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MN20604: Managing the multinational enterprise

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: School of Management
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 30%, EX 70%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 30% - Qualifying Mark: 35)
  • Examination (EX 70% - Qualifying Mark: 35)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before taking this module you must take MN10569
While taking this module you must take MN20603
In taking this module you cannot take MN20208 OR take MN30085
Description: Aims:
To provide students with an understanding of the multinational corporation and issues associated with its organisation, control and operations.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end, students should have a clear understanding of why the MNC exists, the various strategies multinational corporations can adopt and how this must be matched by the appropriate organisational structure. They should be aware of the unique advantages afforded to MNCs from their multi-nationality and appreciate some of the difficulties associated with the co-ordination and control of such organisations.

Intellectual skills: analytical skills, evaluation, presentation of a balanced argument with supporting evidence. (F, A)
Professional Practical skills: active listening, considered quality questioning and responses.
Transferable/ Key skills: independent research, presentation, ability to appreciate multiple perspectives on issues, managing teams (F, A).

Eclectic Paradigm theory, strategic options for international businesses, organisational architectures for MNCs, mapping strategy and structure. Relationships between headquarters and subsidiaries, relationship between subsidiaries and local firms. Problems of co-ordination and control across MNC structures and possible solutions.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

MN20604 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

School of Management
  • UMMN-AYB06 : BSc(Hons) International Management with Year Abroad (Year 2)
  • UMMN-AFB04 : BSc(Hons) Management (Year 2)
  • UMMN-AKB04 : BSc(Hons) Management with Year long work placement (Year 2)
  • UMMN-AKB05 : BSc(Hons) Management with Marketing with Year long work placement (Year 2)


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