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International Business Environment - MAN00023H

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  • Department: The York Management School
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Leo McCann
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2018-19

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2018-19

Module aims

The module is designed to develop the knowledge and understanding the students have of business and management by exploring how theory and practice has responded to the internationalisation of economic and social activity. Issues to do with globalisation, international competition, international entry mode, transnational corporate strategy, and international regulatory institutions are examined with respect to their implications for the management of organisations. An important aspect of the module is to develop the intellectual capacities of students by taking existing knowledge of international business theory and applying it to a highly complex, dynamic, and frequently uncertain arena of management endeavour.

Module learning outcomes

  • Assess the social, economic and political factors which have influenced, and continue to influence international business.
  • Explain the role of international trading and regulatory institutions and their interaction with corporate strategy.
  • Explore and discuss the main dimensions of the international business environment and the dynamics of international trade and investment.
  • Distinguish between and apply different analytical techniques.
  • Appraise the significance of multi-national corporations and global brands.

Module content

  • The historical development of the current pattern of international business
  • Rise of Globalization theory since the 1990s
  • Debates on ‘global culture’
  • Globalisation vs. regionalisation – the political economy of international business
  • Multi-national corporations and global production and services
  • The impact of Brexit on the British economy
  • Global governance of trade and investment


Task Length % of module mark
International Business Environment
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
International Business Environment
N/A 100

Module feedback

Module assessment reports to students are written by the module leader for all assessments (open and closed) and placed on the VLE after the Board of Examiners has received the module marks

The timescale for the return of feedback will accord with TYMS policy

Indicative reading

McCann, L., (2018) A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonaby Cheap Book about Globalization, London: Sage 

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