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Postgraduate Course: Global Strategic Management: Issues and Perspectives (CMSE11128)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits15
Home subject areaCommon Courses (Management School) Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThe course critically examines issues of high strategic relevance to large multinational corporations. Based on current research and partly taught through the case study method, the course provides research concepts and arguments for analysing and managing strategic international issues. While providing insights into firms originating from developing economies, it primarily focuses on Western multinationals operating in developed and emerging countries, across a range of services and manufacturing sectors, among which retailing, fast-moving consumer goods, technology sectors.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements It will be assumed that you have a foundation in strategy-related and / or international business-related courses and/or other relevant experience.
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesIt will be assumed that you have a foundation in strategy-related and / or international business-related courses and/or other relevant experience.
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?No
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2011/12 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) WebCT enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Location Activity Description Weeks Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
No Classes have been defined for this Course
First Class First class information not currently available
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Knowledge and Understanding:
On completion of the course participants should be able to:
* Develop an understanding of important and advanced issues in current international strategic management research including:
o Appraise the diversity of contexts which multinationals span and their conflicting implications for firms&© behaviour
o Understand how today&©s multinationals create competitive advantage through the pursuit of $ýtransnational&© strategies, and regional strategies; how they implement those strategies by adopting innovative organizational forms; the issues they face in managing the change process
o Evaluate the challenges posed by players from emerging markets for Western multinationals, through an identification of distinctive features of their strategies, and Western firms&© possible responses
o Understand how multinationals manage innovation globally as well as the problems they face
o Assess the issues multinationals face in developing and implementing sustainable development policies
o Understand the critical issues and success factors in the management of cross-border mergers and acquisitions
* Develop skills for analysing and solving complex empirical problems, primarily through the case study approach

Intellectual Skills and personal development:
Cognitive Skills:
* Acquisition of knowledge on complex strategic and organisational problems large multinational firms face in today&©s global markets
* Ability to critically appraise the multiple facets of issues dealt with in the course
* Ability to research and apply concepts and arguments in the field of global strategy and management to analyse empirical problems
* Problem-solving and decision-making skills
* Communication skills both written and verbal
* Team-working skills
Key Skills:
On completion of the assessed course work students should be able to:
* Have a critical understanding of important and complex strategic and organisational problems large multinational firms face in today&©s global markets
* Be able to apply a systematic approach to analysing and solving empirical problems
* Communicate their analysis clearly by written and oral means

Subject-specific Skills:
Students will develop a critical understanding of important and advanced issues, concepts and debates in current strategic international management research.
Assessment Information
- a group project, which consists of an analysis of a case study or of an international management problem (approx. 2500 words): 40%
- an individual essay on a topical international strategic management issue (max. 2000 words): 60%
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Course organiserDr Monia Mtar
Tel: (0131 6)50 3799
Course secretaryMiss Rachel Allan
Tel: (0131 6)51 3757
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