International Business in Context

Module leader: Professor David Brown

Duration and timing: seven-ten days, Spring Term


This module involves a short but intensive study visit to an economy at a different stage of development to the UK. It enables you to learn first-hand about aspects of international trade and business management. The module combines formal learning in our partner institution in the country with experiential learning and direct observation of local business environments via a series of company and organisational visits.

The module will develop your understanding of the particular economic and business problems associated with different economies. It will also encourage you to reflect on the social, cultural, ethical and management issues which arise when managing companies which operate in such economies, including the special problems facing multinational enterprises.

On the study tour (seven-ten days) you travel to and experience one country. The IBIC module has been to India (Mumbai), China (Guangzhou), the Czech Republic (Prague), Turkey (Istanbul), Singapore, and Malaysia. 

Before you travel you will be given an introductory briefing at Lancaster, for example by the Lancaster China Management Centre or by experts specialising in India or Eastern Europe. The briefing will focus on recent economic developments in the country to be visited and will highlight some of the issues specific to business and management in that economy.

During your visit you will be introduced to the business, cultural, economic and social life of the selected country, as interpreted by local faculty from the partner institutions in the host country. This will help set the context for a related programme of field visits, both to local businesses and other organisations.

The full cost of the module is included in the MBA tuition fee, including travel, accommodation (based on twin room occupancy), visits, some meals, and a gala dinner.


When you return you will write a 3,000 word reflective paper on the experience, which should demonstrate your ability to stand back from direct engagement, and to see the visit in broader, more objective terms.