Contemporary Business Issues

Module code: CORP 3544

Module description

This module is designed to critically evaluate how current issues in both Economics and Politics affect business management and performance. There is a strong initial emphasis upon analysing the causes of major world events and examining the various scenarios that these events confront business managers with. Topical areas to be covered for the 2015/2016 academic session will be:

  • The economic effects of commodity/stock markets
  • The Growth and Decline of Economies and the Cyclical Nature of Recession
  • Financial Institutions: The Influence of the Banking Sector on the Economy
  • The Role of Government in Business, e.g. Regulations, Monetary and Fiscal Policies
  • The Fate of the Euro and the European Debt Crisis
  • The advantages and disadvantages of European Union membership

The module utilises the above to set the scene for more 'general' global management issues by examining:

  • The advantages & disadvantages of Globalisation as well as Multi National Companies
  • Managing Diversity in Business
  • The role of the State in Managing the Economy
  • Public/Private Partnerships
  • Economic Regulation
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Business Ethics
  • Reputation Management
  • Greening Business

Contact hours per student per year

  • Lectures: 44 hours
  • Tutorials: 8 hours


  • Presentation: 40%
  • Unseen exam: 60%

Additional costs: No extra costs other than purchase of books

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