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MN30371: Economic governance, competitiveness and policy

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2013/4
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: School of Management
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment: CW 100%
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before taking this unit you must take an introductory course in Business Economics (e.g. MN10006, MN10070 or MN50169).
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
This unit aims to encourage students to critically analyse the wider implications of corporate strategies from the perspective of both mainstream and heterodox economics, with specific reference to the 'public interest'. By the end of this unit, students should have a wider understanding of the different types of economic governance that exist and the issues that policy-makers face in promoting competitiveness at both a regional and national level.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this unit, students should have an appreciation of the issues of economic governance, competitiveness and the associated policy implications. They should be able to differentiate between different types of governance mechanisms (such as hierarchical corporate structures and networks of firms) and identify the issues that policy makers face in dealing with market power and globalisation. In particular, they should be able to make some reasoned analysis of issues such as those that relate to the private sector's provision of public utilities and also the impact of transnational corporations upon regional competitiveness and sustainable local economic and social development.

Critical and analytical thinking, and an appreciation of the practical application of the theoretical concepts (F/A).

Strategic decision-making, strategic failure, economic governance, economic and social development, and their implications for regional and national competitiveness. Policy implications and perspectives: in particular those relating to regulation, globalisation and local economic development strategies.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

MN30371 is Optional on the following programmes:

School of Management
  • UMMN-AFB02 : BSc (hons) Accounting and Finance (Full-time) - Year 3
  • UMMN-AKB02 : BSc (hons) Accounting and Finance (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 4
  • UMMN-ANB01 : BSc (hons) Business Administration (Full-time with Thin Sandwich Placements) - Year 4
Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
  • UXXX-AYB05 : BSc (hons) International Management and Modern Languages (French) (Full-time with Year Abroad) - Year 4
  • UXXX-AYB04 : BSc (hons) International Management and Modern Languages (German) (Full-time with Year Abroad) - Year 4
  • UXXX-AYB06 : BSc (hons) International Management and Modern Languages (Spanish) (Full-time with Year Abroad) - Year 4

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2013/4 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2014/15 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2013/14.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.