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MN20604: Managing the multinational enterprise

[Page last updated: 23 October 2023]

Academic Year: 2023/24
Owning Department/School: School of Management
Credits: 6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Semester 1
Assessment Summary: CW 25%, EX 75%
Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 25% - Qualifying Mark: 35)
  • Examination (EX 75% - Qualifying Mark: 35)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
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
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.

Aims: To provide students with an understanding of the multinational corporation and issues associated with its organisation, control and operations.

Skills: 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).

Content: 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.

Course availability:

MN20604 is Compulsory on the following courses:

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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