BSc International Business, Finance and Economics with Industrial/Professional Experience
Year of entry: 2020
Course unit details:
Financial and Digital Innovations in International Business
|Unit level||Level 1|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Offered by||Alliance Manchester Business School|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
1. Course introduction - themes of stability and change
2. Perspectives on international business: Globalisation in the New Economy.
3. The technology of money
4. A Financialised global economy: Banks, Actors and Agency
5. The Digital Economy: Business models and the value of flows
6. Reading Week
7. Bubbles, speculation & crisis
8. Intangibility, relocating, offshoring & outsourcing
9. QE and unconventional central bank policies
10. Regulation & control: Old news and fake news
11. Conclusion: Locating the individual in contemporary business
Dependent courses: N/A
Core for IBFE.
The aim of this course is to introduce students to basic financial and digital innovations in international business.
To do this we demonstrate
1. The growth and development of new financial actors, new financial products/assets.
2. The development of global economic and organizational forms as a consequence of digital technologies.
3. The close alignment of financial and digital agents in contemporary business
We aim to get students to discuss the implications of these innovations and to examine the degree of fit between theories of economic change and actual case studies of corporate innovations in a global context.
On completion of this course successful students will be able to:
• Understand financial and digital innovations, what they are ,what they do, and the context within which they were able to extend their presence in International Business
• Describe different financial & digital innovations and their outcomes over time.
• Critically assess competing theories of global economic change.
• Carry out independent research and critical analysis.
Teaching and learning methods
Methods of delivery:
Lecture hours: 22
Posted video material in support of essay workshop: 1
Essay Workshop, Flipped Classroom: 2 (includes 1 hour of posted video material in preparation for the workshop
Seminar hours: 6
Drop-In-clinics – Open office hours for students to visit the programme coordinator at set times each week. 10
Total study hours: 200 hours split between lectures, classes, self study and preparation for classes, coursework and examinations.
Blackboard will be used for lecture slides, workshop questions and solution, plus discussion
Additional information, including news sources, blogs, YouTube clips, and such like will also be posted, where relevant
Informal Contact Methods
1. Office Hours
2. Drop in Surgeries (extra help sessions for students on material they may be struggling with)- When needed.
1 x 3000 word case study of a contemporary news story concerning financial and/or digital innovations1x 60min Multiple Choice Examination
- Informal advice and discussion during a lecture, seminar, workshop or lab.
- Responses to student emails and questions from a member of staff including feedback provided to a group via an online discussion forum.
- Specific course related feedback sessions.
- Written and/or verbal comments on assessed or non-assessed coursework.
- Generic feedback posted on Blackboard regarding overall examination performance.
Coggan, P. (2009) The Money Machine: How the City works, revised and updated edition, Penguin books
Shiller, R. (2012) Finance and the Good Society, Princeton University Press
Webster F (2006) Theories of the Information Society, third edition, Routledge, London.
Ritzer G and Dean P. (2012) Globalization a basic text. Wiley and Sons Chichester.
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Practical classes & workshops||2|
|Independent study hours|
|Paul Evans||Unit coordinator|
Dependent courses: N/A
Programme Restrictions: available to 1st year IBFE students only
For Academic Year 2019/20
Updated: May 2019
Approved by: May UG Committee