International Business Environment

Topics: International trade, Comparative advantage, Economics Pages: 4 (845 words) Published: November 20, 2011

BE413 International Business Environment
1st Assignment 2009-10
(Module weight: 45%)

1) Compare and contrast two theories of international trade, of which one must be a ‘classical’ theory. Please explain the logic and evidence for each theory and what you think are its strengths and weaknesses, drawing on the sources recommended by the BE413 module. Word limit: 1000 words.

2) From the perspective of the two theories chosen for part 1 above, examine whether the strike action that began with a dispute over foreign labour at the Lindsey oil refinery in January 2009 was beneficial for the national prosperity of the UK. Word limit: 1000 words.

The coursework should fulfil the following formal criteria:

• Your text should be divided into two sections, one of which answers question 1) and the other question 2) above. Each section should be a maximum of 1000 words in length. • It should include Harvard style references for all cited works, and a bibliography at the end of the text • It should be spellchecked and grammar checked

It must be submitted by 4pm on Wednesday, 3rd March 2010


1) For question 1, you must use at least one classical theory, but can use two if you wish. In addition to the lecture slides for weeks 17 and 18, the following textbook references should be useful as introductions (and are all available in the library):

Your main textbook: Morrison, J. (2009) International Business: Challenges in a Changing World. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, Chapters 6 and 7 (especially pages 205-211).

Cairns, G. and Sliwa, M. (2008) A very Short, fairly interesting and reasonably cheap book about International Business. Los Angeles: Sage. Chapters 1, 2 and 3.

Cavusgil, S. et al. (2008) International Business: Strategy, Management and the New Realities. Chapter 4.

Czinkota, M. et al. (2009), International Business, European ed. Chichester: John Wiley. Chapter 2.

Hamilton, L. and Webster, P. (2009) The...
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