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Module Title LH Globalisation, Innovation and Competitiveness
SchoolBirmingham Business School
Department Management
Module Code 07 31974
Module Lead Lisa De Propris/Carlo Corradini
Level Honours Level
Credits 20
Semester Semester 1
Restrictions None
Description Modern day businesses are developing and competing in an increasingly dynamic and global context which is shaped by institutional change as well as developments in knowledge, technology and innovation. The aim of the module is to provide students with the theoretical and empirical understanding of the economics and management of globalisation, innovation and their effects on competitiveness. The module will study the nature and dynamics of present day global business as well as the institutional context in which firms operate. The creation and diffusion of knowledge, innovation and technological change are also central themes in this course. The module includes topics such as global value chains and global innovation networks, clusters and national innovation systems as well as the challenges that the new technologies of digitalisation, automation and artificial intelligence pose to the competitiveness of firms.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module, students should be able to:
  • Develop a critical understanding the economic environment of firms’ decision making in terms of modes of production and innovation
  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the nature and dynamics of innovation as a systemic process taking place within and across firms
  • Evaluate and critically assess the role of Government in issues related to competitiveness and innovation.
  • Critically analyse the impact of contemporary processes of globalisation on the creation and diffusion of knowledge in global value chains and on national and regional systems of innovation
Assessment 31974-01 : Coursework : Coursework (50%)
31974-02 : Exam : Exam (Centrally Timetabled) - Written Unseen (50%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions 1,500 word course work (50%) (word count does not include bibliography);
One final 2-hour exam worth (50%)
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