International Business Management

The details
Essex Business School
Southend Campus
Undergraduate: Level 5
Monday 13 January 2025
Friday 21 March 2025
13 June 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BBA N100 Business Administration,
BBA N103 Business Administration (Including Placement Year),
BBA N104 Business Administration (Including Foundation Year),
BBA N104CO Business Administration (Including Foundation Year),
BBA N110 Business Administration (Including Year Abroad),
BSC N120 International Business and Entrepreneurship,
BSC N121 International Business and Entrepreneurship (Including Year Abroad),
BSC N123 International Business and Entrepreneurship (Including Placement Year),
BSC N124 International Business and Entrepreneurship (Including Foundation Year),
BSC N124CO International Business and Entrepreneurship (Including Foundation Year),
BSC N355 International Business and Finance,
BSC N356 International Business and Finance (Including Placement Year),
BSC N357 International Business and Finance (Including Year Abroad),
BSC N358 International Business and Finance (Including Foundation Year),
BSC N358CO International Business and Finance (Including Foundation Year)

Module description

This module introduces students to the content and processes of international market expansion, with insights into pre-entry decision making and post-entry management.

As a continuation of the module on the International Business Environment, this module provides students with a basic understanding of key concepts and issues in the internationalisation process.

Module aims

The aims of this module are:

  • To provide students with an in-depth understanding of the key concepts and issues surrounding the processes involved in international expansion.

  • To encourage students to think critically about internationalisation processes and equip them with the knowledge and tools within which to make decisions to enter new markets and manage international operations effectively.

Module learning outcomes

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

  1. Define key concepts surrounding international expansion.

  2. Analyse different theoretical approaches to international expansion.

  3. Understand, describe, and assess the different modes of expansion available to entrepreneurs, and select an entry mode.

  4. Determine which modes of expansion are aligned with entrepreneurial incentives.

Module information

The module begins by discussing theoretical perspectives on international expansion. It then goes on to describe different modes of international expansion including non-equity and equity modes. It describes how new markets for entry are selected, and what kinds of strategies entrepreneurs can use to entering these markets.

The remaining lectures are dedicated to the control and management of operations abroad.

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Learning and teaching methods

This module will be delivered via:

  • One 2-hour lecture per week.
  • Three seminars per term.
  • Discussion of case studies, discussion of journal articles, class exercises, group work.

Lectures will be developed around the key concepts as mentioned in the indicative module content and will use a range of examples and cases from business practice to demonstrate the application of theoretical concepts.

Seminars / classes will focus extensively on class exercises and discussions of journal articles. The seminars will take place during class time, three times during the term. Class exercises will be combined with group work to provide students with the opportunity to develop critical and practical problem skills. Seminars will take place during class time at the lecturer's discretion, i.e., some classes will warrant a full two-hour lecture.


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Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Individual Essay    100% 

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
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Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mr Palitha Konara, email:
Palitha Konara



External examiner

Dr Vikrant Shirodkar
University of Sussex
Senior Lecturer In International Business
Available via Moodle
Of 28 hours, 28 (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).


Further information
Essex Business School

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