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Strategy and Innovation in Global Organisations - MAN00065M

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  • Department: The York Management School
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Matthew Hollow
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2024-25

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 2 2024-25

Module aims

This module builds on the knowledge that students have acquired during Semester 1 in the fields of strategic management, international business, and international HRM by taking an interdisciplinary approach to the contemporary challenges facing global organisations. In particular, it aims to get students to think about the extent to which traditional management theories and business models are still relevant to the contemporary global business environment. To assist students in exploring these issues, this course will make use of a range of relevant case studies that help to both illustrate and problematise some of the key challenges and choices facing global organisations today. In this way, this module will not only help students to develop critical insights into the state of the global economy, it will also help them acquire the skills needed to take a holistic view of international management problems and the challenges involved in tackling these issues.

Module learning outcomes

Module Outcomes

Upon completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the range of contemporary challenges facing global organisations

  • Evaluate and explain the strategic choices made by global organisations

  • Apply theory to practise through real-world examples

  • Research and critique the strategic choices made by global organisations

  • Present complex information in a clear and coherent fashion

Academic and graduate skills

Academic Skills – students will build analytic and evaluative skills through this module. The module will be delivered through a mix of lectures, seminars and workshop activities. The focus of the teaching will be on encouraging interaction and independent thought, with a particular interest in student centred learning and building research skills. 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.

Graduate Skills – the module aims to develop responsive and versatile graduates able to offer a fresh perspective on international management problems. Students will develop their research skills by researching the strategic choices made by global organisations. This module will also develop students’ analytical and evaluate skills, as well as helping them to develop the skills necessary to present complex information in concise and clear terms.

Module content

Pedagogical Approach

  • Taught sessions will include lectures, seminars, and skills workshops

  • Lecture slides, recordings and handouts will be available on the VLE

  • Additional digital learning materials will be available on the VLE

  • Core texts and a detailed reading list will be available on the VLE

Indicative Content

This module will cover a range of issues and challenges that exist in the contemporary global business environment and the resulting strategic options facing global organisations. Such topics may include,

but will not be limited to:

  • AI and Productivity in the Workplace

  • Cross-Cultural Communication

  • Innovation and Change in Global Organisations

  • The Rising Influence of State-Owned Multinational Organisations

  • Corruption and Crime in the Global Economy

  • Corporate Structures in the Digital Age


Task Length % of module mark
Summative Report 2,500 words
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Summative Report 2,500 words
N/A 100

Module feedback

Feedback will be given in accordance with the University Policy on feedback in the Guide to Assessment as well as in line with the School policy.

Indicative reading

  • Deresky, H. (2017). International Management: Managing Across Borders and Cultures, Texts and Cases, 9th edition, (Harlow: Pearson, 2017).

  • Lasserre, P. (2017). Global strategic management (Fourth edition). London: Palgrave.

  • Mellahi, K. et al. (2021). The Oxford Handbook of International Business Strategy. Oxford: Oxford University Press USA - OSO.

  • Verbeke, A. and Lee, I. H. I. (2021). International Business Strategy: Rethinking the Foundations of Global Corporate Success. Third edition. Cambridge University Press.

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.