Global Business Organisation (N1546)

15 credits, Level 5

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 (Take away paper)

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.


This module is offered on the following courses: