MMM073-Theories of the Multinational Enterprise

Module Provider: International Business and Strategy
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:7
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Pre-requisites:
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Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Prof Robert Pearce

Email: r.d.pearce@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

The course aims to provide students with an understanding of the theory of multinational enterprise that can serve as a basis for practical evaluation of the behaviour and performance of those companies. 


Aims:

A full understanding of theory to model, understand and evaluate MNEs. Ability to apply a consistent analytical framework on MNEs to assessment of their role in the contemporary global economy. 


Assessable learning outcomes:
A full understanding theory to model, understand and evaluate MNEs. Ability to apply a consistent analytical framework on MNEs to assessment of their role in the contemporary global economy.

Additional outcomes:
Encouragement to apply economic models and techniques to issues in globalisation, development and political economy.

Outline content:

  • Definition of MNE.
  • Reasons for a theory of MNE separate from that of foreign direct investment.
  • Historical emergence of MNEs.
  • The eclectic framework as an approach to MNEs.
  • Discussion of each element of the selection framework.
  • Other theoretical approaches to MNE (product cycle; oligopolistic behaviour).
  • Use of the theory to evaluate the implications of MNEs.

Global context:

Places international business and its theory in the context of the emerging global economy.


Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Lectures and class discussions. Guidance on extended reading in existing literature. Guidance on applying techniques to practical issues.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20 2
Seminars 4
Guided independent study 174
       
Total hours by term 198.00 2.00
       
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 70
Written assignment including essay 20
Class test administered by School 10

Other information on summative assessment:

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: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Length of examination:
One 2-hour unseen written paper.

Requirements for a pass:
The pass mark is 50%+.
The merit mark is 60%+.
The distinction mark is 70%+.

Reassessment arrangements:
One two hour exam to be held in August/September. Coursework is not considered in the reassessment.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 31 March 2017

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