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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2007-2008 (archived)

Module BUSI5E315: INTERNATIONAL STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT

Department: Economics, Finance and Business (Business)

BUSI5E315: INTERNATIONAL STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT

Type Tied Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Available in 2007/08
Tied to N1KE12
Tied to N2KE12
Tied to N2KF12

Prerequisites

  • None

Corequisites

  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.

Aims

  • To provide students with the opportunity to study key topics in international strategic management at an advanced level.

Content

  • Paradigm shift in strategic thinking; analysis of 'internationalism of the firm';
  • the strategies, structures and processes of transnational corporations;
  • parent-subsidy perspectives;
  • strategic alliances;
  • implementation issues posed by cross-cultural strategic management;
  • transforming ethnocentric organisations through management of people, global managers, expatriates/inpatriates, multicultural teams, host employees.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • By the end of this module, students should:
  • have developed a more critical understanding of the dynamics of globalisation on management;
  • have explored the challenges of strategically managing more complex, diverse and uncertain organisations within a global context;
  • be aware of the cultural base and the universality of concepts about what is important in business (and life);
  • be aware that transformational strategies involve morphogenic changes.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • By the end of this module, students should:
  • Be able to critically analyse issues in international strategic management.
Key Skills:
    Written communication; planning, organising and time management; problem solving and analysis; using initiative; computer literacy.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • The learning outcomes will be met through a combination of lectures, facilitated discussion sessions, group work and guided reading. Extensive use will be made of case studies. All sessions have a high participation element, and an emphasis on action-learning.
  • Assessment of this module is by summative assignment, designed to: test the acquisition and articulation of knowledge; test conceptual understanding and skills of application and interpretation within the business context.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 9 hours in total
Groupwork 9 hours in total
Preparation & Reading 132
Total 150

Summative Assessment

Component: Individual written assignment Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Individual written assignment 3,000 words (Max.). 100%

Formative Assessment:

Feedback on group and individual activities undertaken during contact hours. Feedback on learning set reflections and action points related to this module.


Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University