International Business and Management


This module provides a framework for the study of the challenges of managing in complex international business environments.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with :An understanding of the different approaches to the management of organisational resources in different international settings and of the practical challenges of cross-cultural management.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Analyse the relationship between national culture, organisation behaviour, and management practice

2.  Evaluate the effects of globalisation/internationalisation of business

3.  Analyse the recent trends and development of international business and their impacts on managing multiple context organisations

4.  Evaluate contemporary issues in the management of international business

Indicative Content

1 Introduction: The theoretical background

Globalization and international business; Analysis of international external business environment; political factors; economical factors; social factors; technological factors and implications for international managers; International trade theories and practices.

2 International Business Strategies

Strategy and international business; Country evaluation and selection; Export and Import strategies; Direct investments and collaborative strategies.

3 International and cross-cultural management

International Dimensions of Culture: Understanding various dimensions of culture; Hofstede's (1980) National Culture Approach and Trompenaars (1993) Cultural Dimensions. Implications for International Managers. managing employee relations in multiple contexts

4 Managing in international contexts

Culture and Negotiations: Understanding the relationship between culture and negotiations; how to reconcile possible conflicts regarding differences in culture and negotiations.

5 Contemporary issues in managing international business

managing international work assignments, Understanding the implications of CSR on MNE decision making.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

This is a 20 SCQF credit module. It will be delivered in a three hour per week series of class based activities (over 14 weeks), one lecture, one lectorial and one tutorial. Guest lectures will feature as part of the teaching approach designed to foster understanding of applied issues related to the module. It is expected that the tutorial activity will be student led embracing the enquiry based learning approach of the module (60% of contribution)

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 28
Tutorial/Seminar 14
Supervised Practical Activity 0
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 50
Independent 108

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2019/20 , and may be subject to change for future years.