Comparative Business Systems (899N1)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

The module considers how different systems of economic organisation in market economies have led to the emergence of distinct business systems in the international economy. It explores how firms originating in different nations display systematic differences in structure, organisation and strategies. It also examines frameworks for understanding how, and the extent to which, systematic differences in industrialised (and late-industrialised) nations are convergent. The implication of the different business systems on the organisation and firm capabilities is then explored in this course.


33%: Lecture
67%: Practical (Workshop)


100%: Coursework (Essay, Group presentation)

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.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.