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International Business in the Global Context - MAN00017M

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  • Department: The York Management School
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Teresa Da Silva Lopes
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2021-22

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Autumn Term 2021-22
B Spring Term 2021-22

Module aims

The module is designed to develop the knowledge and understanding of the major issues that businesses are confronted with when operating in international markets. It is devoted to the theoretical and applied aspects of international business environment associated with different types of risks and entry barriers faced by multinationals. It introduces key theories of international business. Business environmental issues such as responsibility in business and intellectual property right in the global context are also discussed. The theoretical understanding is illustrated and examined by reference to the examples of countries, international institutions, industries and companies.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students should be able to:-

  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the complex nature of the international business environment and how it influences international business.
  • Develop a sound understanding of international business
  • Evaluate and apply learned concepts, theories and frameworks in developing international business activities.
  • Gain an awareness of the responsibility of managers in the global business environment.

Module content

Subject content

  • The historical development and the current pattern of international business
  • The international institutional environment
  • Political risk and other types of exogenous risks in international business
  • Theories of foreign direct investment
  • Multinational market entry modes
  • International technology transfer, intellectual property rights and global value chains
  • Responsibility and the international business environment

Teaching Material

  • Handouts of the lecture slides will be available
  • A detailed reading list giving a comprehensive coverage of the content of the module will be distributed at the first session
  • Case studies


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Module feedback

The timescale for the return of feedback will accord with UYMS policy.

Indicative reading

Collison, Simon, Rajneesh Narula, and Alain Rugman. 2020. International Business. London: Pearson.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.