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MN50526: Analysing international management

[Page last updated: 05 August 2021]

Academic Year: 2021/2
Owning Department/School: School of Management
Credits: 12 [equivalent to 24 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 240
Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Academic Year
Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework - individual quantitative methodology (CW 15%)
  • Coursework - group quantitative methodology (CW 30%)
  • Coursework - quantitative methodology (CW 55%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Aims: The broad aim of this unit is to introduce the importance, objectives, methods, analyses, and interpretation of social science based research. The unit is designed to expand knowledge and develop research methods skills by exposing students to current global business issues that affect international enterprises.
Specific objectives include:
* Providing an overview of the different approaches, considerations and challenges involved in international research and;
* Facilitating successful preparation and execution of the independent MSc research dissertation in terms of overall project development and planning, research design and implementation, data analyses, and the interpretation of evidence.

Learning Outcomes: Successful completion of the unit will help enable students to:
* Conduct reviews of the theoretical and empirical literature
* Identify and develop feasible research questions and hypotheses
* Identify and formulate research questions informed by theoretical and empirical literatures
* Design and implement qualitative and/or quantitative data collection
* Appraise the appropriateness of different research methods
* Interpret data findings
* Draw research conclusions.

Skills: Key Research skills
* Interpretation of data (T, A)
* Critical writing (F, A)
* Ability to use internet resources (F).
* Application of theories from international business, economics, law, political science and sociology to real world cases (T, A)

Content: The unit will give an overview of conceptual issues in research methods and the critical evaluation of evidence with particular emphasis on topics and issues in international management. The unit will include the review and synthesis of existing social science literature, identifying research questions/hypotheses with an international dimension, and conceptualizing a research design. A selection of specific research methods will be introduced, including both quantitative methods and a range of qualitative methods (including case studies, interview techniques, and comparative methods and cross). Students will be sensitized to a range of relevant secondary data sources and approaches to primary data collection. The module will also examine the ways to presents research findings and conclusions.
In the second semester students will be exposed to a selection of relevant research issues in international management from actual business case studies and projects. Particular attention will be given to the methodological issues emerging in each of these areas, such as the applications, strengths and major criticisms of methodologies drawn from both the qualitative and quantitative traditions. The module will enable students to gain an understanding of the various decisions and steps involved in crafting a research question and methodology. These skills will be preparation for subsequent application to the MSc dissertation.

Programme availability:

MN50526 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

School of Management


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