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International Business Masterclasses

The Henley International Business Masterclasses are an initiative developed in the International Business and Strategy unit at Henley Business School. The masterclasses are delivered in two sets each academic year, in the Autumn and Spring session. The Spring session 2020/2021 will consist of three masterclasses which will be taught remotely. The masterclasses are offered to PhD students and post-doctoral researchers.

Spring term Masterclasses 2020/2021 Application process

Participants can either attend as formally enrolled students or as non-enrolled attendees. The first option will provide formal recognition in the form of credits. Participants will be awarded 10 credits per module, an equivalent of 5 ECTS credits, upon the positive evaluation of coursework and payment of a tuition fee (£230 for Home and £460 for International students per module). The second option is free of tuition charges and will be non-credit bearing (participants will only receive a certificate of attendance). Application deadline for the Spring term 2020/2021 Masterclasses is 18th February 2021.

To apply for the masterclasses in Spring 2020/2021, please complete an online application form , and email the following supporting documents to Jana Oslejova:

  • a CV
  • an academic reference supporting the application

Spring Term Masterclass Modules overview:

Guest Speakers:

This Masterclass provides introduction to the role multinational enterprises (MNEs) can play in development, and how governments are able to influence the positive and negative outcomes associated with this interaction. The module will focus on issues relating to the role of MNEs in the process of industrialization and economic development. It will review the theory and evidence relating to how foreign direct investment affects economic structure and industrial development in host countries, taking special interest in developing countries, but also drawing on the experience of the developed world. The focus will be potential policies that governments can and do apply to optimize the impact of MNEs at the national and international level.

There will be a set of pre-recorded core lectures and a series of 90 minute interactive live sessions (scheduled in the afternoons between 22-26 March) where participants are welcome to ask questions and take part in a dialogue where we will discuss a broad topic with invited experts. Pre-recorded videos will be available for streaming from 7 March. It is recommended that registered participants review these recordings prior to the live sessions.

For more information on the contents and structure of this Masterclass, please view here.

Syllabus (coming soon)

Guest Speakers:

This is an advanced PhD course focusing on the key academic debates with regard to understanding of cross-national differences in human resource management (HRM) and the issues in managing human resources in the multinational enterprises (MNEs) operating across national borders.

This course will be taught fully online. The course consists of two parts. First, there will be five pre-recorded video presentations by with Henley researchers and leading scholars on important topics in IHRM. Second, there will be five interactive live (synchronous) sessions held once a day during the block week (19-23 April), in which students will meet and have discussion with Henley researchers and the leading scholars. It is recommended that registered participants review these recordings prior to the live sessions.

For more information on the contents and structure of this Masterclass, please view syllabus here.

Guest Speakers:

This course is intended for doctoral and post-doctoral researchers interested in the complex relations between IB, Innovation and Economic Geography. It aims at providing the tools to critically assess some of the main conceptual and empirical issues in this field.

The course consists of a combination of a set pre-recorded videos from the course instructors and the guest speakers and 5 x 2-hours live discussions with the guest speakers moderated by the course instructors, scheduled in the afternoons between 3-7 May 2021. The pre-recorded videos will be available for streaming from 19 April 2021. It is recommended that registered participants review these recordings prior to the live sessions.

For more information on the contents and structure of this Masterclass, please view syllabus here.