July 2017: My MSc International Business and Management classmates


For the final instalment of the 2016/17 MSc International Business and Management student blog I thought it would be nice to put the pen down and reach out to a couple of classmates to understand how their dissertations are going and highlight how everyone takes something different away from the Manchester experience. Meet Priyanka and Ehsan!

Priyanka Patel




Q – Where is home?
Muscat, Oman

Q – What is your dissertation focusing on?
Social responsibility has become increasingly prevalent in the sport industry but there has been very less academic analysis on this topic. Using Premier League football clubs as a case study my dissertation provides an analysis of their community work within the context of corporate social responsibility (CSR). The purpose of the study was to investigate to what extent these responsibilities are addressed, how they are addressed and contextualise them within an integrated model of social involvement. (Dissertation title – CSR in the Premier League)

Q – Pinpoint the most enjoyable part of the IB&M course?
The academic side of the course was certainly stimulating, but my student experience has been enriched by the students (now friends) I have met from all over the globe.

Q – What is your Manchester ‘must see or do’?
The vibrant cultural food and drinks festivals.

Q – Looking back I’ll remember…
Everything! The IB&M students, late nights at the Learning Commons, the stress before deadlines, the joy after submissions, the socials, the staff, the whole uni experience really.

Ehsan Choudhry




Q – Where is home?
Lahore, Pakistan

Q – What is your dissertation title?
Co-location patterns of R&D and Manufacturing plants, of German and Chinese firms.

Q – Which unit did you most enjoy on the IB&M course?
The Multinational Business Finance unit in Semester 2 was the most useful in terms of learning and was also really interesting at the same time.

Q – What is your Manchester ‘must see or do’?
The Wharf pub in Castlefield is really amazing with its canal views.

Q – Looking back I’ll remember…
The golden times I spent with my friends in Manchester.





To sign off this years’ blog I’ll ask myself the same questions and wish all current and future MSc students the best of luck over the coming years.

Q – Where is home?
Home is a market town 40 mins south of Manchester called Congleton

Q – Tell us a little about your dissertation?
I’m looking into how multisided platform firms successfully applying or acquiring Artificial Intelligence start-ups are paving the way for seamless internationalisation and revolutionising the processes of international business.

Q – Most enjoyable part/module of the IB&M course?
In terms of units, International Business Strategy in Semester 2 was great as we put into practice some key strategic tools through the assessments and it had a great balance of group work, individual application, reports and presentations.

Q – What is your Manchester ‘must see or do’?
For some fun with friends I’d recommend heading to Junkyard Golf right next to Piccadilly station (think mini golf combined with club music and alcohol) followed by a short stroll down towards the endless bars in the Northern Quarter. Be sure to swing by Piccadilly Records on Oldham Street too if you love your music – I’ve easily spent many afternoons flicking through all the records.

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