New for 2019, our MSc Management and Work in a Global Context programme explores the challenges facing companies that manage people across nationally distinct systems, and will assess current institutional trends across a global landscape.
An honours degree 2:2 (55% or above) or equivalent overseas qualification recognised by Loughborough University, typically in a non-business field though those with a business background will be considered. A background in the social sciences is desirable (but not essential).Overseas qualification equivalencies
English Language requirements
In order to be admitted onto any postgraduate programme at Loughborough University London, you must have a qualification in English Language, whether your first language is English or not.Find out more
Fees and funding
Our tuition fees cover the cost of teaching and assessments, as well as the cost of operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. The standard tuition fees for 2019-20 entry are:
- £14,100 (UK/EU)
- £25,500 (International)
University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.
View scholarships for 2019 entry
- Develop a broad, analytical and integrative understanding of management and work, focusing on the role of the global business context in shaping work organisation and human resource management
- Enhance your knowledge and understanding of business, comparative political economy, human resource management and the sociology of work and apply to complex issues in the field of international management
- Prepare for a career in a wide range of management situations including those requiring knowledge of the global business context and cross-national competence by developing relevant knowledge and skills
- Develop the skills of advanced networking and team-working in order to compete in a rapidly changing international business environment
To give you a taster of the modules you can expect to study, we have expanded on some of the modules that are normally affiliated with this programme.
- Work effectively in diverse and interdisciplinary teams
- Undertake and contribute towards a project-based development process
- Apply critical enquiry, reflection, and creative methods to identify, frame, and resolve issues and problems at hand
- Identify user and stakeholder needs and value creation opportunities, whilst collecting and applying evidence-based information and knowledge to develop appropriate insights, practices and solutions
- Identify, structure, reflect on key issues and propose solutions to problems in creative ways
- Enhance your appreciation for diversity and divergent individual and disciplinary perspectives
- Be able to provide structured, reflective and critical feedback to peers and other stakeholders
- Plan and execute a project plan including scope, resources and timing
- Effectively communicate ideas, methods and results to a diverse range of stakeholders
- Use multiple, state-of-the-art date media and technologies to communicate with collaborators
- Make informed, critical and reflective decisions in time-limited situations.
- Individual Reflective Essay (55%)
- Team Project Report (40%)
- Peer Evaluation (5%)
Management in a Diverse World
- Appreciate the ways in which economic activity is embedded in particular national contexts
- Understand the nature and causes of national variations in the way that ostensibly similar processes are undertaken
- Critically evaluate a range of aspects of the behaviour of multinational companies
- Identify which features of organisations are becoming more similar across nations and which continue to differ
- Develop an approach to comparing phenomena across countries that is sensitive to the ways in which economic activity is embedded in institutional context
- Evaluate the ways in which comparative analysis is soundly carried out
- Demonstrate an effective understanding of recommendations for policy and practice underpinned by comparative analysis.
International Business and Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries
- Identify and critically assess institutional specificities in a series of developing countries
- Be critically aware of how institutional factors shape companies’ organisational structures and practices
- Critically evaluate a range of contextual factors in developing countries and how firms can react to them
- Explain and critically reflect on different ways of doing business in different parts of the world
- Critically evaluate key concepts used to describe the institutional and cultural business context in developing countries
- Critically analyse companies strategic and organizational reactions to key challenges in developing countries
- Critically analyse and synthesise academic literature and other sources of information
- Construct and present convincing, logically coherent arguments orally and in writing
- Demonstrate effective oral presentation skills.
- Group presentation (20%)
- Oral exam and poster presentation (80%)
Sociology of Work
- Identify the evolution of work organisation and employment relations over time and how they vary within and across national economies
- Assess the competitive and institutional pressures facing HR managers and corporate managers and how these vary over time and across national economies
- Identify the sources of variation in job quality and labour market dynamics, including why many advanced capitalist economies are increasingly experiencing a growth of bad jobs
- Have a basic understanding of sociological theories including social constructionism, embeddedness and theory and theories of social class and power
- Critically analyse the sources of job quality, the sources of gender and racial discrimination in the labour market, roles of trade unions, the differences between sectors and occupations, and trends in skill development
- Critically evaluate theories of seeking to explain job quality, skill development and inequality
- Explain the role of institutions and power in the economy
- Critically evaluate strategies and models of work organisation, including scientific management, socio-technical systems and lean production
- Identify the effects of standardisation, autonomy and employee involvement in shaping organisational performance.
Assessment consists of 1 x Time-limited Assessment (maximum of 3,000 words).
International Human Resource Management (HRM)
- Compare the impact of national institutions on HRM, with special reference to industrial relations systems and labor market regulations
- Evaluate cross cultural differences in international management with regard to leadership, worker motivation, communication and negotiation
- Evaluate the effectiveness of particular HRM policies and practices in different national and organizational settings
- Evaluate the roles of alternative international HRM strategies and practices on the success of multinational companies
- Evaluate the influence of multinational corporations’ HRM policies on the quality of work within their global value chains
- Develop an approach to understanding how HRM differs across countries that is sensitive to the ways in which the practices of firms are embedded in institutional context
- Evaluate the ways in which those practicing international HRM can be effective in their roles
- Coursework (100%)
Comparative Political Economy
- How businesses and other economic actors are influenced by sectoral, national and global institutions
- The different institutional trajectories along which regional and national economics develop
- Explain how market economies vary in terms of work organisation and employment relations, corporate governance & financial systems, inter-firm relations& forms of competition, state-society relations
- Identify the similar and distinct pressures facing managers, workers and policy makers across advanced capitalist economics
- Assess the causes of contemporary economic problems including slow growth, rising inequality and recurring economic crises
- Critically evaluate alternative theoretical approaches to economic analysis including historical institutionalist, regulation theory, embeddedness theory and social constructionist theory
- Critically analyse variations in how national capitalist economies are configured, the causes of strong and weak economic growth, high or low inequality and economic stability and crisis
- Critically evaluate key theories in the areas of comparative political economy and institutional theory
- Identify the role of institutions and politics in the functioning of the economy
- Critically evaluate macroeconomic policies and corporate policies and strategies
- Assess the pressures facing policy makers and corporate managers.
Assessment consists of 1 x 100% Time-Limited Assessment (maximum 3,000 words).
International and Comparative Employment Relations: Sports Industry Focus
This module will introduce you to the study of industrial and employment relations in international and comparative institutional perspective. We will explore various industrial relations systems and institutions especially those of the UK, Continental Europe, USA and China.
We will discuss the role of the state, employers, trade unions and workers when discussing matters affecting employment and industrial relations. We will address systems of collective bargaining, the employment relationship, worker participation, regulation and the role of international institutions such as the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and global union federations.
The module also explores contemporary issues in the development of transnational structures and processes including the development of International Framework Agreements, international labour standards, transnational works councils and social dialogue.
The module will introduce students to the field of employment relations as an academic and policy oriented discipline, including various theoretical approaches and traditions, provide students with a comparative analysis of national industrial relations systems, focuses on the UK, Europe USA and China and provide in-depth analysis of key actors in employment relations, including employers, trade unions and the state.
On completion of this module students should be able to:
- Explain key concepts in contemporary industrial and employment relations in comparative and international perspective
- Identify the global, national and sectoral institutional contexts of industrial relations
- Assess aspects of diversity and change in industrial relations in the countries and sectors studied
- Critically analyse national / sectoral variations in employment relations systems and their interaction with transnational structures and processes
- Critically evaluate key theories in the areas of employment relations and comparative institutional analysis
- Assess industrial relations systems in comparative and international perspectives
- Critically evaluate the functions, problems and benefits of collective bargaining, worker participation, regulation and international institutions
- Reflect critically on practices of and relations between employers, workers, trade unions, the state and international institutions.
- Two in-class assignments (80%)
- Group presentation (20%)
Diversity in Global Organisations
This module will address diversity management in multinational organisations. It will provide an understand the dimensions of diversity within organisations operating across borders and their implications for management of organisations, careers and teams. It will identify differences and complementarities between cultural and institutional framework. The module will teach students to assess the ways in which diversity affects micro-level managerial and team behaviour and to critically assess the extent to which approaches to diversity management are shaped by organisations and external forces. It will introduce debates and theories on how diversity and cross-cultural differences relate to corporate social responsibility and international human resource management practices and organizational performance.
- Critically assess theoretical frameworks underpinning diversity and inter-cultural management
- Assess the ways in which diversity shapes organisational behaviour at individual and group level, including leadership, motivation and team processes
- Identify the differences in formal and informal national institutions that shape diversity in global organisations and their implications for organisational policy and practice
- Explain the implications of diversity and cross-cultural management for corporate social responsibility and international human resource management
- Critically assess the implications, limitations and complementarity of key theories of diversity management
- Critically reflect upon the challenges and opportunities associated with managing a diverse workforce with implications for organisational performance
- Critically analyse organizational practice and managerial behaviour in diverse, cross-national contexts
- Assess the effectiveness of relevant national regulations and corporate codes of conduct
- Critically evaluate recommendations for corporate policy
- Critically analyse academic literature and other sources of information
- Critically evaluate social science evidence and other forms of evidence
- Construct convincing, logically coherent arguments in writing
- Demonstrate effective teamwork and presentation skills
- 1 x 80% time limited take home exam (2,500 words)
- 1 x 20% Group Presentation
- A desk based research project that could be set by an organisation or could be a subject of the student's choice
- A project that involves collection of primary data from within an organisation or based on lab and/or field experiments
- An Internship within an organisation during which time students will complete a project as part of their role in agreement with the organisation (subject to a suitable placement position being obtained)
- By undertaking a dissertation at master's level, you will achieve a high level of understanding in your chosen subject area and will produce a written thesis or project report which will discuss your research in more detail.
- The importance of project planning
- The importance of a clear hypothesis or research question
- The ethical implications of research
- The relevant empirical data and methodologies for data collection or knowledge assimilation for the subject area
- Methods of data analysis and their suitability for the intended data
- The areas of expertise or publications of the major individuals or organisations in the subject or business area
- The previous research or current knowledge in the specific subject or business area
- Theoretical perspectives relevant to your chosen topic
- The most effective methods of presentation for data or knowledge
- Developing a clear, coherent and original research question, hypothesis or business problem in a suitable subject area
- Synthesising relevant sources (e.g. research literature, primary data) to construct a coherent argument in response to your research question, hypothesis or business problem
- Analysing primary or secondary data collected by an appropriate method
- Critically evaluating data collected in context with previously published knowledge or information
- Engaging in critical debate and argumentation in written work
- Applying principles of good scholarly practice to your written work
- Performing appropriate literature searching/business information searching using library databases or other reputable sources
- Planning a research project and producing a realistic gantt chart demonstrating your intended timelines
- Synthesising information from appropriate sources
- Demonstrating rational use of research method tools
- Selecting and using appropriate investigative and research skills
- Demonstrating effective project planning skills
- Finding and evaluating scholarly sources
- Engaging in critical reasoning, debate and argumentation
- Demonstrating effective report writing skills
- Recognising and using resources effectively
- Successfully managing a project from idea to completion
- Demonstrating commercial awareness or the impact of knowledge transfer in a business or research environment.
- Research proposal (10%)
- Dissertation report (90%)
Modules are assessed by a combination of essays, group exercises, presentations, oral assessments and time constrained assignments. Subject to your choices, there may also be exams. Take a look at our modules to see the type of assessments you can expect to undertake.
Future career prospects
This programme is suited to individuals who are looking to develop expertise in international management with knowledge of the issues facing economies that are in transition and are becoming increasingly integrated into the global economy.