Skip to main content

Module

BUS3055 : Contemporary Issues in International Business Management

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Harsh Jha
  • Demonstrator: Mr Johannes Schmalisch
  • Lecturer: Dr Martí Lopez Andreu, Dr Parth Patel, Dr Sawlat Zaman
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

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

1) Globalisation and Multinational Companies
2) Theoretical perspectives on the challenges facing MNCs
3) Strategies used to manage the challenges of globalization
4) Comparative Business Systems

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials182:0036:009 (1.5 to 2-hour) recorded lectures respectively for Sem 1 and Sem 2 will be conducted.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion152:0052:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading150:0050:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching41:004:004 synchronous seminars for Sem 1 (e.g. 3 journal analysis and 1 assignment prep seminar)
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities41:004:004 video recordings of 15 mins each (e.g.seminar insights, main learning points etc.) for Sem 1
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery80:304:004 moderated (30 mins) discussions/Q&As for Sem 1 and Sem 2
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study150:0050:00N/A
Total200:00
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
BUS3035Contemporary Issues in International and Comparative Business
BUS3345Contemporary Issues in International and Comparative Business (Study Abroad Sem 1)
BUS3058Contemporary Issues in International and Comparative Business (Erasmus/SA Sem2)
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

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

Lectures are a good opportunity to raise such issues and seminars 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

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2A50Individual Assignment of 2000 words.
Essay1M50Individual Assignment of 2000 words.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MStudents prepare notes on assignment for peer and tutor discussion during Q&A to scaffold learning for the main assessment.
Written exercise2MStudents prepare notes on assignment for peer and tutor discussion during Q&A to scaffold learning for the main assessment.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

This module will be assessed via individual assignment for each semester. This will allow the students to cover the entire curriculum to make the most of their learning.

Reading Lists

Timetable