In the 21st century businesses are more globally integrated than ever before meaning international business expertise is highly sought after to understand the dynamic conditions and opportunities within a global market. Organisations need managers with skills in this field if they are to achieve their international aspirations.
This challenging course will suit those who have aspirations to manage in an international context and would either like to enhance career opportunities in this field or develop an existing career for the purposes of progression. Core to the course is an understanding of managing company operations and dealing with issues such as financial performance, all within a diverse and multicultural arena to enhance your international perspective.
You will gain in-depth knowledge about the dynamic nature of global business environments and an understanding of international entrepreneurial activity, as well as experiencing industry based trips and professional speakers that will enhance your practice awareness. The aim of this course is to equip you with effective management and operational processes that will enable you to pursue a career path to managerial positions.
Expanding your knowledge and understanding of the theories that inform contemporary international business practice, this course begins with a base of learning in the fundamental areas of strategy and management in a globalised business environment. Once the basics are in place you will explore areas around decision making, trade and enterprise, while selecting from a number of modules that allow you to pursue knowledge in areas you feel are most appropriate to your interests and career aspirations. The aim of the learning is for you to gain the necessary skills to enable you to manage people and organisational activities in dynamic environments and manage products and services within international markets. You will end the course by utilising the knowledge and skills you have learnt to shape and complete your own international management project.
There are three different awards available for this course;
The aims of the module are to introduce students to the theoretical frameworks for analysing international business and developing international business strategies, and to equip students with the knowledge, skills and tools for developing and implementing international business strategy for international competitiveness. It improves students' cultural awareness and understanding of critical issues relating to the complexity of managing international operations, and develops students' critical and independent thinking, decision making and problem solving.
This module aims to illustrate and explore the role of HRM in the international context and develop students' awareness of cross cultural and Corporate Social Responsibility issues in an international organisational setting. It aims to equip students with knowledge and skills needed to manage these issues effectively, thus enhancing their employability in a global work context. The module examines the influence of culture at the macro national and micro individual level to equip students with the tools to engage with scientific debate and to evaluate management practice in terms of the possible beneficial and harmful outcomes of management-authored interventions. It also provides students with critical awareness of conceptual frameworks, mechanisms and tools designed to identify, analyse and respond to issues of Corporate Social Responsibility and ethics.
This module equips future managers with the quantitative tools to help them make rational decisions under uncertain conditions. The module develops students' ability to apply statistical techniques to a wide range of business and management problems in a structured way. Students will gain an appreciation of the appropriateness of different techniques in a given situation. The module develops the students' understanding of the tools and their application with use of software packages such as Microsoft Excel and Minitab.
The aims of the module are to provide an appreciation of the economic theory relevant to both trade, multinational enterprises MNEs, foreign direct investment FDI and globalisation; to introduce the students to all major strands of the debate about new trade theories, MNEs, and FDI; to acquire the necessary theoretical knowledge to evaluate and analyse policy issues relating to MNEs, business, trade and globalisation; and to develop the ability to undertake research in this area.
This module develops a critical appreciation of how organisations that operate in the international context monitor, influence and manage their environments. A critical evaluation of the role exerted by strategy, organisation design and organisational and national culture is done. Special reference will also be made to the difficulties and ethical considerations encountered when managing organisations within differing political, economic and social contexts.
This module aims to introduce students to the development of the emerging markets, help students understand the crucial role that emerging markets play in the global economy and the implications that they are both home and host countries of foreign direct investment (FDI) and of multinational corporations (MNCs). It enhances students’ awareness of the contributions and limitations of the traditional theories of FDI and MNCs, and the need for new approaches in emerging markets multinationals (EMNCs) studies. It develops students’ ability in contextualising competitive strategy framework and advanced skills in analysis, evaluation and synthesis of data and information for decision making.
This module aims to present the international nature of business supply chains and how companies work in a global marketplace. Students develop a critical understanding of the theories and practices of how companies grow and manage their global supply chains. The module enhances students' understanding of business competitiveness in global marketplaces. Students will be taught the underlying theories that will enable them to evaluate the choices given by organisations and how these are linked to the management of these international networks.
The module examines the impact of culture on international and global marketing. The principal aim of the module is to equip students with advanced knowledge of international marketing and ability in critical and independent thought, research and decision making which will enable students to pursue a career in international marketing.
This module provides students with a means of developing further the skills and knowledge gained on MA International Business Management, by application to a specific organisational issue or problem. It enables students to demonstrate proficiency in the design of a business enhancement project, application of appropriate methods of investigation, management of the change process, and maintenance of vision in the face of the vicissitudes of business realities.
You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.
You will attend workshops, seminars, lectures and talks by guest speakers, and further your understanding through class discussions and work on case studies. In your own time you will use online learning resources and do your own research, directed reading and independent study – there will be some sessions on research methods. Some coursework and research will be done in groups. For the MA you will work on your own International Business Management Project.
You will be assessed through exams and your International Business Management Project, as well as other pieces of individual and group coursework and presentations. You will receive regular feedback on your work throughout the course, including your assessed coursework.
The course provides both the international perspective and management understanding that will enhance career progression for those already working in a business environment and the career path of those setting out to work in an international business management role. Some of the specific roles within this area are:
Tran Hoai Thu
MA International Business Management
I spent a year studying the MA International Business Management at Middlesex University in 2010. It was one of the most memorable experiences of my life that has laid the ground for my career ahead.
First to mention is the enthusiasm and devotion of the tutors and lecturers to the students. They not only inspire the students through their lectures but also know how to encourage us to contribute our private ideas to diversify the lesson. They are not rigid or conservative but always appreciate any new discovery from students, which leads to exciting class discussions in which everyone wants to share their views. This confidence is such a key factor for the future managers like us that I am now bringing it into play at work and in life. Teamwork is another advantage you will learn from this course. Teams are randomly selected, so you have a chance to work with different people from various countries, which enables you to broaden your knowledge of culture and working styles.
After this MA course I came back to Vietnam, my home country, to start my career. I applied for the position of Personal Assistant (PA) to the Executive Assistant Manager (EAM) at Inter Continental Hanoi Westlake as it is a strong brand internationally and they offered an attractive salary. I passed two writing tests and then the three final candidates had an interview directly with the EAM. Thanks to the confidence and knowledge learned from Middlesex University, I got the job.
In this position, I am a coordinator for most departments, such as sales & marketing, human resources, revenue and other managers in the hotel, so I have overall knowledge of them all. Having my MA in International Business Management, which covers four main modules including international business management, marketing, HR and statistics, adds huge value to my job. Additionally, in this international working environment I have an opportunity to work with diverse national colleagues which is no longer strange to me since I got acquainted with various working styles during the course.
MA International Business Management
I decided to do a postgraduate course to enhance my management skills and develop as a business executive. Middlesex University was recommended to me by one of my undergraduate professors in Cyprus, who studied at Middlesex.
The aspects of my course that I enjoyed most were the participation in workshops and seminars which helped to heighten my awareness of cross cultural contexts, and the enhancement of my research skills, particularly developing strategies to evaluate which products or services will succeed and where in the global marketplace.
As part of the course I am developing advanced skills in analysis and critical evaluation, including decision making in the context of international business environments. I am also learning appropriate research skills that particularly apply to international business, as well as collaborating with people from different nationalities and cultural backgrounds.
I chose this course as it relates both to my past work experience and to my plans to continue to contribute to international business in the future, especially as most businesses now engage in international markets. Developing knowledge and skills to engage ever more effectively in international business is truly a lifelong endeavour.