40 credits at level HE7
The dissertation provides students with the opportunity to undertake an extended and substantial piece of research in the field of international business. It allows students to synthesise their academic knowledge acquired from the taught modules and to produce an evaluative and critical discussion of a strategic issue relevant to an international business topic under study. The module specification for the dissertation is the similar to the MBA and MA HRM programmes offered by the School of Business and Creative Technologies, however, the dissertation topic chosen by the students should be related to their programme of study and be truly international in its approach. The dissertation may or may not be work based and is anticipated to take a variety of forms which may include; comparisons of international marketing campaigns, trans-national recruitment and selection, expatriate remuneration packages, etc.
The dissertation is an extension of the taught Research Methods module, and it utilises and develops further the knowledge, skills, and understanding gained from the taught modules. It also acts an integrating theme by drawing on the other taught modules, in particular Research Methods. The proposal, methodology, analytical framework, and the literature review developed during the Research Methods module are a prerequisite for the dissertation. However, it is expected that the literature review presented in the dissertation would provide a more comprehensive and detailed knowledge of the literature on the subject under study.
The learning and teaching strategy for this module relies on a variety of teaching and learning methods employed during the Research Methods module including; lectures and seminars, tutorials, the use of learning set workshops, study groups, and directed reading. In addition to the above, each student is provided with guidance and support delivered by a project supervisor. The learning sets are intended to provide students with the opportunity to benefit from the experiences of their peers through exploitation of research related issues in regular meetings.The learning outcomes of this module will be assessed through a 12000 - 15000 word dissertation.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the topic under study within the context of today’s dynamic global business environment.||Identify a problem or issue and its significance.Identify relevant theories, concepts, principles, models and frameworks|
|2.||Demonstrate skills of analysis, evaluation, critical thinking and synthesis.||Critically interpret and analyse literature, relevant theories, concepts, principles, models and frameworks, providing evidence (through e.g. referencing and a bibliography).|
|3.||Undertake research in the area under study.||Identify, retrieve, and use relevant sources of information with minimal assistance.|
|4.||Critically review, consolidate and understand a systematic and coherent body of knowledge||Read, summarise and analyse complex and relevant materials|
|5.||Critically review and assess the results against objectives, and value added to knowledge including likely future developments.||Summarise, synthesise the main findings of the study in relation to the objectives|
|6.||Demonstrate the ability to present complex ideas in English in an appropriately formatted document||Submit a fluently narrated, word processed, bound dissertation in English.|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||12-15,000 word dissertation|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
and/or be taking the following corequisite modules:
No restrictions apply.
Bryman, A. and Bell, E. (2007) Business Research Methods, Oxford University Press (2nd Ed).
Easterby-Smith, M., Thorpe, R, and Jackson, P. R. (2008) Management Research, Sage (3rd Ed)
Marschan-Piekkari, R. and Welch, C.A. (Eds) (2005) Handbook of Qualitative Research Methods for International Business, Edward Elgar, Gloucester
Neelankavi, J.P. (2007) International Business Research
ME Sharpe, Armonk, NY.
Saunders, M., Lewis, P. and Thornhill, A. (2009) Research Methods for Business Students, Pearson Education (5th Ed)
Available from e-Books Collection:
Collis J. and Hussey, R. (2003) Business Research – a practical guide for undergraduate and postgraduate students (2nd Ed) Palgrave Macmillan
Fisher, C. Buglear, J. Lowry, D. Mutch, A and Tansley, C. (2004) Researching & Writing a Dissertation for Business Students, Pearson Education
Lancaster, G.A. (2005) Research Methods in Management: A Concise Introduction to Research in Management & Business Consultancy, Elsevier Science
Saunders, M., Lewis, P. and Thornhill, A. (2007) Research Methods for Business Students, Pearson Education (4th Ed)
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