SOAS University of London

School of Finance and Management

International management

Module Code:
FHEQ Level:
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Term 1

This module introduces theories and frameworks from international trade and business, internationalization of firms, international entrepreneurship, cross-cultural management, marketing and strategy. Students are expected to build up knowledge and skills in the international management field, which will contribute to their understanding of related modules on the MSc International Business Programme by using ideas, concepts, techniques and materials to explain issues involved in international management.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

On completion of this module students should be able to:

1. critically explain and analyse theories of internationalisation;

2. discuss the impacts of national culture, country risks and opportunities on internationalisation of firms;

3. assess internationalisation strategies and organisation structures;

4. understand international business operations in global production, marketing and human resource management;

5. explain and assess the patterns and trends of foreign direct investment;

6. discuss firm practices in the internationalisation process independently and critically;

7. discuss, explain and critique concepts in writing; and

8. explore and assess a range of alternative use of resources.



This module consists of a 1-hour weekly lecture over 10 weeks of term plus a revision lecture in term 3 as preparation for the final examination. Students will be supplied with a syllabus with a breakdown week by week of required and additional reading. Reading materials are usually accessed electronically from the BLE and students should come to class prepared.


This module also has a weekly 1-hour tutorial where the questions posed by the tutor relevant to the lecture are explored and discussed by the students. Students also prepare and deliver a short presentation.

Total Work load:

Students on this module will have 2 taught hours each week. Additionally, adequate personal study time should be allocated for reading and class preparation.

Method of assessment

Assessment for this module is in three elements:

  1. One tutorial presentation at 10%
  2. One essay of 2,500 words at 30%
  3. One unseen 2-hour written examination at 60%

All elements except the presentation may be resubmitted.


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