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.

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: