International Business: Theoretical Insights - BUSN6005

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 5 15 (7.5) Carmen Stoian checkmark-circle


This module provides a critical introduction to the main theories and debates in International Business and uses these theoretical lenses to explain core phenomena in international business.
• Explaining international economic transactions (trade theories, national competitiveness)
• Explaining the existence of MNEs (internalisation theory, eclectic theory, monopolistic advantages)
• Explaining the coevolution of environment and MNEs (institutional theory, resource dependence theory, evolutionary theory, investment development path, product life cycle theory)
• Explaining the growth and decline of MNEs (stages model, market entry/expansion modes)


Contact hours

Private Study: 127
Contact Hours: 23

Method of assessment

Main assessment:
Literature review – 3000 words (40%)
Examination, 2 hours (60%)

Reassessment method:
100% Exam

Indicative reading

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- Evaluate key theories explaining the core issues in international business
- Apply key theories in understanding historical and contemporary issues in international business to practice
- Evaluate alternative explanations for core phenomena in international business
- Analyse why firms engage in international operations from a theoretical perspective
- Analyse the growth and decline of multinational operations over time, accounting for the role of the environment
- Evaluate key studies in international business and understand the gaps in the international business literature

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- Present a logical case/argument
- Plan work, study independently and use relevant resources
- Structure and develop appropriate and effective communications, critically and self-critically.
- Receive and use criticism and advice so as to learn from others
- Produce work in appropriate formats, demonstrating an understanding of academic conventions
- Inform decision making by theoretical developments
- Conduct a rigorous literature review in the field of International Business


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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