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MANG6364 Global Business Environment (PT)

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The multi-disciplinary approach of this module, which focuses on external influences that impact an organisation, provides a context in which to bring together the other modules of the programme, e.g. accounting, finance, marketing, operations, and organisational leadership. The central aim for students is to combine these external factors and gather relevant knowledge that can be applied to decision-making in international businesses. Students will use case studies and examples to examine the complexities of implementation, but we also encourage students to articulate and reflect upon their own diverse backgrounds.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • Globalisation and the macroeconomic context for international business;
  • The key environmental, social, economic, technological, ecological, legal and political factors that influence international business and its management;
  • How relationships with multiple stakeholders, especially with regard to ethical and responsible behaviour, contribute to the formation of business strategy and corporate reputation.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Analyse and interpret the significance of current and future trends in economics, politics, technology, environment and society on international business;
  • Analyse and interpret the significance of globalisation and the international macroeconomic context for international business;
  • Assess the impact of multiple stakeholder groups, especially with regard to ethical and responsible behaviour, on business decisions and corporate reputation in an international environment.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Write effectively for business purposes;
  • Manage individual tasks, personal resources and time effectively;
  • Think critically and argue effectively;
  • Work effectively as part of a task-orientated and diverse group;
  • Present effectively for business purposes.


• Globalisation and the macroeconomic context for international businesses. • The impact of environmental, social, economic, technological, ecological, legal and political factors on international business. • Multiple stakeholder perspectives, ethical behaviour, corporate social responsibility (CSR) and reputation for organisations and their impact on business decisions in an international environment.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • Lectures • Group discussions • Visiting companies and acquiring information about their international operations • Individual and group research. Learning activities include • Working on a group project and negotiating an agreed position to present • Researching, analysing and discussing issues and defining problems and their consequences for organisations and individuals • Visiting organisations that work in a global environment • Private study.

Independent Study40
Total study time100

Resources & Reading list

The Wall Street Journal. 

Journal of International Management. 

Brooks, I., Weatherston, J. (2006). The Business Environment: Challenges and Changes. 

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

Crane, A., Matten, D., Spence, L. (2008). Corporate Social Responsibility: readings and cases in a global context. 

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

Morrison, J. (2006). The International Business Environment. 

The Financial Times. 

Needle, D. (2010). Business in Context. 

The Economist. 

Kew, J., Stredwick, J. (2005). Business Environment: Managing in a Strategic Context. 

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

Farnham, D. The World is Flat. 

Palmer, A., Hartley, B. (2002). The Business Environment. 



In-class formative opportunities


MethodPercentage contribution
Group report  (1500 words) 30%
Report  (2000 words) 70%


MethodPercentage contribution
Report 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Report  (2000 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:


Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase the mandatory/additional reading text as appropriate.

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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