Not available in 2020/21
MG412      Half Unit
Globalization and Strategy

This information is for the 2020/21 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof John Sutton


This course is available on the MSc in Economics and Management. This course is not available as an outside option.

Course content

The course studies the strategies of multinational corporations in an international context, with reference to make or buy, organization, and location choices. It studies current developments in the global economy with a focus on the key decisions that multinationals make in framing their global strategies:

  1. Economic analysis of globalization process. Assessing the growth of Chinese and Indian manufacturing, 1990-2010. Evidence from benchmarking studies.
  2. Production: What determines the strategies multinationals adopt - product range; generic strategies.
  3. Location: Competitive advantage of different countries; growth in outsourcing and Offshoring; particularly emphasizing India and China and analyzing their increasing role in the global economy.
  4. Organization: how multinationals combine the necessary local adaptation with the need to standardize to achieve efficiency.
  5. The Globalization Debate.
  6. The Prospects for sub-Saharan Africa.


20 hours of lectures and 10 hours of seminars in the LT.

Formative coursework

Students are required to make two class presentations and submit written reports on selected case studies

Indicative reading

A reading list will be provided at the start of the course.


Exam (100%, duration: 3 hours) in the summer exam period.

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2020/21 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the situation of students in attendance on campus and those studying online during the early part of the academic year. For assessment, this may involve changes to mode of delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: Management

Total students 2019/20: 5

Average class size 2019/20: 5

Controlled access 2019/20: Yes

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Leadership
  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Communication
  • Application of numeracy skills
  • Commercial awareness