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Module Title LM International Business Experience: Doing Business in Mexico
SchoolBirmingham Business School
Department Management
Module Code 07 32431
Module Lead Module lead: Paul Lewis
Level Masters Level
Credits 10
Semester Semester 2
Restrictions None
Contact Hours Lecture-14 hours
Supervised time in studio/workshop-15 hours
External Visits-10 hours
Guided independent study-61 hours
Total: 100 hours
Description This is an experiential module, designed to enhance and reinforce the exposure of students to the international business environment and to facilitate first-hand comparisons of contrasting business systems and strategies. The module will involve a one week intensive study visit to a country whose economy is markedly different from the UK. The module will combine formal learning in a local university including three lectures about the Mexican economic, political and social environments plus two live case studies of leading enterprises in Mexico; visits to three leading companies in Mexico; five guest lectures from invited businessmen from different sectors and companies; and experiential learning through working on a consultancy project with MBA students from Mexico and other participating international universities.

The module is designed to encourage the explication and examination of cultural differences in business and management practices in an emerging market and to provide students with an opportunity to work with local and other international MBA students in order to reflect on the impact of national culture on business and management.

Previous participants in the Doing Business in Mexico module include leading Business Schools from every continent including Warwick, Edinburgh and London Business School from the UK and Tuck and Kellogg from the USA.

A member of Birmingham faculty would travel with the students for the duration of the module, acting to facilitate group work and company visits for our students in addition to the IPADE staff.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • Critically compare and contrast the management and business challenges facing companies in a different economic, social and political environment.
  • Demonstrate awareness of cultural differences and understand their impact on management decisions.
  • Use National culture management theories to undertake business analysis and self-reflection.
Assessment 32431-01 : Individual Assignment : Coursework (80%)
32431-02 : Group Assignment : Coursework (20%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessment:
Individual Assignment: Reflective Essay (2000 words) (80%)
Group Assignment: Group Assessment - Presentation (20%)
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