MKT2002 : Global Marketing (for Study Abroad / Erasmus Students)

  • Module Leader(s): Mr Stuart Challinor
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


The discipline of marketing is universal. However, marketing practices vary from country to country because the countries and peoples of the world are different. These differences mean that a successful marketing mix in one country will not automatically be effective in another country. Global marketers operate in a dynamic environment. Customer preferences, competitors, channels of distribution, and communication media may differ. The central task in global marketing is evaluating the extent to which marketing plans and programmes can be extended worldwide (standardised) and the extent to which they must be adapted (customised).

The module focuses on the drivers of change in the global macro-marketing environment (the external environment over which organisations have little, if any, control).

•The political environment: role of government in the economy, political stability and risk, international relations. The legal environment: local domestic law and international law.
•The economic environment: socio-economic blocs: economic facilitators – World Trade Organisation, World Bank, United Nations, China, India, Russia and Brazil.
•The socio-cultural environment: approaches to the study of culture: high and low context cultures: Geert Hofstede’s cultural dimensions model.
•The technological environment: the impact of technological change on global products and services.
•The natural environment: the green consumer.

Outline Of Syllabus

– Induction
– Library Skills (Louise Gordon, Robinson Library)
– Overview of Global Marketing
– Standardize or Customize?
– Global Political Environment
– Global Economic Environment
– Global Trade Environment
- Global Cultural Environment
– Global Technology Environment
- Global Green Environment
– Case Study: IKEA & the Natural Environment.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture191:0019:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading125:0025:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching11:001:00Small group discussion
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study125:0025:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
MKT2001Global Marketing
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module adopts the Harvard approach to learning: lectures convey the essential theories and are supported by a wide range of case study material research by the module leader.

The tutorial is designed to offer students the opportunity of thought-provoking discussion in topical issues in global marketing.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M1002,000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The essay offers the student to develop a holistic assessment of marketing knowledge, and evaluates the successful attainment of the learning outcomes.

Reading Lists


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