MiM Capstone Course - International Management in Action

This information is for the 2024/25 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Heather Kappes (6.21 MAR)

Professor Connson Locke (4.14 MAR)


This course is compulsory on the MSc in Management (1 Year Programme). This course is not available as an outside option.

Course content

This Capstone Course builds connections between management theory and practice and equips students with the skills necessary to succeed in their managerial careers. The first part of the course provides students with skills for leading organisational change and strategy implementation. Building on MiM core courses such as Organisational Behaviour and Business Analysis, students will explore leadership situations that involve organisational or strategic change and address challenging issues such as sustainability and ethics.

The second part of the course gives students the opportunity to apply material learned in MiM courses to create managerial recommendations that can help a firm improve and defend its competitive advantage both immediately and for its future. Before, during, and after an international trip, students will work in groups to tackle a client company’s business problem(s). Students will need to balance company objectives, available resources, theoretical knowledge, and group members’ knowledge and expertise. Success requires analytical techniques and reasoning as well as the ability to switch between considering the big picture and the fine-grained detail.


27 hours of seminars plus approximately 40 hours of work during a one-week international trip the period after exams and summer term.

Formative coursework

In the first part of the course, in-class case discussions will prepare students for the individual essay.

In the second part of the course, formative feedback will be provided on the basis of preparatory seminar work.

Indicative reading

  • Baaij, M. G. (2022). An Introduction to Management Consultancy (Second Edition). Sage Publications.
  • Rasiel, E. M. (1999). The McKinsey Way: Using the Techniques of the World's Top Strategic Consultants to Help You and Your Business. New York: McGraw-Hill.
  • Schein, E. H. (2017). Organizational Culture and Leadership, 5th edition. New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons.
  • Yukl, G. A. (2012) Leadership in Organizations.


Project (60%, 2000 words), essay (30%, 1500 words) and reflective learning report (10%).

This course is assessed on an individual essay (30%), project report (60%), and a reflective learning report with a peer evaluation component (10%) that makes use of the concepts from the course and their application illustrated in the international trip.

Details will be discussed during lectures.

Key facts

Department: Management

Total students 2023/24: Unavailable

Average class size 2023/24: Unavailable

Controlled access 2023/24: No

Value: One Unit

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Personal development skills

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