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Module Title LI Models of Business
SchoolBirmingham Business School
Department Management
Module Code 07 34380
Module Lead Paolo Di Martino
Level Intermediate Level
Credits 20
Semester Semester 1
Restrictions None
Contact Hours Lecture-44 hours
Guided independent study-156 hours
Total: 200 hours
Description In modern economies businesses are organised in a variety of forms and many very different models co-exist. Firms vary in size, managerial structures, and forms of governance. Some of them focus on a core business and operate in a single nation (or indeed a region or a city), while others are multinational. Some use, or even develop, state-of-the-art technologies, while other rely on cheap labour and very basic techniques. The aim of this module is to analyse the causes and consequences of the existence of such a variety of models of business and forms of organisation. To do so the module investigates the development and functioning of various models of business over time and space.
The module is logically divided into two sections; the first one is chronologic and analyses the development of models of business over time, starting with the forms of organisation which dominated the western world before the beginning of the process of industrialisation, to finish with contemporary phenomena of downsizing and outsourcing.
The second part looks at national variations in models of business organisation and the structure of capitalism. It will focus on national (and in some cases regional) differences in the organisation and governance of firms and how they interact with the broader business environment. An important theme running through this second part is how national differences in organisational form influence the way firms innovate.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the features of different models of business, how they evolve over time and space, and how they function
  • Critically appraise various theories of the firm
  • Apply such theories to the study of the evolution of business structure
  • Evaluate the relative ability of these theories to explain the reality of firms' organisation and behaviour.
Assessment 34380-01 : Individual Assignment : Coursework (50%)
34380-02 : Critical Analysis Essay : Coursework (15%)
34380-03 : Exam : Exam (School Arranged) - Written Unseen (35%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessment:
Assessment for the first part of the module: One hour class test (25%) + one 1000 word personal assignment (25%)
Assessment for the second part of the module: One hour class test (25%) + one 1000 word individual assignment (25%)

Coursework (100%): one 3,000 word essay
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