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Postgraduate Course: Outward Investment from Emerging Markets (20 credit version) (CMSE11144)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course is aimed to provide students with an overview of scholarly conventions, managerial approaches and practical impacts of outward investment from emerging markets. It also aims to provide students with an appreciation of additional complexities and challenges of international business for firms from emerging economies. The course covers a wide range of materials relating to emerging markets including major emerging economies (BRICs - Brazil, Russia, India and China) as well as dynamic emerging nations like Africa.
Course description The 2015 UNCTAD World Investment Report (p1) notes "in 2014, nine of the 20 largest investor countries were from developing or transition economies" understanding outward investment from emerging economies is thus an increasingly vital topic to address in building theoretical and practical understanding of international business.

The course is intended to help students to develop analytical skills and engagement in contemporary issues about international business and emerging markets. The course is divided into six sessions on some of the general issues driving outward investment from emerging markets, including development strategy, government policy, global economic integration, geographical distribution of FDI, global competitiveness, entry strategy at firm level and challenges for both firms and governments of developing economies.

The course draws on a combination of theoretical discussion, case examination - of emerging economies and organisations within those geographies - and group and individual working to help students understand current theories, practices, debates and trajectories of outward investment from emerging economies.

The course consists lecture sessions and tutorials in the form of group presentations. Each topic address a key theme or debate so that, in combination, students are given a rounded view of contemporary theory and practice relating to Outward Investment from Emerging Markets.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements For Business School PG students only, or by special permission of the School. Please contact the course secretary
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2019/20, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 166 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 80 %, Practical Exam 20 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Form of Assessment:
The assessment methods for the course consist of two parts:
(1) Group presentation (20%)
(2) Individual assignment (80%)
Feedback The group assessment task will be worked on over the course of the semester, allowing formative feedback to be provided through lecture sessions on working drafts of the submission. In class debates around practice cases - as well as dedicated time around the lectures - will also allow for the provision of formative feedback for individual student submissions. Summative feedback will be provided for both group and individual submissions as per university expectations.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. understand specific issues associated with globalisation and development strategy for emerging economies
  2. identify challenges that firms and governments in the developing countries are facing in the era of global business evolution
  3. evaluate appropriate entry strategies for firms operating in international markets
  4. summarise major changes in the world economy and patterns of outflows of FDI from emerging markets
  5. demonstrate their ability to articulate the opportunities and challenges for firms from emerging markets in the era of globalization and entry strategies in international markets
Reading List
The core theoretical concepts in the class can be found in the core text book - Dunning J. and Lundan S. (2008) Multinational Enterprises and the Global Economy (2nd ed), Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills A. Research and Enquiry
This course will support students in learning skills in researching, analysing and critiquing outward investment from emerging economies theory and practice.

B. Personal and Intellectual Autonomy
In-class activities and assessment tasks will encourage students to critically reflect on FDI practice, form their own views in debates on contemporary issues, and explore case situations (organisational, national and regional) that are of personal interest to them.

C. Communication
The programme will provide ample opportunities for students to shape their verbal, written and presentational communication skills in relation to the core topic in a range of settings (paired, group and class working).

D. Personal Effectiveness
In-class and assessment working will provide students with opportunity to demonstrate their personal effectiveness in group and individual work situations.
KeywordsOIEM 20cr
Course organiserDr Ling Liu
Tel: (0131 6)51 1429
Course secretaryMiss Fionna Ogilvie
Tel: (0131 6)51 3028
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