Module Details

Module Code: BUSS C4325
Module Title: International Business
Title: International Business
Module Level:: 8
Credits:: 10
Module Coordinator: Martin Meagher
Module Author:: Fiona Burke
Module Description: This module aims to equip the student with an in-depth understanding of international business, by offering a wide range of areas that explore issues surrounding the spreading of business worldwide, the impact of globalisation, the role of the multinational corporation in the international arena, the use of outsourcing and off-shoring by companies, global human resource management, the global financial system, global competition and strategy.
Students will be encouraged through lectures, continuous assessment, student presentations and class discussions to develop their understanding and critical appraisal of international business.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
# Learning Outcome Description
LO1 Assess the historical development of international business;
LO2 Critically evaluate and debate the process of globalisation and discuss the role of the multinational corporation in the global economy;
LO3 Evaluate the use of outsourcing, off-shoring and global sourcing in international business;
LO4 Critically discuss issues in the global financial system and analyse the effects of economic financial crises on international business;
LO5 Evaluate different strategies for competing globally and understand how firms can use strategic alliances to support their global strategies;
LO6 Evaluate global human resource management and examine the functions of the HR department in an international business;
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is recommended before enrolment in this module.

No recommendations listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
Additional Requisite Information
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Indicative Content
History of International Business
Early trade; Short distance and long distance trade; The ‘Age of Discovery’; The core and the periphery economy; Industrial revolution and explosive growth; The establishment of the IMF and the World Bank; GATT and the World Trade Organisation; The global shift in international business; The opening up of new markets for business.
What is globalisation? The new policy consensus; International trade policy; Free trade and protectionism; The globalisation of markets; The globalisation of production; Drivers of globalisation; The changing demographics of the world economy; Culture and international business; Ethics in international business; The globalisation debate, winners and losers? Globalisation versus localisation; Managing in the global market place.
Global Sourcing
What is outsourcing? Reasons for sourcing globally; Global sourcing arrangements; The importance of global sourcing; Finding global sources; The increasing use of electronic purchasing for global sourcing; Problems with global sourcing.
The Global Financial System
Recent activities and the future of the IMF; Financial crises and the implications for international business; The Mexican currency crisis; The Russian rouble crisis; The East Asian financial crisis; Understanding Capital Markets; Capital Flows; Barriers to Capital Flows; The Expansion and Globalisation of Financial Markets.
Competing in a Global Market Place
Global strategy; Exporting, Importing, FDI; The competitive challenges facing international managers; Profiting from global expansion; Pressure for cost reductions; Strategic choice and Strategic alliances; Making alliances work; Partner selection; Alliance structure; Managing the alliance.
Global Human Resource Management
Regional and Cultural differences in labour conditions; Types of staffing policies; Sources of managers; Selection and training; Expatriates; Language training; Guidelines for performance appraisal; National differences in compensation; Salaries, allowances and bonuses; International labour relations.
Multinational Corporations (MNCs)
The big players globally; The primary movers and shapers of the global economy; Global clustering of MNC by industry; The geography of MNC production networks; The relationship between governments and MNCs; The relationship between MNCs and host economies; The relationship between MNCs and home economies; Attracting multinational corporation investment; Foreign direct investment; MNCs and trade; Taxation of MNCs.
Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment100.00%


Full Time

Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Essay % of Total Mark 50
Timing Week 6 Learning Outcomes 2
Non-marked No
Assessment Description
Academic Essay
Assessment Type Project % of Total Mark 50
Timing Week 12 Learning Outcomes 1,2,3,4,5,6
Non-marked No
Assessment Description
Project on the internationalisation of business.
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Exam Board
It is at the discretion of the Examination Board as to what the qualifying criteria are.

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Category Contact Type Workload Description Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload Hours
Lecture Contact No Description 12 Weeks per Stage 6.00 72
Independent Learning Time Non Contact No Description 15 Weeks per Stage 11.87 178
Total Weekly Contact Hours 6.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Category Contact Type Workload Description Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload Hours
Lecture Contact No Description Every Week 3.00 3
Independent Learning Time Non Contact No Description Every Week 15.00 15
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
Module Resources
Recommended Book Resources
  • Hill, Charles. (2021), International Business, Competing in the Global Marketplace, 13th Edition. McGraw-Hill, New York.
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Deresky, H.. (2021), International Management, 10th Edition. Pearson, UK.
  • Hill, C. and Hult, T.. (2020), Global Business Today, 11th Edition. McGraw Hill, New York.
  • Tamer, C., Pervez, N. and Leigh, A.. (2021), Doing Business in Emerging Markets, 3rd Edition. Sage, UK.
  • Benmamoun, M.. (2021), Issues in Global Business, Sage, UK.
  • Wild, J.. (2016), International Business, 8th Edition. Pearson, UK.
  • Dicken, P.. (2015), Global Shift, 7th Edition. Guilford Publications, UK.
  • Donald A. Ball... [et al.]. (2008), International business, 10th. McGraw-Hill Irwin, Boston, [ISBN: 0073530166].
  • Allen R.. (2002), Financial Crises and Recession in the Global Economy, 2nd. Edward Elgar Publishing..
  • Goldsmith E. and Mander J.. (2001), The Case Against the Global Economy & for a turn to Localisation, 1st. Earthscan Publications..
  • Gilpin R.. (2000), The Challenge of Global Capitalism,, 1st. Princeton University Press..
  • Van Marrewijk, C.. (2002), International Trade and the World Economy,, Oxford University Press..
  • Stiglitz J.. (2002), Globalisation and its Discontents, 1st. Penguin Press..
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