MMM001: International Strategic Management

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Number of credits:

20 [10 ECTS credits]



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Module Convenor:

Professor R Narula



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The module provides an introduction to the variety of issues confronting managers of multinational corporations, both within the business enterprise and in the global market place. The aim is for students to gain an overall understanding of the issues related to international strategic management, many of which are developed in more details in the optional modules on offer.

Assessable learning outcomes:
The use of the conceptual and analytical tools of strategic management and economics to the greater understanding of international strategy, the analysis of the greater complexity that accompanies international operations and the exploration of alternative patterns of strategy, structures and operations, appropriate in different international contexts and changing market conditions.

Additional outcomes:
Students will learn to work independently under pressure of time and make strategic decisions on the organisation of their work. They will also develop generic skills for future employment and professional development.

Outline content:
Theories, frameworks and introduction;
Internal resources and competencies of firms;
External environment in which firms operate;
The process of internationalisation;
The organisation of international business;
Collaborative behaviour and strategic alliances.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Detailed guidance on the main topics of the syllabus and key references are provided in 10x2 hour sessions of lectures, questions and discussions. Students are required to do a significant amount of reading of journal articles, chapters of books, statistical sources and websites of national and international organisations. Further support is provided in two separate office hour sessions.

Contact hours:

  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10 x 2 hours     
Tutorials/seminars     1 x 2 hour class 
Other contact (eg study visits)      
Total hours 20   
Number of essays or assignments One essay: case study analysis of 2,000 words     
Other (eg major seminar paper)      

One essay paper of 2,000 words, submitted by a specific date.

Relative percentage of coursework:
Coursework has a 30% weight in the overall assessment of the module.

Penalties for late submission
Penalties for late submission will be in accordance with the University policy.

One 2-hour unseen written paper.

Requirements for a pass
A weighted average mark of coursework and examination of 50%.

Reassessment arrangements
By examination only (one 2-hour unseen written paper) in August/September. Coursework will not be included in the re-assessment.

Last updated: 04/Jul/2007

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