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NBS8045 : The International Business Environment (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Stephen Chen
  • Lecturer: Dr Amy Nguyen
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


To enable students to understand how macro-economic, political, social and technological forces influence the development and regulation of the international business environment.

By examining the macro-economic, political, social and technological forces that influence the global business environment, this module provides a comprehensive survey of the complex and dynamic international environment in which businesses operate. Areas covered include:
- drivers of internationalisation of businesses
- locating globalisation in a historical context
- the development and regulation of global trade, investment and financial markets
- the role of the state within the global environment
- trends in the evolving relationship between international businesses and society

Outline Of Syllabus

The syllabus will cover the following themes:
-Analysing the economic, political, social and technological dimensions of the Global Business Environment
-Drivers of the internationalisation of businesses and the growth of MNCs
-The Role of the State in International Business
-The Role of Multilateral Organizations in International Trade and Investment
-Corporate Social and Environmental Responsibility of MNCs

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture132:0026:0013 x two-hour PIP lectures (26 hours)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion126:0026:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading170:0070:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching42:008:004 x 2-hour PIP seminars (4 hours)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery21:002:00Online
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study168:0068:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures supplement student reading to provide the theoretical and practical knowledge required to understand and analyse the nature of and evolving issues in the international business environment. The lectures also equip students with a framework for student-centred learning through the elaboration of relevant theoretical perspectives drawn from a range of disciplines (including economic, political and social). Small group teaching enable students to develop their understanding through mutual learning and discussion.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1801A100In-person exam
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
1Groningen shadow module
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MStudents prepare presentations in small groups in the seminars with feedback from peers and tutor
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Class discussions and group work are designed to help students develop the understanding and analytical skills needed to attend the assessment. The assessment then tests the students individually to assess how well they have developed both their factual understanding and their skills in evaluation and critique of the issues presented.

Reading Lists