International Business Simulation
Module lead: Barbara Armstrong
This module is delivered in Semester 2.
The overall aim of this module is to replicate the dynamic nature of international strategic management, using an interactive, competitive business simulation to blend analysis and practice. Students are tasked with directing and expanding a business, from research and development to the introduction of new and improved products and the search for new markets. In seeking to sustain growth students are required to improve productivity, manage human resources and take responsibility for finance and accounting issues. Through the simulation, students learn to appreciate the contribution of different functions in creating value for the customer and generating sustainable competitive advantage, they experience the realism of making business decisions and develop their skills in strategy formulation and implementation in an international context.
By the end of the module students should be able to:
- Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the components and process of strategy formulation, the linkages between marketing decisions and overall business strategy and the design of business plans;
- Analyse the financial consequences of marketing decisions and alternative methods of financing marketing investments;
- Critically appraise the contribution of research and development and quality consistency to improved customer satisfaction;
- Critically evaluate the impact of work force and capital expenditure on productivity performance;
- Identify and critically analyse the challenges of dealing with environmental change and balancing the expectations of a wide range of stakeholders.
- Group presentation (10%)
- Group simulation analysis report, 2000 words (30%)
- Individual reflective essay, 2000 words (60%)