SM9700 - Global Business Environment

What will I learn on this module?

The module will address, explore and examine various themes and issues affecting the changing global business environment. The main objective of the module is to discuss and assess the global business environment, investigating how globalisation/localisation phenomena that are likely to impact upon business operations and strategy within the context of regional economic development. An approximate (not exhaustive) list of possible topics included in the module is provided below:
• Globalisation: Definition, Evolution, Implications for countries, companies and communities,
• Regions and Regionalisms within a Globalised World: implication for economies and societies
• From Post-Industrial to Knowledge Economies
• International Capital and Financial Markets: Mergers and Acquisitions
• World Institutions: World Trade Organisation, International Monetary Fund, United Nations
• Macro-Commercial Blocs: The European Union, NAFTA, ASEAN and BRICS
• The International Economic Environment: Exchange Rates and patterns of trade
• Business and Environmental Issues: Kyoto and Paris Agreements
• Business and Corporate Culture in Different Countries

How will I learn on this module?

The module is delivered through a combination of online resources, directed learning, group learning and independent learning which is structured by the module tutors, through the Teaching and Learning Plan.
The taught sessions will adopt a range of approaches to learning and teaching including tutor-led input, group discussions, and case study discussion. The structure and content of the module are designed to develop your capacity and confidence as an independent learner, and therefore you will be required to engage in a substantial amount or directed and independent learning. The directed learning includes a range of additional activities or questions for consideration. Independent study will involve reading beyond the provided learning materials, reflection, and gathering relevant personal and organisational data. The module employs an experiential learning approach in which learning is applied to your own employing organisation or reflecting live business practice.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The module is delivered by an experienced teaching team and you are encouraged to discuss any issues related to the module directly with the relevant module tutor either in the taught sessions or outside of normal scheduled teaching by appointment or through the e-learning platform. At the start of the module you will be provided with a Teaching and Learning Plan that outlines the requirements for the module including detail on the assessment and directed reading. The module is supported by an online Blackboard site which includes the materials for the module.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
On completion of the module you will be able to:
1. Identify and critically examine the changes and challenges of today’s global environment in order to evaluate organisational responses to the external environment;
2. Demonstrate a critical understanding about a variety of advantages, issues and challenges for society derived by the complexity of global business environment.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
On completion of the module you will be able to:
3. Demonstrate critical appraisal with regard to strategic issues and organisational growth.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
On completion of the module you will be able to:
4. Demonstrate a critical awareness of multifaceted issues and challenges affecting countries, companies and communities at both global and local level.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment: A number of activities will take place during the taught session and feedback will be given by the module team during the taught sessions.

Summative assessment: A 4000 word individual detailed report on an issue of strategic significance. The assessment is weighted at 100% and assesses all the module learning outcomes.





Module abstract

The global business environment today is a complex network of relationships which ties different types of stakeholders. Governments, companies and organisations are constantly interconnected with the external environment, and these interactions constantly shape the forms and trajectories of different countries and blocs worldwide. The context in which these entities operate includes a diverse range of influences e.g. economic, social, political, legal, technological, which affect businesses and communities in a variety of ways. This module is designed to provide a foundation to better understand the global business environment and its evolution, and how this has implications for companies, economies and societies worldwide. The module explores and examines business activities (from input to output to consumption) and the distribution and consumption of output (e.g. goods and services), with the objective to understand how resources are managed and developed, and the derived implication for a different range of stakeholders operating at a global and local level.

Course info

Credits 10

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 15 months

Location Singapore

City Singapore

Start September, December, March or June

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Full time Courses starting in 2023 are primarily delivered via on-campus face to face learning but may include elements of online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with additional restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors, potentially to a full online offer, should further restrictions be deemed necessary in future. Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.


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