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Postgraduate Course: International Trade and Business Strategy (MCS) (CMSE11142)

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) Credits20
Home subject areaCommon Courses (Management School) Other subject areaAsian Studies
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course provides an overall understanding of the needs, contexts and processes of top-level decision-making for businesses working in an international context (multinational corporations in particular), and some useful approaches to analysing them. The course highlights and analyses the strategic choices (and implementation approaches and methods) open to managements faced with complex international business opportunities and threats.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Only open to MCS Chinese Studies students.
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesNone
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?No
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Formative Assessment Hours 10, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 162 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 40 %
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours:Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)International Trade and Business Strategy2:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Subject specific knowledge, understanding and skills
On completion of the course students will be expected to have acquired:
Understanding of the complexity of strategic management.
Understanding of the traditional approaches of strategic analysis.
Knowledge of the tools of strategy analysis and their limitations.
Understanding of the current issues being faced by managers in developing their international businesses
Understanding of the importance and dynamics of the world trading system for economic development and international business
Understanding of why enterprises choose to expand operations across national boundaries
Knowledge about the alternative strategies enterprises may adopt to exploit overseas markets
The ability to use strategic management concepts and approaches to produce persuasive conclusions about firms.

Cognitive abilities and non-subject specific skills
On completion of the course work students should be able to:
Manage and analyse relevant information about firms in a clear, sound and explicit way.
Work in groups
Communicate analyses and conclusions clearly and persuasively in presentations

Key Skills:
On completion of the course work students should have:
Learned the dynamic process of argumentation for a senior-management type decision
Demonstrated their ability to present at a senior level
Demonstrated their ability to source and collect material relevant to the topic
Assessment Information
Exam 60%
Group presentation 40%
Special Arrangements
None
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Not entered
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Required Texts:

Charles W L Hill Global Business Today (McGraw-Hill, 2011, 7th Ed)
Grant, R., M. (2010) Contemporary Strategy Analysis: Combined Text and Cases (7th ed.), Blackwell

Extra Recommended Texts:

Peter Dicken Global Shift (Sage 2007, 5th Ed)
Bartlett, C., Ghoshal, S & Beamish, P (2008) Transnational Management (5th Ed), New York NY: McGraw-Hill.
Johnson, G., Whittington, R. and Scholes, K (2011) Exploring Strategy: Text and Cases (9th ed.), Pearson - FT Prentice Hall.
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsITBS_MCS
Contacts
Course organiserMr Malcolm Hamilton
Tel:
Email:
Course secretaryMiss Rachel Allan
Tel: (0131 6)51 3757
Email: Rachel.Allan@ed.ac.uk
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