INTERNATIONAL RETAILING - 2017/8

Module code: MANM139

Module provider

Surrey Business School

Module Leader

ALEXANDER A Prof (SBS)

Number of Credits

15

ECT Credits

7.5

Framework

FHEQ Level 7

JACs code

N240

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 120

Lecture Hours: 22

Seminar Hours: 11

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Examination EXAM - CLOSED BOOK 2 HOURS 60%
Coursework GROUP WRITTEN PROJECT (3000 WORDS) 40%

Alternative Assessment

Individual essay (2,000 words) Note: this alternative assessment is not automatically available to students.

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

None

Module overview

Internationalisation is now a very substantive feature of the retail industry, with implications for retail competition, retailer strategy, retail development, digitalisation and supply chain management among other issues. A considerable and growing body of academic and practitioner literature surrounds this issue. It highlights some of the potential complexities and enduring challenges of retailing in an international environment and provides a valuable body of knowledge to inform future retail marketing managers.

Module aims

To enable students to develop an appreciation of the extent and characteristics of international retailing.

To provide insight into the management issues faced in the retail internationalisation process.

To enable the development of an appreciation of the characteristics of both developed and developing retail markets.

To introduce students to the key theoretical frameworks of retail internationalisation,

and to assist them in developing a critical evaluation of these in the context of current research and commercial developments

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the nature and extent of retail internationalisation K
Demonstrate comprehensive and detailed knowledge of the implications of the internationalisation of retailing for retail marketing managers KCP
Critically evaluate conceptualisations/theorisations applied to the internationalisation of retailing and reflect on their utility in practical applications KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:


An Overview of International Retailing
Retail Internationalisation Theory
International Retailer Expansion Formats, Approaches and Patterns
Society and Culture in International Retailing
Regulation and Market Structure
Market Selection and Sourcing & Supply Chain Management
International Retail Divestment


NB: this is indicative guidance only and is subject to revision

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy:

The lecture programme provides a framework of knowledge upon which students can base their learning and develop their understanding through a structured seminar programme, small group work, guided learning and independent study.

The learning and teaching methods include:

lectures, seminar work, practical case studies, guided learning, independent learning and guest speakers. Students will receive formative feedback, including through group presentations and discussions in seminars.

The module is supported by additional reading material and other media, and utilises SurreyLearn.

The module timetable is organised around one two hour lecture class and a one hour seminar class each week.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy:

The group project consists of an applied research essay. Candidates will be required to engage with both the academic literature and practical industry insight.  It provides an opportunity to assess learning outcomes numbered 1-6 above.

The examination will be essay-based where students have the opportunity to choose from a list of questions.  These questions will assess both the students’ theoretical and practical knowledge as well as their ability to critically analyse.  This component of assessment provides an opportunity to assess learning outcomes numbered 1-4 and 6 above.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:


Group project (3,000 words). Set in Week 1 with submission in Week 8

Reading list

Reading list for INTERNATIONAL RETAILING : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/manm139

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.