Business & Management MA(SocSci)/BSc/LLB/MA

Development of International Business MGT4060

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: Adam Smith Business School
  • Credits: 15
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

The course will examine the development of international business from a historical perspective, looking at the determinants of FDI as well as at the impact of economic crises on foreign investment and international business.


Lectures: 2hrs x 10 weeks
Please refer to MyCampus for timetable

Excluded Courses






Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

These are the aims of the course:

■ Provide an introduction to the key issues and themes surrounding the development of international business

■ Outline the specific historical and economic context in which international business developed

■ Critically assess the historical literature on the development of international business

■ Critically assess the theories explaining the motives for FDI

■ Explore the effects of economic crises on FDI 

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:


■ Explain and identify the historical context and specific elements favouring the development of big business and of international business

■ Critically evaluate the main theories about FDI

■ Critically discuss the consequences of FDI on both home and host countries

■ Understand the impact of economic crises on FDI and on the historical development of international business

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits