MMM057-Contemporary Issues in International Business

Module Provider: International Business and Strategy
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded: ICM218 Research Project
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Prof Rajneesh Narula


Summary module description:

The objective of this course is to make students aware of current and contentious issues in International Business, both from the perspective of the MNE and its managers, and its external environment. Students will have an opportunity to develop their research skills by conducting a critical review of the literature and/or undertaking an original piece of research in a carefully defined area of international business, and gain an in-depth knowledge of current issues in international business, as well as develop critical thinking, presentation, research and writing skills.

Assessable learning outcomes:

  • Knowledge and understanding of the literature relevant to a well-defined area of international business policy/theory
  • a properly structured and coherent research proposal;
  • a thorough and succinct analysis of relevant theoretical and empirical literature;
  • 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, interpreting the literature in a novel manner.

Additional outcomes:
Students will learn about contemporary issues in international business from a variety of perspectives. Thus they will be required to think outside of any one discipline or narrow area of specialization. Students will also develop the ability to work on their own initiative and learn to organise their work on a longer term project within a tight schedule.

Outline content:
The seminar series will consist of four 2-hour lectures of methodology and principles of project and dissertation-writing. The rest of the time will be spent in one-on-one instruction with an assigned supervisor.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Students will deepen their knowledge and understanding of International Business by researching and writing an 8000 word research project on an assigned topic.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 4 12
Tutorials 0
Project Supervision 1 3
Guided independent study 20 160
Total hours by term 4.00 33.00 163.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 20
Project output other than dissertation 80

Other information on summative assessment:
Proposal and 6,000-8,000 word research paper.

Relative percentage of coursework
Proposal will be worth 20% of the grade. The 6,00-8,000 word research paper will account for 80% of the grade.

Formative assessment methods:

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:

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:
A weighted average mark of at least 50%.

Reassessment arrangements:
Resubmission of a new written research paper (on a different topic) within one year of original deadline.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books:
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding: Students are required to submit two bound copies of their project. Printing costs are as follows:

Black and white printing per page
A4 = 5p
A3 = 10p

Colour printing per page
A4 = 30p
A3 = 60p

Prices correct at the time of publishing

Students can get their projects bound for free in the ARC.

5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 21 December 2016

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