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Undergraduate Course: International Business and the Multinational Enterprise 2B (BUST08009)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaBusiness Studies Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThe course will examine the role of the multinational enterprise and the process of foreign direct investment; issues relating to culture, technology, intellectual property rights and finance are discussed; the international regime and the interaction between governments and investors will also be reviewed. This course is designed to be complementary to International Business 2Ah.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Business Studies 1 (BUST08001) OR ( Industrial Management 1 (BUST08002) AND Techniques of Management (MAEE08002))
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should usually have at least 1 introductory level Business Studies course at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses.
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Class Delivery Information Plus tutorials (one hour per week for 8 weeks)
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 8, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 166 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 75 %, Coursework 25 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)2:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
This course takes as its theme the strategies and operational activities of the multinational enterprise doing business in the global economy. This includes an assessment of the relationship between MNEs and the host governments of the nations states in which the MNE locates its operations.

Specifically, the course team aims to introduce you to:

. why enterprises choose to expand their operations across national borders;
. the alternative strategies enterprises may adopt to exploit overseas markets;
. the organisational implications of international operations including the implications for individual managers;
. operational aspects of multinational enterprise including: sourcing and logistics, technology management, protection of intellectual property rights and financial management;
. the interactive relationships between MNEs and host governments and the arguments for and against promoting (or constraining) inward foreign investment by host governments;
. the challenge of international marketing and exporting in a world of fluctuating exchange rates and non-tariff barriers.
Assessment Information
1 case study (group assignment) = 25%; 1 degree exam = 75%; resit exam = 100%.
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description International Business: Globalisation and Trade 2A (BUST08008) is recommended.
Syllabus Not entered
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Strongly recommended for purchase
.International Business compiled by Alan Brown & Stephen Harwood (2013, 3rd edition).

Optional purchase
┐Hill C. (2006), International Business (Competing in the Global Marketplace), 6th edition, McGraw-Hill/Irwin.
┐Czinkota, M.R. & Kotabe, M. (1998), Trends in International Business: Critical Perspectives, Blackwell.
.Dicken, P. (2007), Global Shift: Mapping the contours of the world economy, 5th edition, Sage.
.Kotler, P. (2000), Marketing Management, Prentice Hall.
Vernon-Wortzel, H. & Wortzel, L.H. (1995/1997), Global Strategic Management: The Essentials, 2nd or 3rd edition, Wiley.
.Bartlett, C.A. & Ghoshol, S. (1999), Transnational Management: Text, Cases and Reading in Cross-Border Management, 2nd edition, Irwin.
.Dunning, J.H. (1988), Explaining International Production, Unwin Hyman.

Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserMr Mehdi Safavi
Tel: (0131 6)50 3799
Course secretaryMiss Sara Dennison
Tel: (0131 6)50 3825
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