TEACHING

COURSES:
 

International Business:
Global Perspectives: Patterns of global international trade, the emergence of the TNC and global patterns of FDI / M&A; Historical/Geographical Developments: Industrial revolution and the industrial power house (Europe, US and Japan), emerging economies (BRIC, Tigers, Tiger cubs & Next-11) and the economic divide (Africa); Corporate Social Responsibility; Industry case-studies (oil and global trade politics, electronics and dynamic change, international tourism and corporate social responsibility). 

Business Practices: Market Entry Strategies (Joint Ventures, Strategic Alliances and M&A); Global Value Chain, International Production & Supply Chain Management (incl. outsourcing, off-shoring); Technology (definition, Innovation theory and practice, Technology Transfer, IP, Standards and the Environment).

Additional material (prepared for other courses):  Trade Theory (incl. Dunning's Eclectic Paradigm, Uppsala Model and International Entrepreneurship), Trade Practice (barriers to trade), Overcoming barriers (global institutions, regional trading blocs), Culture, Role of online technologies, Internationalisation Strategies.

Strategy:
Concept and process of strategy, Analytical tools (PESTLE , Strategic Groups, Resourced Based View, Porter’s Value Chain, SWOT), Entrepreneurial activity,  SBUs, Diversification, Internationalisation, Modes of development (e.g. Organic, M&A, Alliance, JV),  Stages of the Industry life-cycle (Introduction, Growth, Maturity, Decline).  

The Management of Technology:
Understanding the nature of technology, The analysis of technology, Technology and Strategy, The implementation of  technology, The implications of technology (investment and organisation), Externalities (shaping technology) 

Operations Management:
Operations Strategy,  Design, Supply  Chain Management,  Planning , Shop Floor Control, Environment  (‘green’), Quality, Management of technology, Management of change, Global issues (e.g. CSR, globalisation, Internet/www).

Supply Chain Management (SCM):
Introduction, Operations as process, Operational strategies, Enterprise Resource planning (ERP)  – the tools of SCM, Demand, Aggregate planning (SOP, RCCP), Master Production Schedule (MPS), Capacity Requirements Planning (CRP), Materials Requirements Planning (MRP), Inventory Management, Lean & SCM, Supply Strategy & Practices, the International domain

Human Resource Management:
A practitioner’s perspective of the ‘cradle-to-grave’ management of an employee: Recruitment, Selection, Employee relations, Learning & development, Performance & remuneration.

System thinking, creativity, and innovation for sustainability (NEW COURSE):
This is a new course which is grounded in a Problem Structuring Methodology, the VIPLAN Methodloogy. This is a systemic approach for dealing with complex problems, in other words, where there is an awareness that there is problem but it is unclear as to what the problem is, about which there are a variety of viewpoints. The call for 'holistic' approaches to dealing with sustainability issues resonates with this course, which has, as a core feature, an experiential orientation whereby each group of students is expected to identify and deal with a sustainability issue. The course is structured: 
1. Introduction to Global Sustainability Challenges:
2. Introduction to the concept of systems thinking:
3. Exploring the application of systems ideas:
4. Overview of System Thinking Methodologies:
5. Rich picture:
6. Naming systems – stakeholder assessment:
7. Creating models: tools – techniques
8. Creating conditions and managing change: stakeholders management, change management
9. The ramifications of change relating to sustainability – positive / negative


Research Methods (NEW COURSE):
This is a new course which is grounded in a Problem Structuring Methodology, the VIPLAN Methodology. This is a systemic approach for dealing with complex problems, in other words, where there is an awareness that there is problem but it is unclear as to what the problem is, about which there are a variety of viewpoints. The emphasis of this course is to take the student through a sequential process, whereby the different facets of the research process are evaluated in terms of their contribution to the development of a robust research proposal.