International Business Environment (N1082)

15 credits, Level 5

Autumn teaching

The modules provides an in-depth analysis of the contemporary operating environment in the field of international business. It offers an evaluation of the prevailing trends and the dynamic nature of international business activity along with the evolution of multinational enterprises.

The module explores the significance of various factors, including formal and informal institutions, host and home country perspectives, ethical considerations, corporate social responsibility (CSR), and sustainability issues as they relate to the organisation and management of international business. Throughout the duration of the module, emphasis is placed on comprehending the business environment within key global regions, with a specific focus on European Union, North America, East and SE Asia and the transition economies of East and Central Europe.


69%: Lecture
31%: Seminar


25%: Coursework (Group submission (written))
75%: 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 2024/25. 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: