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Unit information: Global Business Environment in 2018/19

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Unit name Global Business Environment
Unit code EFIM10012
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Harry Pitts
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Management
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law


The aim of this unit is to provide students with knowledge and clear understanding of the political economy of the global business environment which underpins the principles and processes of international business management in multinational enterprises (MNEs) that function in a rapidly globalising and competitive world economy, and the challenges posed to globalisation in a time of contemporary upheaval.

The unit will also provide the opportunity for students to interrogate contemporary case studies across different sectors of the world economy, which will further develop their practical, analytical, and key skills for the challenges of the modern workplace.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of the unit, students will be able to:

a) critically evaluate theories associated with the establishment of the contemporary global business environment, specifically concerning the changing nature of nation-states, global regulators and multinational enterprises in both developing and developed world contexts;

b) analyse the strategies of multinational enterprises across a range of different economic sectors and international contexts;

c) work independently, develop critical thinking and be reflective and reflexive in the learning process;

d) develop effective team-working, communication, written and oral, and planning skills;

e) be effective at self-management with respect to their own student-centred learning and time-management.

Teaching details

The unit will be taught through Lectures (20) and Classes (10).

Some large group sessions may be delivered by guest lecturers expert in the fields studied. Small group sessions will use specific empirical case studies to explore wider conceptual and organisational issues.

Assessment Details


10 mins presentation


Group poster (20%) - this assesses ILO (d)

2,000 word essay (80%) - this assesses ILOs (a), (b), (c), (e)

Reading and References

Core Text

Dicken, P., Global shift. 7th edition. SAGE/Guildford Press. 2015

Recommended texts

Srnicek, N., Platform Capitalism. Polity. 2017

Indicative additional reading

M Ebenau, I Bruff & C May (eds), New Directions in Comparative Capitalisms Research: Critical and Global Perspectives. Palgrave Macmillan. 2015

Smith, C., Liu, M., (eds) China at Work. A Labour Process Perspective on the Transformation of Work and Employment in China. Palgrave Macmillan. 2016.

Indicative journals

Journal of Management Studies, Organization Studies, Journal of International Business Studies, Regional Studies, Journal of Economic Geography, Global Networks, Academy of Management Review, Journal of World Business