International Business Management (with internship) MSc
Our course provides a systematic, in-depth study of international business. You'll learn to critically evaluate and appraise existing theories and ideas in the world of international business. What's more, you'll build an understanding of how different cultural attitudes and beliefs shape business in different regions of the world.
We'll help you to become a more effective decision-taker, with the know-how to engage in independent, original thought for practical application in the business.
Our internship opportunity will provide you with the chance to put theory into practice, applying your personalised business approach in a setting of your choosing.
Why International Business Management at LSBU?
No.2 in London for satisfaction with courses across Business, Management & Marketing (Guardian 2019).
- Professional accreditation - The School has Centre of Excellence status with the IOEE, in recognition of our entrepreneurial culture and leading-edge practice.
- Outstanding facilities and access to the software widely used in industry: Bloomberg, Thomson One Banker, SAGE, Blueprint, FAME, Nvivo and SPSS.
- No.3 London Modern University for graduate prospects in Business and Management Studies (Complete University Guide League Table 2018).
Corporate financial management
Strategic international human resource management
ELECTIVE 1 (From the menu of electives below).
ELECTIVE 2 (From the menu of electives below).
|Internship module (20 credits)|
DISSERTATION (40 CREDITS)
- International management
This module brings together knowledge, understanding, different interpretations and critical analysis of the contexts and issues relating to management in international firms. We'll analyse the strategies, policies and decision making of international firms in the context of the changing international business environment. We'll cover: management practices in important economic regions in the world; the international strategic environment and competition in global industries; alternative foreign market entry and development methods and the multinational enterprise; human resources (international transfers and expatriation, management development, cross-cultural issues) competency and corporate performance; strategy formulation and evaluation; competitive advantage and sustainability; international business strategy; strategy implementation; international acquisitions and mergers; international collaboration, the delta model and value networked organisations; international organisational structure; strategy implementation: culture and strategic change; and, globalisation and anti-globalisation.
- International marketing
In this module you’ll understand international marketing concepts and developing international marketing skills is essential for the success of organisations operating in increasingly global, challenging and changing markets. The module provides an overview of international marketing issues, integrating theory and practice across a wide range of international business contexts. We’ll cover three key elements; part 1, is dedicated to appreciating environmental differences, especially cultural ones when conducting international market research to assess and identify foreign target markets; part 2, is the review of international market expansion strategies in terms of resources allocation and international involvement and a detailed analysis of foreign market entry strategies; and part 3, covers global product policies; global pricing, international distribution channels and global communications.
- Corporate financial management
This module deals with the theory and techniques of making value-maximising investment and financing decisions based on key factors such as cash, risk and time. We'll also cover the study of the economic environment in which such decisions are taken, and address other specialised areas, such as: the profit distribution decision, merger and acquisition strategy, management of working capital and international financial management. It applies concepts and theories that are central modern financial management.
- Strategic international human resource management
In this module we'll investigate and analyse current practice and developments in Strategic Personnel and Development with full regard to International context. We'll focus clearly on the importance of Strategic HRM as being a key to the success and competitive edge of today’s organisations. This module provides an understanding of international business practices, problems and strategies with specific reference to human resource management issues. The practical simulation activities you'll be involved in provide many hands-on learning opportunities that can help prepare you the workplace.
This module allows you to gain valuable work experience while studying for a masters degree. Responsibility for securing the work placement lies with you. However, you'll be amply supported by both the work placement team and by the University’s Employability Module both during the search process and when you are actually working. The internship will allow you to reflect on how principles of your discipline can be applied in the workplace, so enhancing your appreciation of the multi-functional requirements of business in the real world.
This module requires the completion of a circa 20,000 (not including appendices and bibliography or references) Master’s level dissertation in an area of international business. It requires that, and provides an opportunity for you to virtually independently conceive, plan and execute an appropriate piece of research based on firm academic foundations.
Plus two options from:
- Global operations and logistics
In today’s global market, it is not uncommon for a company to develop a new product in the USA, manufacturer it in Asia, and sell it in Europe. The role of manufacturing as a key element of a firm’s competitive strategy has been recognised in all areas of the world e.g. Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Wage-rate differentials, expanding foreign markets, the free movement of capital, and improved transportation are reducing the barriers of time and space between countries forcing the logistics function to take on a global dimension. Global logistics is the response to the increasing integration of international markets as firms endeavour to remain competitive.
- Business data for decision making
Business data for decision making include tools and techniques, for the transformation of raw data into meaningful and actionable information for business analysis. Every major industry has powerful transaction-oriented systems, which stores the data gathered from daily operations into repositories. To remain competitive enterprises need the ability to rediscover and utilise the data they already hold. This module will provides you with the skills to derive insights from a pool of data available, delivering precise, actionable and timely inputs for decision making. We'll cover the main concepts and key components of business data techniques and applications including: predictive modelling, descriptive data mining, pattern analysis and prescriptive analysis.
- Everyday sustainability for business
Every business needs to have a robust sustainability programme – customers prefer it, investors like it, staff want it and society demands it. But often sustainability as practised is a cost centre and this puts pressure on organisation's good intentions as budgets are often tight. This module offers an alternative approach to everyday sustainability by making it pay for more than itself in everyday practice. It requires no knowledge of rocket science or a deep enthusiasm for “green” thinking. All it requires is a desire to succeed – both as an individual and as an organisation. The sessions will take you through auditing the current state, resolving problems, developing a workable strategy and its implementation. Supplementary content includes communications and marketing, rewards and world-class analysis techniques.
- Managing virtual work
This module enables you to understand the specifics of managing different aspects of virtual work, such as distributed teams, remote employees, remote clients or collaboration partners, and organisations that are entirely virtual. One of the important aspects considered is the switches between off-site and on-site work that most people do in today’s work environments and its implications for perception and behaviour for both employees and management.
- Intercultural management
This module enables you to understand the specifics of managing in an intercultural work context. In a globalised and digital economy everyone comes in contact and works with people from very different cultural backgrounds, whether it is employees, clients, or collaboration partners. Digital modes of working make it possible even for SMEs or individuals to work with partners and in markets across the globe.
- Business ethics
In today’s global world the corporation is faced with complex challenges. The prevailing view is that the corporation as an increasingly powerful member of society cannot merely focus on achieving profit but also use its power to enhance the lives of people and sustain the planet and its environment. You'll study philosophical approaches to ethical decision making and apply these approaches to the modern corporation in a variety of functions and industries. You'll analyse how corporations are responding to ethical, environmental and legal concerns through the integration of Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Strategy.
- Enterprise and entrepreneurial management
This module addresses contemporary issues in enterprise awareness and entrepreneurship with links to the process of enterprise creation, development and exit. We'll explore the opportunities of processes in enterprise management and creation in the 21st century. The module addresses themes/skills drawn from: operations management, business-life cycles, entrepreneurial patterns, entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs, and builds on contemporaneous discussions of enterprise, entrepreneurial/intrapreneurial skills and management and the overall identification and analysis of enterprise issues. We'll make significant reference to the broader issues of: the processes of organisation creation and its development from idea generation and opportunity recognition through to social and business development and exit. We'll address a wide range of topics drawn from the finance for start-ups, political issues such as relationship building, strategic alliances, networking, word of mouth, creativity enterprise and entrepreneurial marketing.
Employment prospects are excellent. In addition to senior management roles, successful students can build a career in a variety of settings in consulting, marketing, finance and human resource management. In this respect, our emphasis on personal development allows graduates to become desirable to a variety of organisational cultures and functions inside multinational companies.
We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.
At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:
- An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
- Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.
Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.
Haider has development experience in generating and manipulating graphics, animations, audio, video and text to create integrated multimedia programs. His research is in the area of Software Maintenance and Measurement, specifically Change Impact Analysis (CIA).
Dr Lakhdar Boukersi was awarded a PhD in International Marketing, and his research interests include the application of Marketing Management in LDC's, impact of international trade fairs on export development, trade fairs and exhibitions as a communication tool.
Gurjeet's current research interests lie in the fields of Quantitative Finance, Financial Econometrics and Applied Mathematical Modelling.
Mel helped to launch the first public email systems available in the UK and has also undertaken consultancy work with both large firms and small organisations covering all aspects of marketing.
An expert in international human resource management, John has 20+years' industry experience within multinational companies including: Alcan Aluminium Company of Canada and Cincinnati Bell in Ohio, USA. PhD supervisor.
A mathematical modelling expert, Jon has experience of teaching mathematics, modelling, and operational research in the higher education sector. Research interests: systems theory, system dynamics and mathematics learning and teaching. PhD supervisor.
Teaching and learning
Theory and overviews will be presented in a series of formal lectures. These will be supported by a programme of seminar through the use of videos, group work and exercises. Case studies have an important role to play within the overall teaching strategy. They are selected to achieve wide sectional coverage of international industry and services including traditional, mature and technically advanced sectors e.g. international retailing, airlines, pharmaceuticals, consumer electronics, automobiles, and computers.
Students are expected to spend an average of eight hours per week in self-managed learning to support the unit. Such learning includes case study preparation; all students are expected to have undertaken a preliminary reading of the case study before it's discussed in class. Self-managed learning also includes week-by-week reading in one of the core strategy set texts, assignment preparation and writing, as well as examination revision.
Bachelor degree equivalent to UK 2:2 in any subject.
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