MMD008-Long Run Developments of International Business Theory

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: Dr Lucy Newton


Type of module:

Summary module description:

This course is intended for doctoral and post-doctoral researchers. This is an advanced course focusing on the Economic Theory of IB. Delivery of this module will take over 2 days.


The aim of the course is to trace the evolution of economic theorising on the Multinational Enterprise (MNE) and International Business (IB) over the past 60 years and place special emphasis on the analysis of developmental interdependencies between host and home countries and MNEs.

Assessable learning outcomes:

On completion of the module students should be able to:

• Have a holistic understanding of the development of major IB theories to date -understand the evolution of the nature of the contemporary MNE as a dynamic differentiated network -understand the interlinking between IB theory, global economic and societal challenges.

Additional outcomes:

In addition students will develop transferrable skills such as critical thinking, analytical analysis and communication skills.

Outline content:

• Contribution to the generation of IB theorising

• Analysis of the strategic nature of the MNE

• Interlink between IB theories and the global economic and societal challenge

• Sustainable development goals

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The course will be a mixture of formal lectures and student discussions in groups devoted to research projects relevant to the topics of the module. 

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10
Seminars 4
Tutorials 2
Guided independent study: 84
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 5,000 words essay
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):

Last updated: 5 August 2019


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