Full time 12 Month(s)
This programme combines the global perspective of international business with the up-to-date strategic thinking required to develop and defend competitive advantage and drive corporate growth.
You will be examining contemporary issues and developments in many different areas of international business and strategy, from market entry, mergers and acquisitions, global trade and exchange rates to leadership in cross-cultural settings. A feature of the programme is its recognition of the influence of political, historical and cultural factors on international business and strategic management.
Overall, the programme gives you a strong interdisciplinary grounding in all aspects of international business and strategy.
You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.
This module aims to provide a broad overview of qualitative and quantitative approaches as used in management research, together with an understanding of the different research paradigms operating within the research fields of business and management and the acquisition of transferrable research skills.
This module prepares you for the independent research you will undertake for your final research project. It introduces you to a range of quantitative and qualitative research techniques, and focuses on both the philosophical and practical issues involved in conducting research.
This module is concerned with the critical choices that organisations face in order to survive and gain sustainable competitive advantage in an international environment with rapid economic, regulatory and technological changes. To understand and critically evaluate these choices and their strategic dimension requires analysis of the environment in which multinational enterprises operate as well as the creation of know-how value at a business and corporate level.
This core module aims to provide students with a good understanding of basic statistical techniques and concepts. Students will also be helped to develop a critical understanding of more advanced statistical techniques enabling them to undertake original statistical analysis, including regression and multiple regression analysis. On successful completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of important statistical approaches to business analytics. They will be able to use standard business analytics software to generate, analyse and visualize complex data. They will also learn transferrable skills in business analytics and be able to demonstrate that they can successfully work in teams.
To be a successful manager in a multi-cultural environment requires a broad range of culturally sensitive skills. This highly interactive core module addresses the managerial implications of cross-cultural and cross-national business by focusing on the individual- and group-level dynamics of international management.
This course provides an introduction to the economic tools required to analyse and evaluate the market forces that shape competition in global markets. Particular attention is paid to the impact of government intervention on business decisions.
The behaviour of the main financial variables, inflation, interest rates and the exchange rate is of direct relevance to those running businesses. To this end, the first part of this course (John Whittaker: 4 sessions) presents the rudiments of banking and finance, and aims to show how monetary and fiscal policy affect the performance of the economy and the choices facing individuals and businesses. The final session broadens the discussion into the international context.
The second part of the course (David Rietzke: 6 sessions), which takes a microeconomic perspective, provides an overview of the interaction between market structure, regulation, and firm investment. Students first study how the underlying structure of a market affects firm behaviour. This is followed by a study of how firm investment decisions are made, and the consequences of firm investment for technological change. Students then examine the decisions of firms to invest in foreign markets (foreign direct investment), and how government policies affect these decisions. Finally, the rationale for, and consequences of, government regulation are examined.
The module aims to develop a holistic understanding of issues related to international business and economic development. The course focuses on the application of economic principles on economic issues and on the interplay between policy-making and market forces. The course is divided into two parts. The first part consists of introducing topics relevant to subjects debated in the second part of the course. For example international trade, FDI, aid, environmental policy, migration, etc. The second part consists of a one-day event, labelled the World Economic Forum where groups of 3-4 students (called delegations) representing countries (China, US, India, …), Multinational enterprises (MNE) or organizations (EU, UK, IMF, World Bank, Press, …) negotiate a common agreement on different policy proposals (e.g. trade agreements, monetary policy, climate policy, migration policy, anti-poverty programs, …). The course is designed to train students in group work, understanding of current issues in the global economy, formulate policies, write succinctly, debate issues and do oral presentations.
International Corporate Strategy and Structure complements the International Business Strategy core module. International Business Strategy exclusively focuses on ‘business-level strategy’ by providing the analytic scaffolding to conduct industry analysis, make appraisals of a firm's resources and capabilities and develop and assess strategic options for how a firm should be positioned in the market.
Cross border mergers and acquisitions (M&A) are an increasingly important force in shaping economies, restructuring industries and revitalizing organisations.Accounting for trillions of dollars in spend and affecting large numbers of employees, it is important to consider the motivations, processes and impacts of cross border M&A.
Drawing upon International Business, Corporate Strategy, Business Analytics and Cross National Management modules, the main strategies for engaging in M&A, the practices involved in deal closure and the post acquisition integration process shall be examined across a variety of national contexts.
This module consists of two components: research methods and dissertation. The research methods taught component is designed to equip you with the additional research techniques and analytical tools necessary to undertake your Dissertation which may be company based. The Dissertation component consists of an extended piece of supervised independent research of around 15,000 words on a topic relating to some aspect of International Business & Strategy. You choose your topic in the Lent Term under the direction of the Programme Director and often after discussion with MSc faculty. The focus of the Dissertation is normally on issues raised in the core modules but may tackle areas of interest revealed in the optional modules that you wish to investigate in further depth. There is also the opportunity to undertake a company-based project.
This module aims to develop a good understanding of the international business environment. This is undertaken with reference to a critical assessment of globalisation and a subsequent focus on international trade. Students are introduced to the principal theories of international trade and political economy so as to better understand the international environment in which firms operate. The emphasis is placed on understanding the strategies of firms in an ever more globalised world economy. The material will be presented mostly from an applied perspective (i.e. with facts) to bring the economic theoretical apparatus into real-life situations.
This module complements the academic content of the programme by helping students develop important career skills such as how to present themselves on the job market and business presentation skills. The ability to present complex data in a clear, concise and convincing way is an important skill for business graduates and in this module we offer students the opportunity to learn and practice presentation in a safe environment. On successful completion of this module students will have learnt to:
Beginning with the basic international parity relationships, this module examines the nature of business exposure to foreign exchange risk and the techniques available for hedging these risks. In addition to reviewing forward and futures contracts, several sessions are devoted to the theory and application of options contracts in the context of forex risk hedging.
The first four sessions aim to establish an understanding of banks’ behaviour and balance sheets, including capital structure, lending decisions and attitudes to risk. These sessions also study the banks’ role in transmitting the monetary policy decisions of the central bank, i.e. the choice of official interest rates and ‘quantitative easing’. This enables a discussion of the effects of monetary and fiscal policy on the main macroeconomic variables. Session four looks at the origins of the financial crisis and the policy responses.
Sessions five to seven cover developments in international banking regulation before and since the crisis. This includes the regulation of capital and liquidity under the Basel accords, the attempts to address the moral hazard and the ‘too-large-to fail’ problems, and the influence of regulation on the shadow banking industry.
The final three sessions study banking and monetary policy in the international context, with a particular focus on problems in the Eurozone and the operation of the eurosystem of central banks.
In this course, the treatment will generally be non-technical and will be based on developing an understanding of institutional practices and their implications.
Companies increasingly realize that a creating and sustaining a competitive edge requires them to think and act like entrepreneurs. Many companies therefore equip selected employees with the space and resources to become intrapreneurs. Other companies see the spawning of corporate spin-offs as an integral part of their strategy.
This module is a theory-led and practice-oriented primer on corporate entrepreneurship.
It provides you with knowledge useful for anyone aiming at working (or researching) in the field of corporate innovation and entrepreneurship or at pursuing an entrepreneurial career.
To boost company growth - may it be start-ups or established corporations, companies have to engage in 'new' activities, including entering markets overseas and/or exploiting new technologies. In this module, you will learn more about how and why companies decide to internationalise as well as successfully identify and exploit business ideas based on new technologies and effectively integrate new technologies into their value chains.
The course will blend state-of-the-art research insights with practice-oriented elements, such as field trips and guest lectures.
In this module we explore how fundamental questions about 'knowledge' and 'management' apply to global organisations. With ‘being global’ now taken for granted in many organisations, and the largest organisations in the world such as GE and Wal-Mart having revenues greater than the GDP of many countries, it is crucial to understand why and how knowledge and learning are ‘managed’ in such contexts. The module begins by examining how the globalisation strategies of manufacturing organisations are built around knowledge-based rationales and mechanisms, before proceeding to examine the case of global service organisations, with particular attention paid to the way these organisations use their knowledge and power to shape the structures of the global economy.
This module, which runs in the Summer term, offers students the opportunity to spend two weeks at the Guanghua School of Management, Peking University in Beijing. The module focuses on the recent evolution of the Chinese economy and culture as well as highlighting key management and leadership aspects specific to the Chinese context. You will study as part of an international group of postgraduate students from top universities across the globe.
This module examines supply networks as extended operations that deliver products and services, and draws on concepts from operations management and from other disciplines. The emphasis is very much upon inter-organisational networks, rather than those between organisations and consumers.The central theme of the module is that e-business practices and technologies and supply network concepts and practices are inextricably linked: each facilitates the other.The module develops your ability to understand and critically evaluate the key principles of supply chain management, and helps you to appreciate and assess the important interrelationship between ICT and supply chain management practices and strategies. You will also develop skills in identifying and proposing solutions to specific network problems.
The objective of this course is to attempt to develop moral sensibility and practical reasoning in the context of managerial everyday action in organisations. The course will be concerned with morality in action, as it happens, rather than a removed reflection on codes and principles of ethics. The course will aim to show that ethics in action is diffused and difficult. Nevertheless, managers and employees have a responsibility to `work it out' for themselves. It is this `how to work it out' that the course will keep as its focus. The course will use a number of case studies as a basis to develop this moral sensibility so that managers will be able to act in a morally appropriate manner as part of their ongoing organisational action.
Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.
Designed for: Graduates interested in careers in international management in large global corporations and professional service firms
Duration: 12 months full-time.Undergraduate Degree: 2:1 (Hons) degree (UK or equivalent) in any discipline which must have included some study in areas of business, management or economics.
If you have studied outside of the UK, you can check your qualifications at International Qualifications:
English language: IELTS: Overall score of at least 7.0, with no individual element below 6.0 We consider tests from other providers, which can be found at English language requirements
If your score is below our requirements we may consider you for one of our pre-sessional English language programmes:
10 week- Overall score of at least 6.0, with no individual element below 5.5 For details of eligibility see: Pre sessional programmes 4 week- Overall score of at least 6.5, with no individual element below 6.0 Further information is available at English for Academic Purposes
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