module specification

FE5054 - International Business (2024/25)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2024/25
Module title International Business
Module level Intermediate (05)
Credit rating for module 15
School Guildhall School of Business and Law
Total study hours 150
36 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
105 hours Guided independent study
9 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 100%   2000 words individual coursework
Running in 2024/25

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester North Tuesday Afternoon

Module summary

This module enables students to understand and analyse the dynamics of international business operations and management; strategic issues and evolving world markets. The module explores the decision-making process behind the organisation and management of operations and resources within a global context.

International economic issues influence the formulation of trade and investment policies as well as business strategies. In recent years dramatic economic changes are arising on account of factors such as the Covid-19 pandemic, Brexit and the growing role played by emerging economies. The aim of this module is to give students a strong understanding of key theories, policies and issues which will be analysed in the light of current international debates.

This module provides opportunities for developing the student’s strategic thinking, understanding, analysis and assessment of a range of topical issues challenging international businesses in the global economy.

While the balance of geopolitical influences is tilting and the role and intervention of global institutions are being challenged, the business community still sees major economic groupings like Europe’s single market as useful launchpads to internationalisation. Hence, the module examines economic integration and trading blocs with a particular focus on the European Union (EU). The UK and EU competition policy will also be examined.

Using economic theories, the module aims to explain the development of international business, the globalisation process and challenges and debate.

The module also aims to develop students' employability skills, in particular: subject research; problem solving and application; academic writing; academic reading and critical thinking, evaluation, analysis and reflection.


The nature of international business LO1

Theories of internationalisation of production LO1, LO2

Globalisation of production and markets, process and debate LO2
Challenges of globalisation to business, government and societies – the responses of firms, governments and international institutions LO2

Economic integration: Principles and practices in economic integration around the world – the special case of the European Union LO3

Key elements of the single European market (SEM), such as harmonisation and competition. LO3

EU and UK competition policy: theory of competition policy; key aspects of policy such as collusive behaviour in oligopoly markets, abuse of dominant position in monopoly markets, mergers & acquisitions control and state aid. LO3

Foreign market entry: Different strategies for entry and their evaluation. LO1, LO2

Foreign Direct Investment: Evaluation of economic impact on host and home countries, trends in FDI amongst developed and emerging economies, LO1, LO2

International trade: Theory, policies , issues and trends in developed and emerging markets LO2

Global supply chain management and production: issues, models and practices. LO4

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

This module is delivered through a weekly two-hour lecture and a weekly one-hour seminar. The lecture introduces the key theoretical concepts and business strategies and is interactive, encouraging student participation. Seminars are student centred, enabling students to gain a deeper understanding of the key concepts, present their solutions to review questions and case studies, contribute to discussion and raise questions on the lecture material. Weblearn Discussion Board and other virtual tools may also be used to underpin seminar discussions and case studies.

Students are expected to carry out independent work and prepare for seminars beforehand. They are required to analyse and provide solutions to case studies and seminar questions and follow and participate in discussion during seminars.

Students are expected to complement the 'formal' learning activity with further reading of the material suggested in the teaching sessions; solving business problems; answering review seminar questions; examining international business case studies; conducting research, planning and preparing for their summative assessment.

Use of case studies help students work out the practical applications of theoretical principles in a variety of contexts and encourage them to develop collaborative and self-directed learning skills.

The module uses the virtual learning environment, WebLearn. All the learning, teaching and assessment materials such as lecture slides; seminar questions; case studies; assessment strategy; assessment and grading criteria; coursework brief; deadlines for feedback; and other relevant online resources and links will be made available on Weblearn.

Students are encouraged to reflect on their learning development through the formative and summative assessments and learning activities in the module.

The module’s teaching, learning and assessment strategies are designed to develop
the following skills: academic reading; academic writing; subject research; problem solving and application; written communication; critical thinking and applied analysis.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

  1. Identify key success factors for entering international markets, and organising, managing and controlling business activities around the world.
  2. Apply theoretical knowledge and understanding to complex international business issues and the business environment with reference to themes such as the internationalisation of production, globalisation, foreign market entry strategies and international trade.
  3. Understand the economic impact of economic integration, the EU and the EU competition policy for international business
  4. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of and analyse issues involved in the operations of international businesses in the global economy, in areas such as supply chain management and production.


Core Textbooks:

Cavusgil, S.T. et al (2019). International business: strategy, management and the
    new realities, 5th ed., Prentice-Hall. [This is an E-Book. Earlier editions are available
    as hard copies at Holloway Road 658.049 CA]

Daniels, J.D. and Radebaugh, L. H. (2015). International business, 15th ed., Harlow,
    Pearson. [This is an E-Book. Hard copies of earlier editions are available at Holloway
    Road 658.18 DAN]

Hill, C. (2020). International business, competing in the global market place, 13th
    ed., New York, McGraw-Hill. [Holloway Road 658.049 HIL]

Additional Reading:

Bartlett, C. A. and Beamish, P. W. 2018). Transnational Management – Texts, Cases
   and Readings in Cross-Border Management,  8th ed., McGraw-Hill, London.

Buckley, P. J., Enderwick, P. and Cross, A. R. (2018). International business, Oxford
    University Press, Oxford

Czinkota, M. et al (2011). International business, 8th ed., Chichester, Wiley.
    [Earlier editions are available at Holloway Road 658.049 CZI]

Dicken, P. (2015). Global shift, 7th ed., London, Sage. [Holloway Road 338.0904 DIC]

Griffin, R. W. and Pustay, W. M. (2015). International business, 6th ed., Upper
    Saddle River, N.J., Pearson-Prentice-Hall. [This is an E-Book. Hard copies of earlier
    editions are available at Holloway Road Library]

Hill, C. (2017). Global business today, 10th ed., New York, McGraw-Hill.
    [Holloway Road 658.049 Hil]

Johnson, D. and Turner, C. (2010). International business: themes and issues in
     modern global economy, 2nd ed., London: Routledge.  [Holloway Road 658.049 JOH]

Lindeque, J. and Suder, G.  (2018). Doing Business in Europe, 3rd ed., Sage,
     London. [Hard copy available at Holloway Road 382.094 SUD]

Peng, M. W., and Meyer, K. E. (2011). International business, London, Cengage
      Learning EMEA. [Holloway Road 338.88 PEN]

Piggot, J. and Cook, M. (2006). International business economics, a European
      perspective, Basingstoke, Hampshire, Palgrave Macmillan. [This is an E-Book. Hard
      copies of earlier editions are available at Holloway Road 338.8894 ]

Pitelis, C., and Sugden, R. (Eds) (2002). The nature of the transnational firm, 2nd
      ed., London, Routledge. [This is an E-book]

Rugman, A. M., and Collinson, S. (2012). International business, 6th ed., Prentice-
     Hall. [This is an E-book. Earlier editions are available as hard copy at
     Holloway Road 658.049 RUG]

Sitkin, A., and Bowen, N. (2013). International business: challenges and choices,
     2nd ed., Oxford, Oxford University Press. [Holloway Road 658.049 SIT]

Verbeke, A. (2009). International business strategy: rethinking the foundations of
     global corporate success, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.
    [This is an E-book]

Key Portals for Business (also useful for career planning) free- national social and economic data – free – internal and external links to other portals – free access and subscription (weekly news) – free access and subscription (data, publications) – free access (updates and data on trade agreements) – free access (see also:  - free access – free – forum with reports, videos, analysis

Databases and online resources (available via the Library portal):
For company, country information and market research: Business Source Ultimate, Passport
E-journals: Academic Search Complete, Emerald Management, International Business, International Business Review, World Business, European Management Review and European Management