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.


100%: Practical (Workshop)


100%: Coursework (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

We’re currently reviewing contact hours for modules and will update with further information as soon as it is available.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. 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: