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Strategy in Global Organisations - MAN00065M

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  • Department: The York Management School
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Dimitrios Georgakakis
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2022-23

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Spring Term 2022-23

Module aims

This module aims to combine ideas from international management and strategic management to take an interdisciplinary approach to build students' understanding of the management of organisations operating across borders. This is done by considering the role of strategy and change in multinational organisations and the implications for business functions including human resources, marketing and operations. There will be a focus on the application of theory to empirical case studies.

It will contribute to the development of graduates able to take a holistic view of international management problems, with an awareness of the multifaceted nature of the multinational corporation.

Module learning outcomes

Subject content

The module will introduce students to the development of international organisations in the temporal and spatial dimensions,, with a critical bent and a focus on firm level analysis. By the end of the module students will have an understanding of:

· The development of the multinationals and alternatives to them

  • The cultural context of international management, and cross cultural management
  • The cultural context of international management, and cross cultural management

· Strategizing for and structuring international organisations

· Developing and managing capabilities at an international level

· Managing change in international organizations

· International marketing, the global supply chain, and logistics

· Approaches to Human Resource Management across borders

· International management in the financialised era

Students will use this knowledge to evaluate competing approaches to international business as relevant to these themes.

Academic and graduate skills

Academic – students will build analytic and evaluative skills through this module. The module will be delivered through a mix of lecture and workshop activities. The accent will be on encouraging interaction and independent thought, with a particular interest in student centred learning and building research skills. While case studies, both written and film based will be used, students will also be encouraged to conduct some research of their own into the operations of multinational companies which interest them. Students will be encouraged to use their knowledge to analyse and evaluate the strategies of the organisations studied and to develop their initiative to come up with culturally sensitive solutions to international management problems. Students will also be encouraged to develop their research interests in the international management/strategy field with a view to informing their choice of dissertation subject.

Graduate skills – the module aims to develop responsive and versatile graduates able to offer a fresh perspective on international management problems. They will be able to offer potential employers a unique viewpoint enriched by theoretical understanding and a critical viewpoint.

Module content

For assessment, students will write a 3000 word report applying international management concepts to an international management problem of their own choosing. This will be cleared with the module team in advance, through the submission of a one page summary in week 7.


Task Length % of module mark
Summative Report 3,000 words
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Summative Report 3,000 words
N/A 100

Module feedback

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

Indicative reading

Deresky, Helen, International Management: Managing Across Borders and Cultures - Text and Cases, (Pearson, 2013).

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.