MMD007-International Business, Innovation and Geography

Module Provider: International Business and Strategy
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Summer term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Prof Davide Castellani


Type of module:

Summary module description:
This course is intended for doctoral and post-doctoral researchers. It addresses the complex relations between innovation, IB and Economic Geography, by providing a state-of-the-art critical overview of conceptual and empirical research.

The course aims at:
a.) providing the tools to critically assess some of the main conceptual and empirical issues in the literature on IB, Innovation and Economic Geography
b.) introducing to the application of some statistical methods for carrying out empirical analysis in this field
c.) developing some practical skills, namely through preparing and making presentations, and being actively involved in a class discussion.

Assessable learning outcomes:
•understand and critically assess the recent conceptual and empirical developments in the literature on IB, Innovation and Economic Geography

Additional outcomes:
This module will also provide the opportunity to:
•develop presentation skills,
• apply statistical methods for empirical analysis, using the STATA software.

Outline content:

The course will cover a selection of topics related to IB, Innovation and Economic Geography, such as: 

1. International Business and Economic Geography

2. International Business and Innovation

3. MNEs, location and agglomeration

4. The geography of innovative activities

5. Internationalisation of R&D and location of MNEs’ innovative activities


A detailed outline of the contents will be made available at


Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The sessions will be a mixture of student presentations and formal lectures. 

Student presentation will focus on research projects or papers in the area of IB, Innovation and Economic Geography. Each presentation will have both senior and junior discussant.


Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 12
Seminars 6
Guided independent study: 82
Total hours by term 100
Total hours for module 100

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:
Participants will be assessed on the basis of a 5000 word essay.
Topic of the essay will be assigned at the end of the module. 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

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: 

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:

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.

Assessment requirements for a pass:

A minimum mark of 50%

Reassessment arrangements:

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books:
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 5 August 2019


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