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Module Title
International Business

Foreign direct investment, intercultural management, regional economic integration, internationalisation

SCQF Points15
ECTS Points7.5
CreatedMay 2009
ApprovedJuly 2013
AmendedAugust 2013
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Prerequisites for Module

None in addition to SCQF Level 8 entry requirements or equivalent.

Corequisite Modules


Precluded Modules


Aims of Module

The module aims to develop students' understanding of the context of international business and its environment; international business strategies and operations and the internationalisation of the firm.

Learning Outcomes for Module

On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:

1. Describe and explain various approaches to the conduct of international business
2. Explain the processes of firm internationalisation
3. Describe and compare how the business environments of countries influence the operational style and approach of international firms
4. Understand how changing international trade patterns and globalisation influence the patterns of international business.

Indicative Module Content

National Differences in Political Economy; ethics in international business; foreign direct investment; regional economic integration; the organisation of international business; entry strategies and strategic alliances; exporting, importing, and countertrade; the internationalisation process; modes of operation in the international firm.

Indicative Student Workload

Contact Hours

Full Time

Directed Study

directed study

Private Study

private study

Mode of Delivery

Lectures, seminars, tutorials

Assessment Plan

Learning Outcomes Assessed
Component 1 1,2,3,4

Coursework: an integrative analysis of the international business environment.

Indicative Bibliography

1.DANIELS, J.D., RADEBAUGH, L.H. and SULLIVAN, D.P., 2015. International business: environments and operations. 15th ed. New Jersey: Pearson Prentice Hall.
2.DICKEN, P., 2015. Global shift: mapping the contours of the world economy. 7th ed. New York: Guilford Press.
3.HILL, C.W.L., 2011. International business: competing in the global marketplace. 8th ed. New York: McGraw Hill/Irwin.
4.LASSERRE, P., 2012.Global strategic management. 3rd ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
5.MORRISON, J., 2009. International business: challenges in a changing world. 2nd ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
6.RUGMAN, A.M., COLLINSON, S. and HODGETTS, R.M., 2012. International business. 6th ed. Harlow: Pearson.
7.SWEENEY, P.D and McFARLIN, D.B., 2015 International management: strategic opportunities and cultural challenges. London: Routledge.
8.WALL, S. and MINOCHA, S., 2015. International business. 3th. ed. Harlow: Pearson.

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