International Management

The details
Essex Business School
Colchester Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7
Monday 15 January 2024
Friday 22 March 2024
07 December 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MSC N2E112 Management (International),
MSC N2E124 Management (International)

Module description

Business is international in scope as managers take advantage of the comparative advantages countries around the world offer through complex and geographically dispersed value chains, not only to sell products but also to access intermediate goods, capital, knowledge and skills. This module addresses several questions. 'How can a domestic firm internationalise its operations?' 'How are its resources and capabilities challenged and transformed by internationalisation?' 'What factors determine the success of an international business operation?'

While many practical examples are provided, focus is given to developing an analytical approach to addressing these questions. The module considers political, economic, technological and sociocultural aspects of the environment, and the strategies companies adopt when conducting business across national boundaries. Through the final assessment project, students analyse the internationalisation of a real-life organisation, identifying the purpose of internationalisation, selecting the most appropriate target markets and considering the various means available to the firm to internationalise its operations.

Topical issues in international business are also discussed throughout the module, such as the impact of Brexit on the trading relationships of the UK, the re-emergence of emerging market MNEs, and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on business and society globally.

Module aims

The aims of this module are:

  • To provide an understanding of the internationalisation process firms undertake while selecting and targeting opportunities overseas.

  • To develop your awareness of trends in the international business environment and the opportunities and challenges internationalisation brings.

  • To develop your knowledge of where, why and how to conduct international business in order to gain an understanding of what determines the success and failure of firms conducting international business.

  • To facilitate the development of your skills in critical thinking, analysis and evaluation to enable you to make business decisions informed by a range of considerations and perspectives.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the complex interactions between various political, economic, technological and sociocultural factors that characterise the international business environment.

  2. Evaluate the ways in which international business differs from domestic business and develop detailed knowledge on international business issues.

  3. Apply theoretical principles to critically analyse the current business environment.

  4. Evaluate relevant factors to make effective business decisions.

Skills for Your Professional Life (Transferable Skills)

By the end of the module, you will have developed your skills in the following areas:

  1. Develop your commercial awareness through the study of current issues facing businesses in the international arena.

  2. Enhance your understanding of communication in organisations, e.g. through the study of top management teams and issues pertaining to international management.

  3. Develop your understanding of the wider context of business, e.g. through relating international business decisions to the external environment.

  4. Enhance your presentation and communication skills by making active contributions in class case-study work.

  5. Develop your teamwork skills through working with other students.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

This module will be delivered via:

  • Ten 3-hour learning and teaching sessions.

These will follow a general format of one-hour lectures and two-hour seminars, although the classroom time will be organised flexibly to suit the stage in the module development and students' learning needs.

The lectures introduce key concepts, frameworks and theories relevant to the field, while seminars revolve around understanding their practical relevance and application in the context of organisations operating in the international business environment. It is the students' responsibility to be prepared for each session. A student will benefit from belonging to a "study group" that meets and prepares for each session before class. Students are expected to contribute to class discussions and presentations on work-in-progress.

Students are required:

  • To read the appropriate reading materials for each session prior to the class.
  • To prepare for any exercises given.
  • To participate in the preparation of the reports.
  • To attend the sessions.


The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course.
The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students.
Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   3,000 words business report     75% 
Written Exam  MCQ Test     25% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Jamie Woodcock, email:
Phoebe Moore, Callum Cant



External examiner

Dr Fabian Frenzel
Available via Moodle
Of 30 hours, 30 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.


Further information
Essex Business School

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