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					   MSc International Management
       School of Management
Royal Holloway, University of London

         Induction 2011/12
           (Sixth Cohort)

Dr Derrick Chong, Programme Director

  Mrs Helen McEwan, Administrator

       September 2012

 Where do you want to be?
What do you want to be doing?

There is a requirement to manage your own personal
   development alongside completing a rigorous
            academic programme of study

     Hunt for a job and/or summer internship

Start in Term 1 to be considered by large companies

Consider opportunities outside your home country

RHUL – School of Management
Taught Postgraduate (PGT) Programmes

   General Management (2)
         MSc International Management

         MBA International Management

   Specialist Management (8)
         MA: Asia Pacific Business; Marketing

         MSc: Business Information Systems;
          Entrepreneurship; International Accounting;
          International HRM; Leadership and Management
          in Health; Sustainability and Management
MSc International Management

   Taught postgraduate qualification in International
    Management from a research-led College of the
    University of London
   ‘Pre-experience’ (0-2yrs of f/t work experience)
   Did not read management as part of an undergraduate
    (first) degree
    Knowledge of core management functions and
    transferable, soft skills
    Aged 21-25yrs from 20-odd nations
    AMBA-accredited (redesign commended in 2010)
MSc IM Redesigned for 2010/11

   Reduction in taught courses
     Electives:two courses rather than four
     Emphasis on six core management function courses
     Greater time to complete group-based assessments and for
      personal development
   Independent Research Paper (8-10,000 words) in lieu of
    Dissertation (12-15,000 words)
     MSc IM students sit six exams (3hrs each = 18hrs)
     MSc IM is a ‘conversion’ degree

MSc IM Redesigned for 2011/12

   Group-based assessment
     Greater emphasis  on process not just output
     Research Projects (Terms 1 & 2) is core for group-based
     Elimination of group-based assessment across six core
      management function courses
   Degree classification by College
     Merit band   (60-69%)
     ‘Resits’ capped at 50%

 Programme Structure (12 months, full-time; Independent
 Research Paper due in early Sep 2012, along with ‘resits’)
Term 1 (Sep-Dec 2011)         Term 2 (Jan-Mar 2012)         Exams (May-Jun 2012)

IS & Ops Mgmt                 Business Economics            Business Economics

Int’l Accounting & Finance Int’l HRM & OB                   IS & Ops Mgmt

Int’l Marketing               Elective 1 (with MBA)         Int’l Accounting & Finance
Int’l Strategy                Elective 2 (with MBA)         Int’l Marketing
Research Projects             Research Projects             Int’l HRM & OB
Professional Business Skills Professional Business Skills Int’l Strategy

Business Research             Independent Research Paper    Independent Research Paper
Programme Weighting
Courses                                Overall Weighting (%)
Six Core Management Functions          57.14
(6.0 X 9.52% each)
Two Electives                          19.05
(2.0 X 9.52% each)
Research Projects                      09.52
1.0 X 9.52% (= 2.0 X 4.76% per term)
Professional Business Skills           00.00
Business Research Methods              00.00
Independent Research Paper             14.29
(1.5 X 9.52%)
Assessment – individual (including exams, in-class tests,
and Independent Research Paper) and group-based
   Six Core Management Courses
       Individual assignment (20%) + exam (80%) or in-class test (20%) + exam
   Research Projects
       Two group-based projects (50% each)
   Two Elective Courses
       Assignment or in-class test or group-based project (100%)
   Professional Business Skills (0%)
       Personal development
   Business Research Methods (0%)
       Supports Independent Research Paper
   Independent Research Paper
       8-10,000 words (100%)                                               11
Attendance and Preparation

   Attendance is required for all sessions (lectures and
     Monitored by the College and UK’s Border Agency
     Do not sign attendance sheets for ‘friends’
     Do not pursue social and entertainment activities (on laptops
      and/or phones)
   Preparation before sessions
     Essential for both lectures (to understand what is being
       presented) and workshops (to facilitate discussions)

   Term 1 Schedule
        Mon         Tue         Wed            Thu         Fri

9-10    Core Mgmt                              Core Mgmt

10-11   Core Mgmt               Professional   Core Mgmt
                                Business                               Also Term 1
                                Skills 1
11-12               Core Mgmt   Professional               Core Mgmt   • Research Projects
                                Business                               (group-based)
                                Skills 1
                                                                       • Business Research
12-13   WS 1        Core Mgmt                  WS 3        Core Mgmt   Methods (preparation for
13-14   WS 2        WS4                        WS 4        WS 2        Independent Research

14-15   WS 3        WS 1        Professional   WS 1        WS 3
                                Skills 2

15-16   WS 4                    Professional   WS 2        WS 4
                                Skills 2
16-17               WS 2                                   WS 1
17-18               WS 3
    Elective Course Selection – Term 2
    (Note: selection process with submission deadline in early Oct)
   MN5104 – Advertising & Promotional Communications (Marketing)
   MN5115 – Marketing Research (Marketing)
   MN5211 – International Business Law (Law)
   MN5212 – Commercial Dispute Settlement (Law)
   MN5214 – Business Ethics (Sustainability)
   MN5281 – International Sustainability Management (Sustainability)
   MN5107 – International Investment Management (Finance)
   MN5108 – International Corporate Finance (Finance)
   MN5109 – Knowledge Management
   MN5191 – Multinational Enterprise & the Global Economy
   MN5193 – Entrepreneurship
   MN5201 – International Business Analysis
Working in ‘Peer-Based’ Groups
Process and Output
   Peer-based groups
     Not directmanagement authority
     Cooperative effort is essential

   Organizations and teams (social system)
     Undertaking involving   cooperation around a common goal
     How to manage conflict (differences of opinion, effort)?
     Diversity in organizations is deemed good
     Ad-hoc teams in organizations

   ‘Self and Peer Assessment’ document to be completed
     Support and   guidance of course instructors
Skills Development

   Transferable skills (in addition to subject knowledge)
      Learning to learn
      Self-awareness, openness and sensitivity to diversity
      Interpersonal skills of effective listening, negotiating,
       and persuasion

Working in Groups
Some Suggestions
   Who are your group members? Why are they here?
    What do they hope to achieve? (What do they eat?)
   What and how you communicate or behave? How is it
    perceived by other group members?
   Adopt English as common language
   Do not spilt the task (final output) in a piecemeal
    manner; edit for consistency
   Independent thinking in advance of group meetings
    (including ‘brainstorming’ sessions)
   Individual responsibility to the group (reliability)
   Collective responsibility for the final output
   Maintain contact outside of scheduled meetings       17
Avoid Plagiarism

   Plagiarize = ‘take and use another person’s thoughts,
    writings, or investigations as one’s own’ (COD); so
    plagiarism and plagiarist
   Considered academic misconduct (crime of intellectual
    theft) by the College with severe penalties including
    expulsion and material impact on degree classification
   Deliberate attempt to deceive vs carelessness vs
    ignorance of correct practice

Research Resources
   Handbooks for Management
      Alan Bryman and Emma Bell, Business Research Methods, 3rd
       ed. (2011)
      John Creswell, Research Design, 3rd ed. (2009)
      Mark Saunders, Philip Lewis, and Adrian Thornhill, Research
       Methods for Business Students, 5th ed. (2009)
   Citation / Academic Referencing
      APA Style (which includes the so-called ‘Harvard’ citation
      Purdue University has an excellent and free resource, OWL
       (online writing lab), with a summary of citation styles:
Informed Reading and Listening
   ‘Informed Opinion’ is important
       Instructors are keen on your assessment/interpretation of a
        situation/case, however, they will expect that your opinion is informed
   Databases of management journals
       Access College’s library portal
       Harvard Business Review, McKinsey Quarterly, California Management Review,
        Sloan Management Review, and Journal of Management Studies are general
        management journals
   International business press
       Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Fortune,
        Forbes, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Economist
       MBA Gym (free and FT initiative)
   BBC Radio
       Radio 4 (92.4-94.6); see for accompanying material
In Addition to Studying

   Physical activity – individual exercise or team sport – is
   Visit London and areas near Egham (Windsor and Richmond-
   ‘Half a pint of your finest bitter, please’
       Examples of ‘real ale’: Timothy Taylor Landlord, St Austell Tribute,
        Fuller’s London Pride, Young’s Ordinary, Greene King IPA, Sharp’s
        Doom Bar, Harveys Sussex Best Bitter, Adnams
       Local pubs include The Happy Man, The Bee Hive, The Crown, Alma
        Mater, and The Barley Mow (Englefield Green)
       Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA)

What RHUL Offers

   Intellectual Rigour

   Personal Development

   Social Capital (Networks)


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