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Module Title
Global Business Environment

Globalisation,international business environment, global trade; multi-national corporations; international institutions.

SCQF Points30
ECTS Points15
CreatedJune 2016
ApprovedAugust 2016
Version No.1

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Prerequisites for Module

None in addition to SCQF entry qualifications or equivalent.

Corequisite Modules


Precluded Modules


Aims of Module

To introduce students to the study and analysis of the business environment at a global level, with a concurrent focus on how this impacts more locally.

Learning Outcomes for Module

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

1. Understand and critically evaluate the concept of globalisation, its different dimensions and the different theoretical debates surrounding the concept.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of the key environmental factors which have an impact on international business demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key economic concepts and mechanisms underpinning the international business environment.
3. Describe and explain in detail the ways in which globalisation has impacted upon the international business environment.
4. Demonstrate knowledge of, and an ability to critically analyse the implications of these changes for countries, organisations (including national governments) and individuals.
5. Analyse the consequences of changing regulatory and cultural environments for businesses and managers, and identify how global managers deal with the changing environments.

Indicative Module Content

What is globalisation?; background to international business; growth of cross-border trade; the economics of international business; the global regulatory environment; the emergence of multinational corporations; the role of international institutions (formal and informal); the ethics of international business; anti-globalisation.

Indicative Student Workload

Contact Hours

Full TimeDistance Learning

Directed Study


Private Study



Mode of Delivery

The module is delivered in full-time and part-time mode by lectures, interactive group work, case study seminars and directed self-study.
In distance learning mode, delivery is by online participation and discussion with self directed learning from paper-based and/or web-based learning materials.

Assessment Plan

Learning Outcomes Assessed
Component 1 1,2,3
Component 2 3,4,5

Indicative Bibliography

1.DANIELS, J. D. et al, 2014. <I>International business: environments and operations</I>. 15th Ed. Harlow: Pearson.
2.DICKEN, P., 2015. <I>Global Shift.</I> 7th Ed. New York: Guilford Press.
3.RITZER, G., 2015. <I>Globalization: a basic text.</I> 2nd Ed. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.
4.STEGER, M., 2008. <I>Globalisation: a very short introduction.</I> Oxford: Oxford University Press.
5.WEISS, T.G. and WILKINSON, R., 2014. <I>International organization and global governance.</I> London: Routledge.

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