Module Catalogue 2020/21

BUS1002 : Global Business Environment

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Laurence Vigneau
  • Lecturer: Dr Sawlat Zaman, Dr Judith Watson, Dr Sue Abbott
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
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Co Requisites
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This module provides a comprehensive survey of the complex and dynamic international environment in which organisations operate. Areas covered include:
•       locating globalisation and the internationalisation of business in a historical context
•       background to and reasons for today’s international regimes of global governance
•       overview of technological and social drivers of change in the global economy
•       development and regulation of global trade, investment and finance
•       changing role of the state within the global environment
•       trends in the internationalisation of business and in the evolving relationship between business and society
•       impact of emerging economies
•       introduction to relevance of business to major global societal challenges

Outline Of Syllabus

Semester 1 topics provide a comprehensive overview of the background to and development of the Global Business Environment (GBE). Semester 2 topics then build on this to explore some current key trends in the GBE.

Semester 1 – Understanding the Global Business Environment
-       Introduction to the GBE
-       Origins and dimensions of the GBE
-       Technology and global business
-       Multilateral regulation and international trade
-       Multilateral regulation and financial liberalisation
-       MNCs and the internationalisation of corporations

Semester 2 – Current trends in the Global Business Environment      
-       States and regions
-       Impact of emerging economies
-       Responsibility and ethics for business in a global society
-       Populations and development
-       Business and the natural environment
-       Looking ahead – scenarios for the future

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

On completion of this module, students will be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of:

• the history and main dimensions of globalisation
• the roles of the various institutions and regimes that seek to regulate the global environment in which international business operates
• the principal theories of trade and liberalisation used to understand the global business environment
• impacts of prominent issues in the political economy of today’s evolving global economy and business environment.
• Ethics and CSR in global business management

Intended Skill Outcomes

On completion of the module, students will be able to:

• Identify and analyse relevant global and international issues and agendas which impact upon the business environment
• Evaluate the various responses of business and other international agencies to these issues and to ongoing changes in the international business environment
• Start to critically assess differing perspectives on the environment in which international business operates

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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