European Business Issues

Module code: CORP 2549 (15 Credits)

Module description

This module focuses upon the growth strategies firms and institutions / regulatory frameworks that restrain their excesses but may jeopardise growth. Horizontal / vertical integration, and diversification and growth, by merger, acquisition, joint ventures andstrategic alliances will be discussed. The regulatory frameworks of the UK, EU and selected European countries will be examined, in particular; competition, trade and monetary policies impact on business of EU Budget spend. Theoretical models that underpin development of these frameworks will be evaluated, such as concepts of contestable markets, market failure and information asymmetry. Integration and intra-EU bloc activity at the possible expense of globalisation opportunities will be discussed. Role and place of the nation state will be discussed via the regulatory institutional material.

Contact hours per student per year

  • Lectures: 20 hours
  • Tutorials: 8 hours


  • Essay (1250 words): 50%
  • Essay (1500 words; choice of 1 question from 3): 50%

Additional costs: No extra costs other than purchase of books