Module Catalogue 2015/16

BUS3035 : Contemporary Issues in International and Comparative Business

  • Offered for Year: 2015/16
  • Module Leader(s): Prof. Daniel Muzio
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Code Title
BUS2029Operations Strategy and Management
Pre Requisite Comment


Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



This module will provide a cutting edge overview of the very latest thinking and practice in international business and management. It will provide a challenging and eclectic range of perspectives on globalization, multinational corporations, varieties of capitalism and international business. The module will build on knowledge from previous modules and bring together contemporary issues pertinent to the areas of organization studies, sociology, HRM, economic geography and international business, to help participants to develop a critical understanding of contemporary organizations and the increasingly global environment in which they operate.

Outline Of Syllabus

« Globalisation and Multinational Companies
« Theoretical perspectives on the challenges facing MNCs
« Strategies used to manage the challenges of globalization
« Comparative Business Systems

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

By the end of this module, you should be able:
To critique and reflect on key issues and challenges within international business and management.
To appreciate differences between various national business systems
To assess the usefulness of a range of theoretical perspectives used to explore the impact of globalization on international business and management practices.
To formulate compelling solutions to problems and situations organisations face when conducting international business and management.

Intended Skill Outcomes

By the end of this module, you should be able:
To conduct critical analysis of current issues facing the international business and management through the analysis, structure and presentation of ideas and arguments
To differentiate between and analyze the relevance of different assumptions made and courses of action taken in international business and management.
To develop analytical and argumentation skills in relation to debates about international business.
To demonstrate good oral communication through the presentation and communication of arguments.
To critically examine arguments used to explain dynamics related to various issues involved in international business and management.

Graduate Skills Framework

Graduate Skills Framework Applicable: Yes
  • Cognitive/Intellectual Skills
    • Critical Thinking : Assessed
    • Literacy : Assessed
    • Information Literacy
      • Source Materials : Assessed
  • Self Management
    • Planning and Organisation
      • Goal Setting And Action Planning : Present
      • Decision Making : Present
    • Personal Enterprise
      • Independence : Assessed
  • Interaction
    • Communication
      • Written Other : Assessed
  • Application
    • Commercial Acumen
      • Market Awareness : Present
      • Governance Awareness : Assessed
      • Financial Awareness : Assessed
    • Social Cultural Global Awareness : Assessed

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion160:0060:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture202:0040:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading150:0050:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching41:004:00Staff hours depend on cohort and group size.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study146:0046:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
BUS3345Contemporary Issues in International and Comparative Business (Study Abroad Sem 1)
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Contemporary issues in international business and management are contested and their understanding requires that students question the realities and rethorics of globalization, the activities and strategies of dultinationals and the differences between various national business systems.

Lectures are a good opportunity to raise such issues and seminars (term 1) will be a good opportunity for students to engage and challenge them. This is a good way to promote knowledge and understanding of the issues in discussion. Lectures will also be used to present and debate various media material relevant to international business.

The seminars also provide a good opportunity to support student progress in relation to the skills-based outcomes of the module. The seminars have been thought of as student–led support sessions to facilitate student learning and the receipt of formative feedback from seminar tutors and peers. The course provides one revision session per semester ahead of the respective assessment.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A60N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M402,000 word essay.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The essay allows for the assessment of interrelated issues discussed in class, engaging students in analyzing the complexities and competing positions of different stakeholders in international business management. Students will receive written feedback on their performance after the first semester. The exam allows students to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the module content that is being assessed.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


Note: The Module Catalogue now reflects module information relating to academic year 15/16. Please contact your School Office if you require module information for a previous academic year.

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