seminars discussion, presentations, essays and independent reading.


Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Seminars 3
Guided independent study 177
       
Total hours by term 200.00
       
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 50
Written assignment including essay 30
Oral assessment and presentation 10
Class test administered by School 10

Summative assessment- Examinations:

One two-hour written exam


Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

One in-class test (either at the week before half-term or before the end of the spring term)



One 2,500 words essay to be submitted on the last day of spring term.



The presentation will be held during the seminars, in the last couple of weeks of Spring Term


Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:

The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf


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

Reassessment arrangements:
By examination only.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

None.


Last updated: 20 April 2018

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