LBU3055 : Contemporary Issues in International Business Management

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


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

« Globalisation and Multinational Companies
« Theoretical perspectives on the challenges facing MNCs
« Strategies used to manage the challenges of globalization
« Comparative Business Systems

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion651:0065:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture182:0036:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading201:0020:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching41:004:00Groups of normally 20
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study751:0075:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
BUS3035Contemporary Issues in International and Comparative Business
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

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902A50N/A
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
BUS3055Contemporary Issues in International Business Management1Exam Paired with BUS3055 (Newcastle parent module) for both semesters and Resit
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1A502000 word essay
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The individual essay ensures that students have the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of the fundamental ideas related to the topic and the exam will help to consolidate more independent theoretical understanding of the content.

Reading Lists