Leading and Managing in Global Environment – Assignment Questions and Answers

Assignment Questions:


  1. Choose two particular readings from each of the following topics covered in This module: Topic 4, Topic 5, Topic 6 and Topic 7. Briefly explain the key arguments and findings of your eight chosen articles.
  2. Pick Up one of the following topics covered in this module: Topic 1, Topic 2, Topic 3 and Topic 8. Read all needed readings for that topic and carry out further research on the topic. Then discuss critically why it is important in contemporary business, by giving examples from your own business or your own industry. You should clearly describe the example from your own business or industry at the beginning of your answer to this question.

Below will be taken into consideration in marking your homework:

  • Comprehensiveness and accuracy of the review of the eight articles and the organisation and the structure in presenting the key arguments and findings of these eight articles in answering Question 1 above,
  • Critical analysis of the articles and research based on your own ideas and
  • experiences in answering Question 2 above,
  • Describe the relevance of the topic chosen in Question 2 above to your own
  • business and business environment with references to the practice,
  • Presentational qualities of your paper- citation, bibliography, paragraphing,
  • spacing, spelling, quotations etc.

Topic 1: Financialised Economy Context of Modern Firms

  • Allianz (2016) Global Wealth Report, available at https://www.allianz.com/en/economic_research/publications/specials_fmo/agwr16e.html/
  • Bat, R. L, and Appelbaum, E. (2013) “The Impact of Financialization on Management and Employment Outcomes”, Center for Economic and Policy Research Upjohn Institute working paper ; 13-191 available at http://research.upjohn.org/up_workingpapers/191/
  • Ertürk, et al. (2008) “General Introduction: Financialization, Coupon Pool and Conjuncture” in Ertürk et al. eds (2008), Financialization: Key Texts and Commentary, Routledge available throught left hand menu reading list and from https://contentstore.cla.co.uk/secure/link?id=562ff063-85c7-e611-80c7-005056af4099
  • Foroohar, R. ( May 15, 2016) “Too many busines eses want a piece of the financial action”, Financial Times, available at https://www.ft.com/content/ed421ea4-1925-11e6-b197-a4af20d5575e
  • Wolf,M. (May 26, 2015) “Why finance is too much of a good thing”, Financial Times, available at https://www.ft.com/content/64c2f03a-03a0-11e5-a70f-00144feabdc0

Topic 2: Managing Financialised Firms: Shareholder Value and Agency Problem

  • Bebchuk, L. and Spamann,H. (2010) “Regulating Bankers’s Pay” Harvard John M. Olin Center for Law, Economics, and Business, Discussion Paper No. 641 available at http://ssrn.com/abstract=1410072
  • Ertürk et al. (2007) “Against agency: a positional critique”, Economy and Society Volume 36 Number 1, pp. 51-77. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03085140601089903
  • Froud et al. (2000) ‘Shareholder value and financialisation: consultancy promises, management moves’, Economy and Society, 29 (1): 80–120. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/030851400360578
  • Hill, A. (April 18, 2016) “Four ways to bring galactic executive pay back to down to earth” , Financial Times available at https://www.ft.com/content/9eafda8c-0319-11e6-af1d-c47326021344

Topic 3: The Halo Effect, Narrative and Cultural Economy Approach to Management

  • Chapter 8 “Stories, Science and the Schizophrenic Tour de Force” in Rosenzweig, P. (2014), The Halo Effect, Simon & Schuster
  • Chapter 1. “How Little we Lnow” in Rosenzweig, P. (2014), The Halo Effect, Simon & Schuster
  • Chapter 4. “Halos all Around us” in Rosenzweig, P. (2014), The Halo Effect, Simon & Schuster
  • Wansleben,L. (2013) ‘Dreaming with BRICs’ Journal of Cultural Economy,  6:4, 453-471. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17530350.2012.756826
  • Mackintosh, J. (February 18, 2014) “Story Stocks Tell Tall Tales”, Financial Times available at http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/461dcebe-98c3-11e3-8503-00144feab7de.html#axzz3aVkVAYbr

Topic 4: Financial Crisis, Financial Cycles and Managing Under Uncertainty

  • Bank for International Settlement (2014), “Chapter IV. Debt and the financial cycle: domestic and global”, in BIS 84th Annual Report available at http://www.bis.org/publ/arpdf/ar2014_ec.pdf
  • Engelen et al. (2010) ‘Reconceptualizing financial innovation: frame, conjuncture and bricolage’, Economy and Society, 39: 1, 33 — 63. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03085140903424568
  • Engelen et al. (2011)” Chapter 4 Banks Misunderstood” in After the Great Complacence: Financial Innovation and Politics of Financial Reforms, Oxford University Press.
  • Erturk, Froud, Solari, & Williams. (2016) The reinvention of prudence: household savings, financialisation and forms of capitalism. CRESC Working Paper no 11. CRESC, University of Manchester. http://hummedia.manchester.ac.uk/institutes/cresc/workingpapers/wp11.pdf

Topic 5: Global Macro-economic Environment and the New Normal of Central Bank Policies

  • Ertürk, I. (2016) “Post-crisis central bank unconventional policies and financialised transmission channels”, Study, Foundation for European Progressive Studies, Finance and Inequality Project https://www.research.manchester.ac.uk/portal/files/51203791/erturk_cb_policies_and_financialisaiton_FEPS_study.pdf
  • Financial Times (February 17, 2016) “Central Banks: Negative thinking” http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/7333e92a-d4a2-11e5-829b-8564e7528e54.html
  • S&P Global (August 17, 2016) Negative Interest Rates https://www.spglobal.com/our-insights/Negative-Interest-Rates.html

Topic 6: Critical Drivers of the Modern Business Environment

  • Chapter 5 “Research to the Rescue?” in Rosenzweig, P.  (2014), The Halo Effect, Simon & Schuster
  • Chapter 9 “The Mother of All Business Questions, Take Two” in Rosenzweig, P. (2014), The Halo Effect, Simon & Schuster
  • Chapter 10 “Managing Without Coconut Headsets” in Rosenzweig, P. (2014), The Halo Effect, Simon & Schuster
  • McFall, L. and Deville, J. (2016) “The market will have you: The arts of market attachment in a digital economy” available at: https://www.academia.edu/22131764/The_market_will_have_you_The_arts_of_market_attachment_in_a_digital_economy?auto=download
  • McKinsey Global Institute (2016) Digital Globalization: The New Era of Global Flows Available at: http://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/digital-mckinsey/our-insights/digital-globalization-the-new-era-of-global-flows

Topic 7: Social Context of Firms

  • Edelman (2016) EdelmanTrust Barometer 2016, available at: https://www.edelman.com/research/2016-edelman-trust-barometer
  • Fernandez, R. and Hendrikse, R. P. (2015) “Rich corporations, poor societies: The financialisation of Apple”, available at: http://www.researchgate.net/publication/283289637
  • Haldane, A. G. (2015) “Who owns a company?” Speech given at the University of Edinburgh Corporate Finance Conference 22 May 2015, available at: https://www.bankofengland.co.uk/-/media/boe/files/speech/2015/who-owns-a-company.pdf
  • Polman, P. (2014) “Business, society, and the future of capitalism”, available at: http://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/sustainability-and-resource-productivity/our-insights/business-society-and-the-future-of-capitalism

Topic 8: Business and Ethics

  • Ertürk et al. (2007) “The democratization of finance? Promises, outcomes and conditions”, Review of International Political Economy 14:4 http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09692290701475312
  • McKinsey Global Institute (2016) Poorer than Their Parents? Flat or Falling Incomes in Advanced Economies, available at: http://www.mckinsey.com/global-themes/employment-and-growth/poorer-than-their-parents-a-new-perspective-on-income-inequality
  • Rhodes, C. (2016) “Democratic Business Ethics: Volkswagen’s emissions scandal and the disruption of corporate sovereignty”, Organization Studies http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0170840616641984

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