MMD005-Strategy and International Business

Module Provider: International Business and Strategy
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Level:NA
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
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Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Prof Alain Verbeke

Email: alain.verbeke@henley.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This course is intended for doctoral and post-doctoral researchers. This is an advanced course focused on the theory of the multinational enterprise (MNE), and its implications for international strategic management.

Aims:
The course has three main goals:
First, it provides a critical overview of influential international business strategy literature with a focus on both conceptual and practical managerial insights. This overview should help PhD students to gain a better understanding of the complexity and the challenges associated with managing a large multinational network.

Second, it aims to prepare PhD students for a professional career, doing work in academia that is relevant to the practice of management, by focusing primarily on the dynamic components of international business strategy and the change processes associated with such strategy.

Third, the course aims to develop some practical skills, namely through preparing and making presentations, and being actively involved in class discussion.

Assessable learning outcomes:
Assessable learning outcomes include: originality in the presentation of the material, for example in bringing together the literature and information in a new way; deriving new lessons, insights or implications from the literature review, and interpreting the literature in a novel manner.
Each presentation, whether by the instructor or the participants will be followed by a class discussion.

Additional outcomes:
The course consists of number of sessions held over a period of three days. During the formal sessions there will be a mix of presentations by the instructor and presentations by the participants, especially towards the end of the course.

Assessable learning outcomes include: originality in the presentation of the material, for example in bringing together the literature and information in a new way; deriving new lessons, insights or implications from the literature review, and interpreting the literature in a novel manner.
Each presentation, whether by the instructor or the participants will be followed by a class discussion.

Outline content:
The course consists of formal sessions incorporating the following content:

Theories of the MNE
MNE Governance
Location and the MNE
The Management of a Federation
Global versus Regional Strategies and Competitiveness
Cooperative Arrangements in International Business
MNEs and Environmental Strategy

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
During the sessions there will be a mix of presentations by the course instructor (this should cover approximately 70% of the time in class) and presentations by participants.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10
Seminars 5
Work-based learning 30
Guided independent study 55
       
Total hours by term 100.00
       
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 75
Oral assessment and presentation 25

Other information on summative assessment:
Participants will be assessed on the basis of a 5,000 words essay and in-class presentation. Written assessment can be submitted at any time up to 1 July of the academic year and the assessment process will be completed within one month of submission.

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Penalties for late submission:

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx
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: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    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.

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