Module at a Glance
Introduction to the Module.
Jan 21 st , 2019
Emerging Issues & Trend Analysis : Global & Regional Analysis.
Jan 28 th , 2019
Competitive landscape Analysis Industry KSF’s.
Feb 4 th , 2019
Internal Organisation Scrutiny & Success Factors: RBV & Value Chain.
Feb 11 th , 2019
Assessing Resources & Capabilities: VIRO Analysis KPI analysis.
Feb 18 th , 2019
Corporate & Business strategy.
Feb 25 th , 2019
Disruptive Technology & Blue Ocean Opportunities.
Mar 4 th , 2019
Organisation Culture, CSR & Brand equity: Stakeholder engagement & reputation management.
Mar 11 th , 2019
Strategic leadership: Psychology & Disruptive entrepreneurship.
Mar 18 th , 2019
International Strategies: Organic Vs Inorganics Growth Strategies.
Mar 25 th , 2019
Strategic Options & Recommendations.
April 1 st , 2019
Reprise of Module: Preparation for exam.
April 8 th , 2019
Module Assessment at a Glance
Weekly Business Simulation (Glo-Bus): From February 7 th to April 11 th
March 28 th : before 12.59pm.
Exam (Closed Book)
May 2019 (Exact date to be confirmed by WBS Registry)
The Module Aims & Learning Outcomes
Summary of Module Content:
This module involves strategic thinking that draws together all aspects of business & management and applies them to the context of the international business environment. The module content links strategic analysis to the critical appraisal of international business scenarios and cases. Students will learn how to develop sustainable business models and solutions in a complex and changing world and to think like business analysts, management consultants & executive decision-makers.
To develop the analytical skills to identify strategic issues in organisations and their external environments on a regional and global scale.
To develop an understanding of the most important strategic issues confronting the international manager.
To synthesise learning from other modules and provide a means of setting their principles and practices in the overall organizational context; the module thus draws on builds upon theoretical and practical information covered earlier in the course, adding to knowledge concerning strategies, governance, ethics and the drivers of the international political economy.
On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:
Critically assess the external drivers and emerging issues that influence industry and firm-based decision-making
Evaluate the strategic situations of firms including their internal value chain ecosystems, financial resources, organisational structure and cultural typologies.
Use relevant strategic concepts and frameworks to analyse internal & external strategic issues that are important to manager in internationalising and globalising firms.
Provide appropriate strategic options as possible solutions for smaller internationalising firms as well as established international and global companies.
Critically appraise and debate major contemporary strategic issues that will be potentially disruptive in industries of the future including topics such as 3D Printing, Internet of Everything, Digitalisation & alternative energy
Indicative Syllabus Content
The indicative syllabus areas that you will be covering are:
Contemporary emerging issues in the international & global business environment
Strategic frameworks for environmental scanning
Joint ventures, strategic alliances and networks and other recent developments in international and global business strategy
Strategic concepts, theories and framework for critically analysing organisations and their ecosystems
Critical appraisal of resources and capabilities and international competitor analysis
Understanding and critically assessing organisational structure, culture and architecture in globalising industries
International knowledge management and strategy
CSR and strategic stakeholder engagement in the international context
Strategic options frameworks and evaluation
Teaching and Learning Methods
Student Learning & Teaching Hours
Assessment on the Module
There are three assessments:
A group project involves examining the strategic choices facing an internationally active organisation and its executive board in a business simulation that takes place over a number of years.
The second assessment is an individual critical essay of 2000 words on aspects of strategic theory and practice.
The end-of-module examination will involve a 3 hour closed-book exam based on a pre-seen case study
Students will be assessed on:
Their ability to relate the underpinning current theory and practice in strategic management to specific real life contexts
Their capacity to synthesise different theoretical approaches and identify challenges facing both international and global business managers.
Their capacity to critically evaluate traditional and contemporary strategic management theory and its relevance and usefulness to management practice in complex and often disruptive international environments.
Their ability to develop clearly and concise strategic options with evidence based argument and to critically argue what are the best solutions going forward in applied various international business cases and scenarios.
Assessment Methods and Weightings Assessment Name Weighting Pass Mark Retake mark Assessment Type Group Practical 30 50 40 Glo-Bus Business Simulation. Report 20 50 40 Individual Critical Report Examination- Closed Book 50 50 40 A 3 Hour Closed Book Exam
What happens if you submit your coursework after the deadline?
If you hand your coursework in after the official deadline, you will be subject to penalties. Please read the following extract from the Course Handbook.
Penalties for late submission of coursework
The University operates a two-tier penalty system for late submission of coursework and in-module assessment. This regulation applies to all students registered for an award irrespective of their level of study.
All University coursework deadlines are scheduled between Monday and Thursday inclusive. Where possible, the submission day will coincide with the day the module classes are normally taught. However, the University does not allow submission deadlines to be set for Fridays.
If you submit your coursework late but within 24 hours of the specified deadline, 10% of the overall marks available for that element of assessment (i.e. 10%) will be deducted, as a penalty for late submission, except for work which obtains a mark in the range 50 – 59%, in which case the mark will be capped at the pass mark (50%).
If you submit your coursework more than 24 hours after the specified deadline, you will be given a mark of zero for the work in question.
Late work and any claim of Mitigating Circumstances relating to coursework must be submitted at the earliest opportunity to ensure as far as possible that the work can still be marked.
You will normally have the right to submit coursework 5 working days after the original deadline. Once the work of other students has been marked and returned, late submissions of that same piece of work cannot be assessed
Reading & Engaging with the Module
Required and recommended reading
As master students you will be expected to read beyond the set text. I will refer to recommended reading in lectures and seminars. You will also find it worthwhile to stay a