Surrey University Stag


Module code: MAN2142

Module Overview

As the Issues in International Business Management module focuses on ‘issues’ and their relevance, the content reflects contemporary themes and priorities. It is likely to include contributions from staff and/or invited speakers that are based on relevant special interests informed by research and/or professional engagement.

There is a coherent theme of taking into account multiple stakeholders and differences across countries and of how to manage international businesses to deal with these challenges. The module emphasises critical consideration of the practical implications of recent studies.

Module provider

Surrey Business School

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

JACs code: N120

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 106

Lecture Hours: 11

Seminar Hours: 11

Guided Learning: 11

Captured Content: 11

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative topics (actual topics offered will be a selection from these topics, and/or others, according to contemporary relevance and the availability of staff expertise)


  • Theories of the multinational firm

  • Theories of internationalisation (including International New Ventures and Born Globals)

  • Headquarter-subsidiary relations in multinational corporations

  • Micro-politics in multinational corporations

  • Knowledge transfer and organisational learning in multinational corporations

  • International innovation strategies

  • Management of inter-organisational relations in an international context

  • Global stakeholder strategy

  • Corporate social responsibility in comparative perspective

  • Issues in Global Supply Chains

  • Institutional voids in emerging markets

  • Corporate strategies of international expansion

  • Environmental challenges and multinational corporations

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Online Scheduled Summative Class Test ONLINE CLASS TEST WITHIN 4HR WINDOW (90 MIN) 30

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

Summative Assessments:

Assessment 1: 40-question test (multiple choice and short answers). Duration of 1.5 hours, closed book and scheduled during the mid-stage of the module. This summative assessment will enable the evaluation of student learning for the first seven/eight weeks of the semester. It will inform on teaching progress and feedback will assist students to better understand their progress as they prepare for their written assignment. The mid-term test aims to improve student attendance and engagement by requiring their input during, as well as at the end of, the module.

Assessment 2: Assignment to be submitted at the end of the semester. The assignment is designed to develop and evaluate students' critical thinking, and analytical ability to comprehend complex business decision-making in an international setting.

Formative Assessment and Feedback:

Students will receive formative feedback during weekly tutorials, where a variety of exercises and case studies will be presented. Students will be free to discuss and critique cases relating to weekly topics. Collectively, these exercises will prepare students for their in-class test as well as the assignment by the end of the semester. On-demand learning will also include on-line multiple-choice type formative tests along the course of the module.

Module aims

  • The first aim of this module is to engage students with modes of international business (IB), conducted by multi-national corporations (MNC), and observe those activities through the lens of key IB theory.
  • The aim of the module is also to allow students to test the robustness of established theory against actual (contemporary) events, in order to better understand the performative role of that business theory.
  • Lastly, the aim is to encourage students to appreciate the complexity and interrelationship between a range of influencing factors within IB.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Recognise how social, legal and economic factors, of host nations, give rise to challenges in strategic decision making by multi-national corporations (MNC) and how resulting choice in approaches to foreign direct investment (FDI) by MNCs can have a material effect on a host nation's status. KC
002 Consider that potential conflicts can exist, not only between MNCs and host nations, but between the shareholders of MNCs and executive agents, as well as with other stakeholders that occupy the same social and economic systems. CP
003 Demonstrate knowledge of major theories and research findings regarding the topics covered in the module by identifying practical implications of major theories and findings for international business (IB) management. K
004 Critically evaluate MNC business efficacy, and ethical comportment (governance), in IB; identify, synthesise and structure information regarding the module topics from academic books and journals. CPT
005 Appraise the changing complexity of the above: Its effect on profitability, the workforce and the broader social, and environmental, systems that surround each MNC. CPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The teaching and learning strategy is designed to develop the students’ awareness of contemporary issues in international business management, drawing upon theory, empirical research and practice. The strong emphasis on connections between research and practice is reflected in discussion of the practical implications of research findings; analysis of case studies; and critical evaluation of relevant academic research.


The teaching and learning methods include:

  • Lectures and tutorials,

  • Part 1 consists of a formal lecture aimed at providing students with the knowledge of relevant theories

  • Part 2 consists of a tutorial aimed to be practical and interactive. Students will be encouraged to put their knowledge to practice by analysing cases related to international business. The tutorials involve active learning exercises and case studies, through which students explore connections between research and practice. SurreyLearn is used to host resources and provide a medium for further discussion.


The module involves a 2 hour lecture per week (11 weeks) and a 1 hour tutorial (11 weeks).

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

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Other information

In order to achieve the threshold standard for the award of credits for this module, the student must meet the following criteria related to the learning outcomes.

  • Show evidence of a critical understanding of theory and practice in the field of contemporary international business management

  • Demonstrate the ability to identify and discuss practical implications of research studies

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2023/4 academic year.