The University of Southampton

MANG6275 European Business Context

Module Overview

The module enables students to gain additional insights through industry and academic speakers. In addition, students will visit a number of different organisations enabling them to see organisational management complexity in situ.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

This residential module is compulsory for the MBA programme and aims to provide you with an International/European perspective on business management. This module provides you with a core body of knowledge and skills associated with the managerial and strategic challenges faced by organisations that operate internationally taking into account the political and institutional constraints of the European Economic Area. The knowledge and skill gained in this module will enable you to appreciate the complexity of managing within a global environment.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • The regional, national, and international dimensions of strategically managing organisations;
  • The challenges faced by managers in operating international organisations;
  • The impact of the European Economic Area as a socio-political influence on organisational management.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Appreciate the complexity associated with organisational management in a global environment;
  • Assess and evaluate the impact of national, regional, and international policies and institutional frameworks on the strategic direction of organisations; and
  • Form and evaluation decisions that take account of the challenges managers face in international business environments.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Think more critically and analytically about the influences on strategic decisions of organisations in an international context;
  • Demonstrate greater awareness of the impact of national and international policy on business decisions; and
  • Present clear, concise, and evidence-based arguments to deal with and address challenges managers face.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Apply your experiences in your respective work environments to evaluate the managerial and strategic challenges;
  • Develop managerial scenarios that take account of national, regional, and international complexities.


These subject areas will be complemented by site visits to a range of organisations, such as: • LIOF Industrial Bank • Medtronic • Maastricht Chamber of Commerce • Q-Park • The European Commission • SKF Logistics • ING Bank These organisations are indicative and are subject to change, depending on availability.

Special Features

This module is particularly valuable, as it includes site visits to organisations, where you as a student can experience and observe how different industries operate within regional, national, and international environments. In addition, the residential aspect allows you to immerse yourself in the subject matter, whilst enabling you also to engage with your peers both from the Southampton Business Management School and from Maastricht. The team providing the site visits and the classroom-based input is diverse, with practitioners, senior academics, and individuals who straddle both academe and practice. This will expose you to a range of views, adding to your knowledge base by learning from their experiences and expertise.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Will make use of a range of learning and teaching approaches. You will participate in more traditional lecture-led sessions during most of the mornings during the residential module. These sessions are designed to be participative for you to engage with the theoretical and conceptual arena of this subject matter. Pivotal to this module are the site visits to a range of organisations located within the vicinity of Maastricht. You will have guided tours, seminars, and discussions in organisations that work in and manage the complexities of organisations operating internationally. The module will be taught in English. The module will further encourage you to reflect on both the practical experiences and the conceptual subject matter underpinning those experiences by participating in Action Learning Sets (ALS). These ALS sessions take place regularly to consolidate your experiences and work towards the intended learning outcomes. In order to gain most from this experience, you will have the opportunity to meet with students from Maastricht to share experiences and knowledge. This peer-to-peer learning is further enhanced through bringing together all the MBA cohorts delivered through the Southampton Management School and thus allowing you to work with students who have a range of experiences and perspectives. Feedback on assignments will be provided through written comments in a timely fashion in line with Business School policy. The module will develop your knowledge and skill of managing within an International/European environment. In order to achieve this, the learning methods have been designed to familiarise you with both the conceptual underpinnings of the subject area (drawing also on material already covered in earlier parts of the MBA) and the practical realities of managing such organisations. The aim is for you to translate this learning into practice and the assessment methods reflect this ambition to develop such practical knowledge and skills that is underpinned by a sound theoretical base. The reflection will assess your ability to draw on your experiences and learning, identifying how the module may have altered your perceptions and potential implications for future actions as managers. This assignment will also include a 1000 word learning log for the week. The group report will test your comprehension of the theoretical and conceptual foundations and your ability to critically reflect on the subject area in light of the practical insights gained during the residential module. The report will be discussing your learning in relation to the organisations you have visited, thus reiterating the practical relevance of the learnt material.

Independent Study70
Total study time100

Resources & Reading list

H. Deresky (2011). International Management: Managing Across Borders and Cultures Text and Cases. 

European Management Journal. Journal

International Journal of European Management. Journal

C.I. Koen (2005). Comparative International Management. 

Journal of International Management. Journal

P.N. Gooderham and O. Nordhaug (eds) (2003). International Management: Cross-Boundary Challenges. 



Individual report


MethodPercentage contribution
Group report  (3500 words) 70%
Individual reflection 30%


MethodPercentage contribution
Individual reflection  (3500 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Individual report  (3500 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Travel Costs for placements

Cost of hotels, visas, coach hire, ferry crossing to Europe and external speakers. This is budgeted for in the MBA budget.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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