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NBS8045 : The International Business Environment

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Stephen Chen
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To enable students to become aware of the macro-economic, institutional and political forces influencing the development and regulation of the global business environment.

By examining the macro-economic, institutional and political forces that influence the development and functioning of the global business environment, this module provides a comprehensive survey of the complex and dynamic international environment in which organisations operate. Areas covered include:
- locating globalisation in a historical context
- background to and reasons for today's international regimes of global governance
- development and regulation of global trade, investment and finance
- changing role of the state within the global environment
- increasing internationalisation of business
- trends in the evolving relationship between business and society

Outline Of Syllabus

The syllabus will cover the following themes:
-Introduction to the Global Business Environment
-Origins and Dimensions of the Global Business Environment
-Multilateral Regulation and International Trade            
-Multilateral Regulation and Financial Liberalisation
-The Role of the State in International Business
-MNCs and the Internationalisation of Corporations
-Corporate Social and Environmental Responsibility of MNCs

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture62:0012:006 x two-hour PIP lectures ( 12 hours)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion123:0023:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading125:0025:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching31:003:003 x 1-hour PIP seminars (3 hours)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery60:303:006 x 30-min live online drop-in/surgery (3 hours)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study134:0034:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

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. Lectures also equip students with a framework for student centred learning through the elaboration of relevant theoretical perspectives from a range of disciplines (not merely management theory but also including economic, political and social theory). Small group teaching and drop in sessions/surgery 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 Examination1201A100In-person exam
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
NBS8945The International Business Environment1Groningen shadow module
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MStudents prepare notes on sample exercises then review 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