Globalisation and Integration (720N1)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

This module explores the globalisation and the integration of the business environment from a long-run perspective.

During the module, you chart the beginnings of the current wave of globalisation, in the mid to late 20th century and explores the various themes and forces that helped create a distinctive business environment by the early years of the 21st century.

You explore themes, including:

  • the divergence and integration within the global economy
  • globalisation of culture
  • the 'death of distance'
  • development of global value chains
  • technology and technology transfer
  • 'deep' integration and strategic alliances
  • the challenges and opportunities posed by shifts in demographic patterns.

You will consider several questions including: what is the significance of the 'Rest' catching-up with the 'West'? How does the global geography affect international firms? How significant is the emergence of multinationals from emerging markets? Do firms manage a 'global culture' or manage across cultures globally? What is the role of modern information and communication networks and technologies in the processes of globalisation. To what extent has location become irrelevant? 

The literature used for the course will allow you to critically engage with different research traditions, and to examine globalisation for the multifaceted phenomenon it is.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 117 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: