Comparative Business Organisation (N1546)

15 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

You learn to identify different forms of business organisation across a range of national economies. 

You also investigate the pressures for change and forces of convergence, which are eroding the differences between national business systems.

You study:  

  • corporate governance
  • the role of the nation state in business and financial institutions
  • the historical constitution and recent transformation of advanced economies including the UK, the USA, Japan, France and German
  • the nature of business organisation in China and the other emerging economies.

You look at key empirical elements of a range of national business systems with a comparative/institutionalist theoretical approach.


33%: Lecture
67%: Practical (Workshop)


30%: Coursework (Essay)
70%: Examination (Seen examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 35 hours of contact time and 115 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2017/18. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: